Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture - eBook
Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture - eBook  -     By: Tim Suttle
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780310515135
ISBN-13: 9780310515135
UPC: 025986515133

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Among followers of Jesus, great is often the enemy of good.

The drive to be great—to be a success by the standards of the world—often crowds out the qualities of goodness, virtue, and faithfulness that should define the central focus of Christian leadership. In the culture of today’s church, successful leadership is often judged by what works, while persistent faithfulness takes a back seat. If a ministry doesn’t produce results, it is dropped. If people don’t respond, we move on. This pursuit of “greatness” exerts a crushing pressure on the local church and creates a consuming anxiety in its leaders. In their pursuit of this warped vision of greatness, church leaders end up embracing a leadership narrative that runs counter to the sacrificial call of the gospel story.

When church leaders focus on faithfulness to God and the gospel, however, it’s always a kingdom-win—regardless of the visible results of their ministry. John the Baptist modeled this kind of leadership. As John’s disciples crossed the Jordan River to follow after Jesus, John freely released them to a greater calling than following him. Speaking of Jesus, John said: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Joyfully satisfied to have been faithful to his calling, John knew that the size and scope of his ministry would be determined by the will of the Father, not his own will. Following the example of John the Baptist and with a careful look at the teaching of Scripture, Tim Suttle dares church leaders to risk failure by chasing the vision God has given them—no matter how small it might seem—instead of pursuing the broad path of pragmatism that leads to fame and numerical success.

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Tim Suttle is  the pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas and the author of Finding God's Story in the Midst of Extremes and Public Jesus. Tim and his wife, Kristin, live in Kansas City with their two boys, Nicholas and Lewis.

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  1. C. Carstens
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    Shrink - Methodical, Artistic, Theological, Profound
    September 4, 2014
    C. Carstens
    There is so much in this book that I resonated with. Suttle refuses to give a new model or strategy for church leaders, which is exactly why this book is so groundbreaking. His call is to switch stories from the American narrative that pushes us to go bigger, higher, faster and stronger to a story that Jesus calls us to One in which the last will be first and the first will be last; one in which faithfulness to Jesus and the pursuit of Gods will for our lives as persons and as communities require a relinquishing of ambition and an embrace of descent.

    Shrink will hopefully be a book that is looked back on a century from now as one of the signposts that helped guide the American church away from the obsessive numbers driven growth model to one that is content with being faithful.
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