While we often read and hear stories of the big companies and larger churches in our communities, statistics reflect that the significant majority of businesses (99 percent in fact) and churches are small.
Perhaps there is something to be said for the blessing of being small that our culture often chooses to ignore. For such a time as this, in the midst of a rapidly changing context of church and ministry, I am blessed to serve as a pastor of a relatively small church. The journey of being pastor has been far from easy, yet it has also been a journey filled with blessings that I could never have imagined decades ago—blessings that have helped me celebrate that I am called to lead a small church on a Big Mission.
Small Church on a Big Mission: Cultivating Missional Discipleship in smaller churches is basically a journal of discovery. It chronicles my discovery of who I am as a beloved child of God and reflects the character and competences that God has been developing in me over the last fifteen-plus years through a variety of ministry experiences. Most importantly, this book communicates a host of reflections on the call of discipleship and mission that God has placed on my life. This journey of discovery has led me to celebrate the blessings of being small
while engaging in the Big Mission of revealing the Kingdom of God.
The Focus of the Book
If you are looking for a resource that will provide you with a “let’s grow the church fast” strategy or provide you with the next program to inspire your church forward, this is probably not the resource for you. If, however, you are looking for practical principles for moving and shaping your culture toward discipleship and mission that celebrate the bigness of God’s Kingdom, then this book is definitely for you.
The Structure of the Book
This book shares practical principles of discipleship and mission personally applied as a disciple and leader within a small church on a Big Mission. This book is divided into three sections reflecting my journey of Personal Transformation, the Practical Realities encountered along the journey that many have asked me to share, and the Purposeful Direction undertaken together with other leaders in our context as a small church on a Big Mission.
Each chapter begins with a story followed by helpful resources and tools that have been applied in each chapter’s topic area. Each chapter concludes with a few questions for personal reflection and discovery as you consider taking steps in your own context.
It is my hope and prayer that this resource will be a blessing to the abundance small church pastors and leaders both locally and abroad.
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