In Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell he shares how when he was called by God to a small rural church in Arkansas he listened and built the church to a multi-campus organization where thousands worship weekly. Although most rural churches say they want to grow they really don't. Most are happy with the status quo and when faced with change some people will leave and some will stay; those who stay are on board one hundred percent. Halfway into the first chapter I felt as if Shannon had described to me exactly the church I attended as a youth. I even had a name and faces to place with the church members he describes from his new church congregation. With rules, votes and all the ways things were always done Shannon had a big task in from of him. In this book Shannon doesn't present a step by step plan like you would find in most books. He shares through his experience and failures on what needs to happen to get people excited to go to church. Shannon shares what needs changed first, who in the congregation to put your resources for the greatest growth and where you need to first develop your leadership skills to succeed. If you have a vision and want to lead your congregation beyond where they are now then read this book.
If you have read this book what are your thoughts? How has your church grown or changed?
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