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The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

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Overview

Brandon O'Brien helps pastors and church leaders understand that a smaller church is sometimes better than a big one. He demonstrates the strengths of small congregations, including that today's church "shoppers" want services that are local, personal, and intimate. Also, small churches provide space to nurture close relationships across age and lifestyle barriers, and they facilitate a higher level of commitment from laypeople. And small church budgets are often more effective because of greater efficiency. The Strategically Small Church will encourage small-church pastors in their ministries and challenge them to play to their strengths.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764207839
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,115,131
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brandon J. O'Brien is editor-at-large for Leadership Journal and their popular blog, Out of Ur. He holds an MA in church history from Wheaton College and served as pastor of two small congregations. Brandon lives with his wife in the western suburbs of Chicago, where he is a doctoral student in church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

1 See for Yourself: Reimagining Ministry Success 21

2 Downward Mobility: Four Ministries Shrink for the Kingdom's Sake 39

3 Keeping It Real: The Authentic Church 57

4 Keeping It Lean: The Nimble Church 77

5 The Work of the People: The Equipping Church 101

6 New Focus on the Family: The Intergenerational Church 121

7 Filling the Leadership Gap: The Training Church 139

8 Catch the Vision 155

Notes 169

Acknowledgments 175

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