“In many areas of theology, there has been a stirring in the hearts of men to subject their beliefs and practices to the tenant of sola scriptura. However, the question still remains as to whether or not we will subject our view of the church and the family to this same principle. Any hope for a genuine reformation in our time will die in its infancy if we do not allow the Scriptures to permeate and govern every aspect of our lives. A Weed in the Church is something of a “Wittenberg Door” for the evangelical community. It calls us to examine our present practices in light of the Scriptures and to make the necessary changes to bring the church and the family in conformity to them. May God give us the wisdom and courage to do so.”
Director, Heart Cry Missionary Society
“Biblical worship, discipleship, and unity should be the goal of the blood- bought churches of Jesus Christ. One heart, one soul, one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father—Christ’s eternally loved churches should earnestly seek this oneness. Some have embraced the novel idea that programmatic age-segregation is the best way to achieve this. Scott Brown disagrees. He believes there is a better way: age- integration. He makes his case by examining Scripture and history in this challenging, thought-provoking book. Read it carefully and prayerfully: Sunday School, children’s church, and youth groups will never quite look the same if you do.”
Pastor of Mount Zion Bible Church
“This book has far-reaching implications for Christianity, worldwide. Scott Brown explains how the traditions of men make the laws of God of none effect in the discipleship of our children. Is there any wonder why the faith has so little potency to effect the generations? May God bring repentance to the church in the west!”
Pastor of Reformation Church and President of Generations with Vision
“A Weed in the Church is honest, thoughtful and biblical. In the best Reformation tradition it considers our own traditions in the light of God’s Word. And then, directs us to obedience to the Word. I commend it highly.”
RC Sproul Jr.
Founder of Highlands Ministries, and a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries.
In the book "A Weed In The Church", author Scott Brown has struck a nerve, and many churches are screaming in pain. The reason? Youth programs are simply not working. The scary part of the mix: instead of churches seeking the solutions from the Scriptures, many in church leadership are spending time and effort to "keep' the failing programs functioning for financial, employment, or prideful reasons.
Meanwhile, the loss of Christian youth--and their families--continues. Brown believes that the time has come to realize that the ation and splitting up' of families in the church setting needs to end, and the home needs to take its rightful place in the biblical teaching and training role. His book centers upon what God has already said in the Scriptures about the family as HE set it down, not as how society 'dictates' to the church the various and sundry social definitions of what a family should be.
A Weed In The Church" (2010, 286 pages, The National Center for Family- Integrated Churches Publications) is a controversial work to say the least. It is NOT for heart in church leadership, but for those who have seen the lack of movement in the "old' model of Sunday School as it exists today, and want to see a vibrant, God-blessed change and revival in their churches. Chapters include "Interpreting Scripture "The Family Centered Nature of Youth Discipleship", and "Results of Neglecting Youth Discipleship."
To keep on doing the same old thing when the times change about you--and a new thing is called for to meet these challenges -is the height of folly. Brown's work is not for the timid, but for those churches--and Pastors--who want to see the families in their congregations grow stronger, instead of weaker. It is an excellent addition to one's library.
Minister, Reviewer and Syndicated Columnist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Line Reviews brings current and lesser-known titles to public light in the quest to re-kindle a love for reading in a sea of modern technology
I highly recommend this book and if you are one who sees great benefit in age segregated youth ministry I can only ask that you read the book with a mind to see what it has to say. Then weigh the content with scripture and let the word of God speak to the subject, as it so clearly does. Anyone seeking to make disciples should have as their one desire that of glorifying God and that does not only happen in the disciple that is developed but also by the method used to make disciples. Truthfully the fruit of ministry over time shows that fully mature and God glorifying disciples are most often produced by the methods God directs in His word. Let us seek to follow those methods and not the methods of man.”
If you ever wondered why "church" doesn't seem to be "working" for your kids, read this and really think about the roles laid down in Scripture. Does the current way we "do church" line up with Scripture?”