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* How can a small church reach out to meet the needs of the greater community and positively impact today's culture? An experienced bi-vocational pastor, Bickers insightfully discusses maintenance vs. missional mentalities; explains and explores transformational leadership; and reveals how to capture God's vision, create a climate of change, understand our world, and more. 160 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
Recommended by the Nazarene Organic Church NetworkChange is rapidly occurring in almost every area of our society. However, the one notable exception to this is often found in the church, especially in smaller churches. Instead of responding to the changes around them, these churches have adopted a maintenance mentality, which is primarily interested in survival and risk-free ministries that are inwardly focused and fail to meet the needs of those outside their church community. If our churches are going to have an impact on today’s culture, we have to move from a maintenance mindset to a missional one.Intentional Ministry in a Not-So-Mega Church is designed to help leaders of smaller churches guide their people in making their primary focus ministering to and meeting the needs of those outside their church. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience as a small-church pastor, Dennis Bickers explores the qualities of transformational leadership and explains what it takes for leaders to create a climate in their churches that promotes and facilitates necessary change. From willingness and vision to risk-taking and commitment, Bickers challenges leaders to become the agents of change their churches need as they seek to answer and act on the question: Who are we here for?
Dennis Bickers spent twenty years as a bivocational pastor of a small church. He has written several books on bivocational ministry, received training in coaching techniques, and wrote his doctoral thesis on the benefits of coaching bivocational ministers. Each year he is invited by numerous denominations in the US and Canada to lead workshops for their bivocational and small church leaders.