Transforming Church in Rural America expecting the book to be another one of those writings about how to grow a church but I certainly was surprised! Watch the book trailer here.
My husband and I have been in ministry for 30 years and have pastored the rural church. I could easily relate to so many things Shannon writes about in his book but Transforming Church in Rural America isn't just about how to grow a rural church.
God called Shannon and his young family from a successful 4000 member church in Oklahoma City to a church of 31 in South Lead Hill, Arkansas. Shannon O'Dell's book is amazing, full of inspiring ideas and a wealth of wisdom from a young pastor who wasn't afraid to make a difference in a rural community. This book will absolutely challenge you no matter where you live or where you are at in your journey with Christ.
A sampling of chapter 4, Vision.........
Too many rural pastors I know have little vision, if any. Very few have a call, if any. They don't have a vision for what they want their staff to look like, so their staffs do not operate correctly. They don't have a vision for what the building needs to look like, so it falls into archaic disrepair. They don't have a vision for their marriage, so love and passion slowly fade. They don't have a vision for their personal worship, so they fall into complacency. I am learning some are content with a "small" everything - except a small paycheck.
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I have encouraged my husband and our son Brandon, who is an evangelist, to read this book. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Don't take my word for it. Get your own copy today and allow Shannon O'Dell's inspiring story to challenge and encourage your life and ministry.