Pastors of small congregations must fill many roles---but their first is that of nurturing spiritual growth. Featuring concrete examples, this helpful guide shows you and your parishioners how to move from religious instincts to divinely inspired insights, initiatives, integrity, and inclusiveness; and discusses the benefits and challenges of the small church. 128 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
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Date:February 5, 2007
I co-pastor a small membership congregation and found this book disappointing. The book is written from a Weslyan perspective. I found it weak on Scriptural support. If you agree with statements like this "...systematic theology, philosophy of religion, and church history did not seem helpful in my search for a loving God" (p 5), then you may find this book useful. I don't, and didn't. The author should, IMHO, search for who God IS, as evidenced by ALL the Scriptures, rather than searching only for a "loving" God. This is just one example, but I found statements on practically every page that just left me shaking my head. On the upside, some good points are raised regarding our treatment of "different" people and I agreed with the author there, but again, Biblical support (say, Act 17:26) is essential and, for the most part, lacking. I bought 2 similar books, this one and Daman's "Shepherding the Small Church" and found Daman's to far more useful and Scriptural. In hindsight, the titles are revealing: "Shepherding" vs. "Spiritual Leadership".