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Book Summary

Letters to the Church book cover
Letters to the Church book cover

God’s Church started as a radical, spiritually intimate gathering of believers that ultimately changed history. Yet millions today are content to be mere observers at church. Many more have left, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up His people—people who will risk anything and sacrifice everything to be the dynamic, world-changing Church of Scripture.

In Letters to the Church, Francis Chan invites readers to wrestle with the fact that many churches have drifted from God’s desire for them. He challenges Christians to ask, “What does God want for His Church? When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives?”

Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Chan guides Christ followers to live out God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church—a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten.

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Why Write This Book?

On a recent trip to Israel, Francis stood in the Jordan River and reflected on the sacred moments that took place there. Watch and listen as Francis shares his heart for the Church and explains his passion behind this important book.

“When He returns, I want Him to find me giving everything I’ve got to bring health to the church—and that’s what this book is about. My hope is that you also will see the need to repent from this casual attitude and treat the church as sacred again.”

Francis Chan

The Author

Francis Chan is a pastor, speaker and best-selling author. God used the death of his parents early in childhood, to give Francis a deep understanding of the brevity of life. This has shaped his life and teaching with an eternal perspective, as he continues to challenge believers to live on mission, willing to surrender everything.

Francis has been used powerfully by God to author books Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, Multiply, and You and Me Forever. God’s blessing on these books have spread millions of copies around the world in many different languages.

Francis’s love for teaching the Word compelled him to found Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, where he pastored for 16 years. He helped found Radius International, which equips cross-cultural church planters with skills necessary to plant healthy, viable and reproducing churches. He recently started Project Bayview, discipleship homes for men and women who are coming out of addiction or incarceration.

Currently, Francis is a pastor of We Are Church and is planting churches in Northern California, where he lives with his wife of 25 years, Lisa. They have seven children and one beautiful granddaughter.

Resources

Letters to the Church study guide & video
Letters to the Church study guide & video

Study Guide

What does God want for His Church?

The Letters to the Church Study Guide practically equips this generation to do whatever it takes to restore the Church to her former glory.

Journey with those around you—whether your church or small group—and take practical steps to live out fundamental principles from the Bible. Be challenged, guided, and encouraged to passionately pursue God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church.

Come experience what it means to be part of this family. His family. His Church.

Video Series

What does the Church really look like? What is it that God wants for His Church?

The Letters to the Church Video Series walks with this generation, showing what it can look like to be the Church God desires.

Join Francis as he takes you on a journey through the chapters of Letters to the Church, hear his heart for the Bride of Christ, and join him as he leans in to God’s desire for the Church. You’ll also see first-hand stories of transformation and be encouraged that you too can pursue God’s heart for His Church.

See the difference you can make, right where you are.

Available in DVD & digital download formats.

We Are Church Documentary

This free, 20-minute documentary is available for streaming.

  • Hear from Pastor Chan and members of We Are Church on their individual journeys to live out biblical Church.
  • Be inspired to become the Church