A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing

A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing

What is the way forward for the church?
Tragically, in recent years, Christians have gotten used to revelations of abuses of many kinds in our most respected churches--from Willow Creek to Harvest, from Southern Baptist pastors to Sovereign Grace churches. Respected author and theologian Scot McKnight and former Willow Creek member Laura Barringer wrote this book to paint a pathway forward for the church.

We need a better way. The sad truth is that churches of all shapes and sizes are susceptible to abuses of power, sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse. Abuses occur most frequently when Christians neglect to create a culture that resists abuse and promotes healing, safety, and spiritual growth.

How do we keep these devastating events from repeating themselves? We need a map to get us from where we are today to where we ought to be as the body of Christ. That map is in a mysterious and beautiful little Hebrew word in Scripture that we translate "good," the word tov.

In this book, McKnight and Barringer explore the concept of tov--unpacking its richness and how it can help Christians and churches rise up to fulfill their true calling as imitators of Jesus.

Title:A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing
ISBN:9781496446008
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  • Amanda Vanecko

    An unwavering voice advocating for victims and long overdue reform to church leadership. Praying that every pastor and parishioner has the opportunity to read and learn from this incredible guide show...

  • Jeremy

    Good book. Interesting that a slough of books are coming out trying to call Christian churches to examine their relationship with power, narcissism, to question their Ecclesiology, their system, to di...

  • Walter Harrington

    It seems like more and more scandals are coming to light in churches across the nation, which is a sad reality in our cultural moment. Not sad because they are coming to light, for we should always ex...

  • Andy Bond

    This is a tough but needed read, in terms of detailing the failings of church leaders and churches.Scott and Laura explain in great detail things that went wrong at Willow Creek Church and Bill Hybels...

  • Karen (Living Unabridged)

    Much needed attempt at a critique and corrective for high profile Christian failures and the insidious, smaller but no less devastating failures as well. Knocked down a couple of stars in my review be...

  • Cheryl

    A worthwhile read for church leadership/pastors! Many who have worked for churches will see themselves in the pages. I was challenged. Wondered if it’s so either or in places.Wondered at the reasons...

  • Michael Tabet

    If the stories that have come out in the last six months about Ravi Zacharias and Carl Lentz make your heart hurt or anger you. I recommend reading or listening through “A Church Called Tov”. I am...

  • Doug Sullivan

    Good book to rattle your cage. Local and para church ministry has become way too consumer oriented, leadership (instead of followership) focused, big business fixated (we don't want to be a mom and po...

  • Ruth Grigson

    Such an important book right now! It helped me in my journey towards healing the wounds I have felt from my former church. I pray it will do the same for many other people....

  • Dave Courtney

    If there is a clear message ringing through this well written and in many ways timely book, it's that church culture is important. Even vital. Culture is important because it can be good or bad, destr...