"What a refreshing book! Imagine a church whose primary emphasis is to make people "feel at home." I wish every young pastor could read this book. Thanks, Lee, for a wonderful reminder of what the church is to be."
-Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago
Is your church acting like an organization or a home?You love your church, but you wonder if it could be more. There’s a greeting team, but is there a true spirit of welcoming? There are committees, leaders, and programs, but is there a Spirit-led vision? There are small groups, but are people truly connected?
Pastor and award-winning author Lee Eclov was troubled by these questions. Then, he had a realization: he wasn’t called to lead an organization, but a family. His job was to be a "homemaker," not a CEO. This paradigm shift changed everything. In Feels Like Home, he shares what he’s learned from over 40 years of ministry about being the family of God and how to live into that beautiful reality.
This short volume is full of stories of small adjustments that make a huge difference in the effectiveness, warmth, and growth of a church community. Discover how the love of a family can transform your church.
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About the Author
LEE ECLOV is Senior Pastor of the Village Church of Lincolnshire (Evangelical Free) in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he has served since 1998. Previously, he served for 14 years as senior pastor of Chippewa Evangelical Free Church, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and for five years as an Assistant Pastor at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church, Deerfield, Illinois. His columns on preaching and his sermons appear regularly at www.PreachingToday.com and he is a Contributing Editor of Leadership Journal. He has been an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for over ten years, currently teaching pastoral counseling. Lee is a native of South Dakota and the product of a rural church. He and his wife Susan have been married for nearly 40 years and have one son, Anders.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Our Family Album
1 You Can't Feel at Home in an Organization 19
2 Ruth: The Love That Will Not Let Us Go 31
3 Brothers and Sisters 43
4 Love's Coat of Many Colors 53
5 Philemon: Fresh Starts Refresh Hearts 67
Part 2 Interior Design: The Spiritual Art of Decorating a Church Home
6 God's Family at Rest 85
7 Company's Coming 99
8 Personal Attention 113
9 What Care Looks Like 125
10 The Whole Church Preaches 137
11 Parenting the Church Family 149
12 Close to Home 163
About the Author 187