Why Bother With Church? by Sam Alberry


EQUIP19 Picks - 10 books chosen and reviewed for you by our EQUIP team

You know those days when the beach looks like a better option than church? Or you’d rather stay in bed? Or anything else really!  Especially at this time of year, I can start feeling the ‘winter blues’ and get a bit tired of church. But this book is the perfect flu-shot!

I love this scaringly insightful little book. Sam Alberry realistically describes how church can feel like an effort and sometimes is just hard work. But then he gives me a more optimistic reminder of my church, as both ‘human’ and ‘spiritual’. Designed around questions like ‘Why do I need church?’ and ‘What makes a good church?’, it’s full of pithy Biblical insights told in a serious but humorous sort of way. There’s also great FAQs at the end of each chapter like ‘Can’t I view my small group as my church?’.

Alberry’s book feels short but it is packed full of goodies. There’s a couple of tiny points where you might have a different view, like on baptism. But it’s a great book any time of year, and even better shared with your growth group.


  The EQUIP19 Picks will be available at the conference book shop on Saturday June 22. And for a limited time, online via our ministry partner, Reformers Bookshop.


A percentage of the sales from books bought at EQUIP19, and via the above link will support our CMS missionary, M.

Meet Di Warren

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Di is on the EQUIP Executive and has been involved in EQUIP since it began in 1999. She’s a regular speaker at EQUIP Women. Behind the scenes she enjoys mentoring and training our younger speakers.

She lives in the Shire with her husband, James, her three grown-up kids and several surfboards.