I grew up in East Texas- not entirely rural, but definitely small town. From a young age, I saw churches of all shapes and sizes struggle to stay alive. Hanging on to “sacred cows” churches stuck to “because this is the way we’ve always done it.” Even today, churches cling to the past and struggle to write a new chapter for themselves and their communities.
As a Pastor at LifeChurch.tv, I’ve seen the importance of breaking free from the status quo and charting out into to untested waters. I recently read Transforming Church in Rural America, a new book by Shannon O’Dell. If you are a church leader, innovator or believer looking to have influence in any town or city, you need to get a copy of this book! Here are a few reasons:
1. You will hear O’Dell talk about “transformed lives” as the best marketing plan any church can have.
2. You will hear his story of leaving a large metropolitan area to move to a small town of under 100 people to answer a call to ministry!
3. You will laugh. The book (and online videos) are loaded with colorful illustrations from real life.
4. You will discover the value of honoring people and being faithful with God has entrusted to your church.
5. You will develop boldness for being an agent of change in your church and community.
As part of my review I’m going to be giving away a FREE copy of Transforming Church In Rural America. One out of every ten comments will win a copy. Read carefully; here is how you get your FREE copy. Take these three steps:
1. Leave a comment below. State that you would like a copy of this book in your own words of course and share why you would like one. We dig comments.
2. Fill out the form to enter HERE. New Leaf Publishing will send you a free copy if you win and they will need your address. Click this link and fill in your information, so New Leaf Publishing Group will know where to send your FREE copy in the mail.
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