Monday, October 11, 2010

The Strategically Small Church (Book Review)


The Strategically Small Church is an effort to change the way people think about small church ministry. Because the values of the church growth movement have so pervaded all discussions about Christian ministry, congregation size has become the primary indication of church faithfulness and success. As a result, many–maybe most–people think of small churches as disengaged, irrelevant, and even disobedient.

The Strategically Small Church is an effort to show that the small-membership church is uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of ministry in the 21st century. Instead of being disengaged, irrelevant, and disobedient, small churches are better positioned than their larger counterparts to adjust to cultural changes and become authentic expressions of Christian faithfulness. They don’t need programs, growth charts, and consultant analyses. The small church has everything it needs, for the leader with eyes to see.

My thoughts:

By reading the title, you may think this book is kicking the mega church.  However, that is not the case.  Instead, author Brandon J. O’Brien, points out ways that the small church can best utilize it’s size, location and resources to impact its local area.    This is not a “make your church grow book”!!  It’s a “despise not the day of small beginnings” book.

Not all churches are called to be mega.  Not all churches are called to have program after program after program.  Find you churches area of influence and focus on that!   If the church down the street has a soup kitchen, don’t start one of your own and compete for hungry people….send workers down there to help them!  It’s not about us!  It’s about HIM!

If you would like to download the first chapter, for FREE, click here.   You can purchase your own copy of The Strategically Small Church from Amazon.



The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.  I received a free copy of The Strategically Small Church for review purposes only.  I received no other compensation for my review.




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