It Can Happen Today

G. Edwin Bontrager and Nathan D. Showalter, Herald Press, Scottsdale, Pennsylvania, 1986, Teacher's Manual, 247 pages, $14.95; Student's Book, 96 pages, $5.95, paper.

Reviewed by Dennis Smith, Ministerial and Stewardship Department, Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The authors base their principles of church growth on the book of Acts. It Can Happen Today contains 13 lessons designed to help church lay leaders understand and apply the principles.

This approach is a deductive study of Acts, focusing on the themes of community life, prayer, leadership, personal witness, church planting, unity, restriction, and persecution. Each chapter consists of a Scripture study and application.

The teacher's manual is an essential ingredient for success as it helps the in structor prepare thoroughly for each class by planning ahead, becoming per sonally involved with the participants, and providing action projects. A list of materials, equipment, and a lesson plan precede each lesson. Seven "laws of teaching" are interwoven throughout the manual. Another fine feature is pages that can be copied onto over heads.

The book does a nice job of covering the principles of church growth. For those already acquainted with these principles there will be little that is new, but the material can be easily understood by members, is biblically based, and gives practical applications.

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Reviewed by Dennis Smith, Ministerial and Stewardship Department, Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

August 1988

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