Why Join a Small Church?  -     By: John Benton
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Why Join a Small Church?

Christian Focus Publications / 2007 / Paperback

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To join a big and thriving church is not always wrong, but it is frequently the easy option. To join a little, needy congregation is not a decision to be taken lightly. It will probably require more guts, love, resilience and spiritual exertion than one thought possible. But can the church truly be maintained if all we have are large churches? Can community be maintained? Would we not give up our community to drive large numbers of miles to go to church?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 7.80 X 5.12 X 0.17 (inches)
ISBN: 1845504070
ISBN-13: 9781845504076
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"A Christian married couple I know of had to move out of London and leave their church to go north with the husband's job."

"Much to the surprise of some of their long-term Christian pals they began attending the little and very local Anglican church in the village to which they had moved. The Christian friends of the couple had concerns. The church was small, the teaching was not heretical but it was not great, and there was nothing there for their four children.

"It was while talking through these concerns one evening with one of their friends that the husband made a comment which was highly significant. He said, ‘How could we drive past one church to go to another?' They felt, before God, they just could not do it.

"They refused to dismiss the little church because it was in a poorly state. They were more concerned to help Christ's cause there than they were for their own immediate welfare or ‘enjoyment' of the ministry.

"To join a big and thriving church is not always wrong, but it is frequently the easy option. To join a little, needy congregation is not a decision to be taken lightly. It will probably require far more guts, love, resilience and spiritual exertion. But how the devil would love to herd Christians into a few big city centre churches, getting them to travel miles from their communities, and leaving vast tracts of our country with no viable witness for the gospel.

"This book is written as a plea for Christians to think again about getting involved with a small church. Ask yourself the question, ‘How can we drive past one church to go to another?'"

Author Bio

John Benton is pastor of Chertsey Street Baptist Church, Guildford, England and Managing Editor of the monthly newspaper, Evangelicals Now. John & his wife Ann have written many books; some as a joint venture. They are in demand as conference speakers.

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How to make a small church great is dealt with the ideal of living near to your church and being faithful to its work. John Benton issues a solemn warning: 'it may well be that the present time is an irrecoverable moment for the church in our land'.
"A thought-provoking book which helps the reader re-examine the reasons why he or she is worshipping in a particular church. It is also very helpful for someone moving to an area and making decisions about where to worship."
"Highly recommended"

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2009
    David Cox
    I am a pastor of a small church. Every member of a small church should read this book and then pass it on to other Christians who are looking for a church to join. I also recommend by the same author "The Big Picture for Small Churches."
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