The title alone was enough for me to agree to do so.
I’m glad I did.
Transforming Church in Rural America is one of the best books I have ever read on transforming a church…period.
It doesn’t matter if you are in a small church in a town of mostly cows and hay, or in a large metropolitan area with 2 malls and 2 Targets. :)
This book should be on your reading list.
Here are a few of the lines I highlighted as I read this book…
“I personally believe that rural America is one fo the most over-churched, unreached people groups in the world. The number of church buildings says nothing about the state of Christianity in rural America.”
“You take the Bible to some churches in rural America and there is a tendency to assume ownership of it as they wrote a portion of it – yet so few read it, so few believe it, and so few follow it.”
“So many of us are guilty of confusing God’s call with an invitation. It’s not an invitation; it’s a command from heaven.”
“See, you will be either the anchor of your ship or the engine. Do not hold it in a standstill; perpetuate momentum with the cylinders of passion, purpose, and pursuit.”
And all of those are just in the first 80 pages…
I really believe that revival is on the verge of breaking out in rural America.
That God is up to something huge in rural communities.
Thanks to Shannon O’Dell and his team, it just became a little clearer.
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