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MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Scrappy ChurchFebruary 10, 2019MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Scrappy Church" is a good and quick read on who refuse to give up and believe that God wants to do great and mighty things through their church. Just over 100 pages, the book addresses many issues on the topic, including:
1. 6 types of transitions successful scrappy churches made.
2. Characteristics of a scrappy church.
3. Major themes of the criticism leaders of scrappy churches encountered.
4. Why so many churches struggle with growing outside themselves.
5. 4 components of a sustained outward focus a church must have to continue growing.
6. 10 common issues first time quests have when visiting a church.
7. Types of positive changes scrappy churches made when welcoming visitors.
8. 4 things churches can do to keep people leaving the church as fast as when they join a church.
Well-written, full of good practical insights, and a brief read, the title is an excellent resource for any church that wants to stay alive and grow in a day when many churches are dying and closing. Will be a helpful future reference.
I was given a review copy by B&H Publishing in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5You Will Be Challenged!December 15, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Scrappy Church continues a series of wildly popular small hardbacks on church issues by Thom Rainer. This one strikes me as different than some of the earlier ones. It's less practical this time, yet much more a plea. He seems to be asking us to take what he has been saying over several of his previous books and have the courage to just do it. It reads something like a don't-give-up entreaty or maybe a start-now appeal. There could be, then, a little less information in this title, but more persuasion.
Rainer is in his wheelhouse in his declaration that God isn't done with churches yet. He sees the issues and is well aware of the difficulties, but there's no doubt he believes what he's saying. There's no sugarcoating in these pages, but no excuses either. Being a megachurch may not be in a church's future, but distinct progress is possible to his mind.
The approach that's given beyond the appeal is wrapped up in a turnaround cycle of outward deluge, welcome readiness, and backdoor closure. After you read this book you will likely agree that these three are the outline of the work that's needed. I know I got some ideas out of this book and some challenge too. Another winner!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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