Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SMALL is big

This "small" book describes the current unleashing of the big impact of intentionally small churches.  Tony & Felicity Dale and George Barna bring their first-hand experience of how Small Churches can make a huge impact worldwide.  Real ministry cannot be measured by numbers in God's Church as the Dales relate how the small, simple, easily reproducible churches are multiplying and spreading God's Kingdom.  Neighborhoods, communities, and individual lives are being transformed by this simple, small church modeled after the early New Testament church.

I believe anyone with a passion for missions would find this book of great interest.  At first I was skeptical about the book's claim that the simple church is the modern Reformation of the church.  I chose not to give up on the authors' claims and continued with an open mind to review the examples, personal stories, and their belief that the small, simple church is growing so rapidly.  I had the impression that the traditional church would become extinct soon.  However, later in the book, we are told of several large churches that are adopting simple churches as part of their ministry. 

The book gives numerous examples of simple churches, and how they began.  Unless you know about the early New Testament churches and their simple concept, it would be somewhat challenging to start your own simple church without the direction of the leadership training.  The book does offer contact information for anyone interested in learning more about simple churches.

I think the Simple Church described in this book has real merit, especially for many who find large churches too structured.  Simple Church, according to "SMALL is big", provides a much more intimate setting, with the belief that many small churches, meeting the needs of it's individuals, is more accurately following the scriptures.
Book disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.