The Rebirth of the Church

Applying Paul's Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World

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"A robust, prophetic missiology for the post-Christendom era"

"This is a robust, prophetic missiology for the post-Christendom era from a mature expert who has helped guide us for the last four decades. The advice is sound and the implications are unavoidable. Definitely a worthwhile read."
--Alan Hirsch, author of numerous award-winning books, founder of Forge Mission Training Network, and leader of Future Travelers (

"In The Rebirth of the Church, Eddie Gibbs offers a rich, thought-provoking, and thoroughly biblical approach to church leadership. Gibbs brings his wise and winsome approach to bear on key leadership issues that pertain both to New Testament churches and twenty-first century communities. Only he could write a volume that illuminates and addresses these two worlds in such a compelling way."
--Ryan Bolger, Fuller Theological Seminary; editor of The Gospel after Christendom

"We have all come to appreciate Eddie Gibbs's insightful critique of the church--and of church leadership--in the contemporary Western world. The Rebirth of the Church is classic Gibbs with a twist. Here he delves deeply and skillfully into the New Testament documents in order to provide direction for the church in the pluralistic culture we now inhabit. The result is a refreshing and persuasive challenge to exchange an unbiblical, consumerist institutionalism that has been so characteristic of American evangelicalism for a relationally robust ecclesiology that offers hope for the future."
--Joe Hellerman, Talbot School of Theology; team pastor, Oceanside Christian Fellowship; author of When the Church Was a Family

"Eddie Gibbs's newest book could be his most influential. The recovery of Christianity's engagement with secular communities is crucial; if that does not happen, not much else will happen."
--George Hunter, School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary


Eddie Gibbs, Author

Eddie Gibbs (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor emeritus of church growth in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and contributes to the Study of Emerging Churches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of numerous books, including ChurchMorph, Emerging Churches, and ChurchNext (winner of a Christianity Today Book Award).

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