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Help for the Small-Church Pastor: Unlocking the Potential of Your Congregation [Paperback]

By Steve R. Bierly (Author)
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Churches with fewer than 150 people will always be a bastion of Christianity despite today's megachurch emphasis. Pastors dealing with the strengths, problems and opportunities of smaller churches will value Bierly's timely guidance and encouragement. Knowing what makes small churches tick helps their leaders invest time and energy wisely into the kind of growth that matters.

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Churches of less than 150 remain the rule rather than the exception in American Christianity. However, seminaries don't equip their students in every way that's necessary to effectively lead smaller congregations -- despite the fact that most seminary graduates will becomes small-church pastors. Help for the Small-Church Pastor offers pastors of small churches the guidance and encouragement they need. In this common-sense book, Steve Bierly draws from his eleven years in ministry to show what makes smaller congregations tick. Help for the Small-Church Pastor provides practical insights on uniquely 'small-church' issues, such as-- The characteristics of small churches - How to work effectively as an 'insider' within the small church - How God is at work in powerful ways in smaller assemblies - How to motivate your church toward positive change and true growth - How to invest your own time and energy in the right directions - How your church can reach out to the community in ways that are practical and productive -- 'There are many ways for even the smallest congregation to be true to the church's calling, ' says Steve Bierly. Help for the Small-Church Pastor will steer you through the strengths and weaknesses of your small church to unearth its true riches

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.05" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.355 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1995
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310499518  
ISBN13  9780310499510  
UPC  025986499518  

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More About Steve R. Bierly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve R. Bierly is the pastor of American Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Deborah, and two children. He is the author of Help for the Small-Church Pastor and How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor.

Steve R. Bierly currently resides in the state of New York. Steve R. Bierly was born in 1955.

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Encouragement and guidance from one who has "been there".  Apr 19, 1998
Within _Help for the Small-Church Pastor_ you will find that Steve Bierly seems to have firsthand knowledge of one's church and the true feelings one has about his or her congregation. As a pastor of a small church in the Northeast, Bierly speaks as one who has "been there." He does not offer various recipes for numerical growth. That is not the purpose. It seems his primary task is to encourage the correct perspectives and attitudes for the leader in the small church. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "To be blunt, the sins of impatience, jealousy, discontent, and walking by sight instead of by faith are behind some of the frustrations that small-church leaders experience. We want what other congregations have and we want it *now*!"

He encourages such ministers to rejoice with even small progress, just as a parent does with a child. Pushing one's own agenda upon the small church, no matter how pure the motives, can result in a backlash of mistrust and resentment. The minister was not called to the church to apply "prepackaged, ready-made answers. Instead," according to Bierly, " the pastor is supposed to work with the family to find solutions that seem reasonable to everyone." The small church has a culture all it's own, and the smart church leader will be dedicated to learning that culture and becoming "one of them," as opposed to an outsider whose only desire is to change things, running over long-held traditions in the process.

Reviewed by Donald W. White, minister of the Lakeview Church of Christ


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