Van Gelder, CraigThe Essence of the Church

(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2000), 207 pages, paperback, $18.99, Obtain from Baker Book House Company, PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516.

Craig Van Gelder wades through the many misconceptions church people have about the word “church” and offers a clear and biblical meaning by drawing together the two disciplines of Ecclesiology and Missiology. This is an excellent book for any church leader trying to make sense of what it means to be a part of the church.