Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything

Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything


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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802418869
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

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

Afterword 177

Acknowledgments 181

Notes 183

About the Author 187

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