5 Stars Out Of 5
Challenging and Encouraging for Church Leaders
March 28, 2012
It's rare to read a book on church leadership that is written specifically to small churches or church planters. Maybe there are others out there, but most of the good ones seem to address church leaders with vast ministries and huge staffs. I appreciated sifted because it was biblical, from the heart, practical, and challenging.
This book really challenged me in powerful ways. One important way that Cordeiro (and the others) get to the heart of the matter is by stripping away our earthly motivations for ministry success. Why are we in ministry? What is our motivation? Who brings the results--us or God?
There is also a ton of just practical stuff that goes beyond the typical church pastor books. Like most, they discuss the workaholic tendencies of pastors. But they also come from the other side and challenge pastors to work hard, that there is no substitute for sweat, toil, and labor in the ministry. For me, one of the most helpful sections was the discussion of "seasons" in ministry. Instead of striving for balance, we should recognize that there are seasons when we're giving a ton of our time to the ministry and seasons where we are giving a ton of our time to our families, etc.
This book was super encouraging and super challenging. I highly recommend it.