The church is not a business. Yet the fact that pastors and seminarians are routinely barraged with books that promise growth based on business principles testifies to the triumph of the corporate mindset in America—and sadly, in many American churches. As those entrusted with the care of the church, we must diligently dig up the […]
Pastors, please don’t model your church after Starbucks, Disney, or Toyota. Teach your flock what God has to say to the church.
Alexander Strauch breathes fresh air into the church leadership discussion with his book Biblical Eldership.
If one had to identify a simple thesis of the book, it would probably be the statement that “God has no preference regarding style, but highly regards motives and outcomes.”
Christians wanting a true evaluation of current approaches to leadership will unfortunately have to wait. This book isn’t it.
This book is devoted to working out the nuances of the relationship between congregation and elders.
Pastors can pick up and read this book for encouragement and insight, staying mindful to hold everything up to the test of Scripture and the context of their local church.
John Armstrong has compiled a book called Reforming Pastoral Ministry that is a well-placed and much-needed dart in the balloon of the church growth movement.
Merkle reminds us that the Bible has a great deal to say about how we do church.
This book is a very good resource for pastors seeking a spiritually-focused book on leadership.
I’m not sure if Malphurs’s solution, his strategic planning program, is the cure-all for the church’s various maladies that he conceives it to be.
This kind of thinking thinking subtly leads us into the futility of dependence on synthetic technique and the idolatry of dependence on self, culture, and business theory.
Schwarz’s low view of Scripture is also seen in his desire to place natural observations and research along side of or verifying Scripture.
Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.
I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.