Thursday, October 28, 2010
Book Review: The Strategically Small Church
The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, Effective
By Brandon O'Brien
Bethany House, 2010
English, 210 pgs
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.
We work at a small church, so I was really interested in seeing what this book was going to say. I appreciate that the book isn't focused on "getting bigger" but more about how to use what you have. The only negative I have about the book is that it was a little like a text book in that it was a little difficult to read for a long time. It's a great resource though.
I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.