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Pastor M5 Stars Out Of 5Good Read - Practical, encouraging, and challengingJuly 23, 2019Pastor MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A good, quick read. Rainer provides encouragement to churches struggling against any mega-church wannabe desires. He challenges and provides a practical approach to becoming a scrappy church! Good for pastors, lay leaders, and anyone in your congregation.
SusanEnglandAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent read, exciting news.April 26, 2019SusanEnglandAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThis book is a treasure for small churches praying that one day they'll be even bigger than their neighbours.
It's given our Church valuable encouragement to keep moving forward, and making Jesus love known in the community.
Academy2525 Stars Out Of 5Excellent small church resource!April 5, 2019Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is extremely practical and encouraging to just such a church as ours. It is not designed for the megachurch mentality but, rather, for the small church that just wants to reach those in the neighborhoods around them. Believe me, the neighborhood around us will keep our church challenged for years to come. There is enough work in most little neighborhoods for several churches to have effect outreach.
He addresses three major areas of focus and then elaborates on each one throughout the book. I love his books they are logically written and he thoroughly explains each point while still keeping it concise and easy to read quickly. He breaks it down into
Outward focus or deluge into the community
Becoming a more welcoming church
Becoming a church that closes it's back door
If you are a small church who has hit a big bump in the road this book is for you! Rainer shares his wisdom for the small churches (of which there are many more in comparison to megachurches) and gives very practical easily applicable advice. It is not formulaic but he comes alongside and mentors pastors and churches so they can make a difference for the Kingdom of God right where they live.
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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