Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Church In The Middle

About The Book:  According to a U.S. Religion Census, approximately 150 million Americans are not engaged with any religious community. Churches have the opportunity to share the hope of the Gospel with millions of people living in a broken world. As we look to the future, however, rapid changes in society are causing approaches to ministry to become ineffective. An attractional approach, where we rely on people to come to our churches to be introduced to Jesus, isn t going to be enough. Our congregations will be most effective in reaching coming generations when we exit our buildings and engage people as Jesus did, in servanthood, compassion and love. But how can churches make that shift?  This workbook is designed for the church in the middle the church that is caught between operating with an attractional approach to ministry and a desire to get outside its walls and engage the community missionally. This book identifies the challenges facing all churches, provides tools for you to assess the present practices at your church, and helps you create and implement new ways for your church to build relationships with your community. It will walk you through practical steps to help prepare your church to reach the generations of tomorrow. Features and Benefits Workbook format encourages readers to apply concepts to their church s unique situation and context. Helps churches be better prepared for the future by providing practical steps to enact positive change in their approaches to ministry Ideal resource for church leaders Perfect for use by congregations, small groups, adult classes, leadership training, or individuals. Lay-flat binding makes it easy to write inside book. Online video introduction with author.

About The Author:  In more than 30 years of ministry, Rolland Daniels has pastored congregations large and small, worked for national organizations, and been a coach and mentor to many young leaders. Rolland has a Doctorate of Education with a focus on the changing dynamics of diversity in the world today. He speaks at various conferences across the country on leadership development, spiritual wellness, organizational life and moving the church outside its walls. Rolland is currently the Senior Associate Pastor at Madison Park Church of God and an adjunct professor for Anderson University. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Anderson, Indiana. You can follow Rolland on Twitter @RevRoll or at his blog,

My Thoughts On The Book:  As a pastor I am always looking for ways to spark life into my church.  I chose this book for that very reason.  I have a small rural church and we need to get moving so we are not left behind by the big mega churches.  I found this book very thought provoking and really enjoyed it.  I reviewed it in e-format, but loved it so much that I am going to purchase it for my library.  This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more.  It was a blueprint and planner for reaching people outside the walls of the church building.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Netgalley for 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

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