Why bother with church?

And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you

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A short, readable book that explains clearly and simply what the church is and why it really matters.

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The church has an image problem.

It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites.

How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love.

Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.

In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be.

Product details


  • Introduction
  • 1. Foundations: how to consider church
  • 2. Life changing: how to attend church
  • 3. Running: how to organise church
  • 4. Imperfect: how to survive church
  • 5. Wonderful: how to love church
  • Conclusion


Author Sam Allberry
ISBN 9781909559141
Format Paperback
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

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A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well.
- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe


Your church is a miracle. If you didn't know that, this book will help you understand why. New believers and old believers with conflicted feelings about the church will especially benefit. Read this excellent book to learn how to love Christ's people better and worship God more.

Jonathan Leeman

Editorial Director, 9Marks

An excellent and hugely important book. Up-to-date, punchy, humorous but penetrating, Sam makes the case that we need to rediscover the huge relevance of the church in our Christian lives.

Terry Virgo

Founder of Newfrontiers

This book about the church is a gift to the church. It's clear, winsome, and needed, reminding us of the great reality of the body of Christ called to live, worship, and minister together in his name until he comes. I'm grateful for this biblical call to remember who we are and what, by God's mercy, we get to be and do as his gathered people.

Kathleen Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives at The Gospel Coalition

Independent reviews

"A delight to read"

John Edward Knox, Torrey Gazette, April 20th 2016

The strength of the book is the skill Sam has in answering the questions with brevity, clarity, and thoroughness. … Sam doesn’t brush sin under the rug or cover up the ugliness brought into the church by sinners. He knows that people have been hurt by the church and he is gentle with them. He writes with both doctrinal conviction and pastoral care.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Very Helpful Summary”

We seem to find ourselves in the company of many disillusioned Christians who no longer feel the need to be part of a regular, worshipping church fellowship and although every part of me knows this is not right, until reading this book found it hard to articulate exactly why - A great help for those struggling with church in this ever increasing consumerism society. Quick & easy reading too.


“short, readable and thorough look at church and why it matters”

I found this book to be very readable, covering a lot of ground. Sam deals well with the issue of church, in a way that makes this book very appropriate as a gift to someone who is ambivalent about church involvement or inclined to focus on what church can do for them. Highly recommended


“A book worth bothering to read.”

In an age when even Christians are tempted to do their own thing, this book gives clear, biblical and compelling reasons why we need to bother with church. A succinct overview but with understanding of the questions people have about church.


“Timely biblical challenge on church”

This short book is very timely. Without being unnecessarily theological, yet extremely biblical it meets a very real need. It is free from denominational bias and deals with differences fairly and impassively. It deserves to be widely circulated and should be a challenge to Christians who are not church members.


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