b'MINISTRY & CHURCH LEADERSHIPA thoroughly revised chapter on church models like mul-tisite churches and missional churchesA brand-new chapter on meaningful church membershipJohnHammetthasbeenlaboringinthefieldof ecclesiology for years, and this book is the abundant harvest of those labors. Faithful to Scripture, conver-sant with church history and cultural context, rig-orously systematic in its structure, and lucid in its prose, this book deserves to be read by students, pas-tors, and professors alike.Bruce Riley Ashford, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryI am delighted to welcome this revised edition of John Hammetts superb study of Baptist ecclesiology. Already a classic in the field, this book will continue to introduce the principles of Baptist church life to a new generation. Highly recommended.Timothy George, Beeson Divinity Schoolof Samford UniversityJohn S. Hammett (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of systematic theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His other publications include 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lords Supper.CONTENTSPart 1: What Is the Church?1.The Nature of the Church: Biblical Foundations 2.The Marks of the Church: Historical Perspective 3.The Essence of the Church: Theological Conclusions and Practical Applications BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FORPart 2: Who Is the Church?BAPTIST CHURCHES, 2ND EDITION 4.Regenerate Church Membership: The Baptist Markof the Church A Contemporary Ecclesiology 5.Where We Went Wrong and How We Can Get Right: Returning to Faithfulness JOHN S. HAMMETT Part 3: How Is the Church Governed?6.Baptist Church Polity: The Case for Congregationalism 978-0-8254-4511-8$25.99 7.Meaningful Church Membership Paperback6 x 9400 pages 8.Elders in Baptist Life: Leaders, Not Rulers Religion / Christianity / Baptist 9.The Office of Deacon: Servants of the Church Kregel AcademicRights: World Part 4: What Does the Church Do?Available 10.The Ministries of the Church: Five Crucial Concerns 11.More Than Simple Symbols: Baptism and the Lords Supper In this useful book, professor and former pastor John HammettPart 5: Where Is the Church Going?helps church leaders think through foundational questions12.Against the Grain: New Responses to a Changed Landscape about the nature of the church. Blending biblical teaching and13.Into All the World: The Future of the Global Church practical ministry experience, Hammett presents a comprehen- Conclusion: A Call for Faithful Churchessive ecclesiology from a historic Baptist perspective, examining crucial contemporary issues such as church discipline, the role of elders, and church ministry in a post-Christian culture.This second edition contains updates throughout, including:Substantivechangestochaptersonthenatureofthe church, Baptist church polity, and deaconsAn expanded chapter on baptism and the Lords Supper24kregel.com/academic'