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Overview Success in the Kingdom Is Not Relegated to Being the Biggest Church in the Neighborhood In a world of big, bigger, and biggest you may often feel discouraged as the pastor of a smaller church. In the Shadow of the Steeple offers you encouragement and hope and reminds you that the Church's ultimate purpose is to share Christ's love with the world. With practical advice and uplifting insight, seasoned pastor Gene Williams challenges you to recognize the unique opportunities and advantages God has given you to reach people who would never feel comfortable in a megachurch.
Publishers Description In a world of big, bigger, and biggest it can be difficult for pastors of small churches to keep from getting discouraged. In the Shadow of the Steeple offers pastors encouragement and hope, reminding them of their ultimate purpose - to share Christ's love with the world. Gene Williams gives practical advice and uplifting insight for smaller church pastors, reminding them of the unique opportunities and advantages they have to reach the people who would never feel comfortable in a mega-church.'It is out of an understanding heart and long experience that Gene Williams] writes In the Shadow of the Steeple. This is a book that is much needed. ...It will be greatly appreciated by all of those who, having spent their days encouraging others, need to sit down at the end of the day and derive a little encouragement for themselves. This book will do it.'-Dr. Stuart Briscoe, Minister and Author'Finally...a serious book that R-E-A-L-L-Y affirms the smaller church pastor while also affirming the validity of mega-churches as being real churches too. This book merits national praise and is required reading for both smaller churches and mega-church pastors. Every pastor knows other pastors who need this book now.-John Vaughan, Founder and PresidentChurch Growth Today
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.94" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2005
Publisher Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN 0834121808 ISBN13 9780834121805
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More About Gene Williams
GENE WILLIAMS served as pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 47 years and has authored 15 books. He and his wife, Joyce, are founders and directors of Shepherds' Fold Ministries, a ministry of encouragement and affirmation to pastors and their families. Gene and Joyce speak in many settings around the world, including special assignments with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. They live in Wichita, Kansas.
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Encouragement for Small Church Pastors Sep 11, 2006
Sometimes pastors feel that in a megachurch world, their small church ministry is insignificant and unimportant. But retired Nazarene pastor Gene Williams has good news: Small churches have great potential to reach people for Christ. Williams points out that even large churches cannot reach everyone, and some people will never join a megachurch because they don't like big crowds.
Williams certainly has the credentials to write this book. He has pastored churches for 47 years, some of them had less than 30 people, and one of them was a huge church with a TV ministry. And yet Williams says that some of his most rewarding ministry memories were when he was intimately involved in the lives of his small church members.
In chapter one, Williams discusses the potential of the small church to reach the 25% of Americans who don't belong to any church at all.
The next chapter is a discussion of the purpose of the small church, namely that the small church has the same purpose as the large one, to lift up Jesus, and to win as many people to Christ as possible.
Chapter three, Williams talks about the problems of the small church. He observes that all churches have problems with people, programs, finances, and mental barriers, but that God can do great things no matter how big or small the church is. He thpoints out that Jim Cymbala started at Brooklyn Tabernacle with no salary and few members and little money to pay the bills, but that God miraculously provided for Cymbala and the church. Williamsstresses that we can be faithful to God and trust Him even in the midst of ministry problems.
Williams then describes the pleasure of small church ministry, and what a joy it is to be involved in people's lives. He notes that in large church ministry, many families don't invite him to celebrations because "We know how busy you are,Pastor." But in the small church,he got invited to lots of things.
There is also a chapter about the prospects of the small church. Willliams notes that since 50% of the people in any area are NOT attending church, there is potential for the small church to bring people to Christ.
Williams also discusses the pride that small church pastors should have that Jesus has called them to care for some of the people He died for.
There is also a discussion about the power available to small churches. Williams mentions that even though Barry Sanders was a small running back, he had a lot of power. This is the way he sees small churches.
He also talks about the provision available for small churches. Williams describes a scene early in his ministry when he was pastoring a small church in Florida. There was one day when his family didn't have any food except a can of tomato soup. While his wife was preparing the soup, a lady came over with a big donation of food, and soon after, a ton of food was brought over for the family. Pastor Williams learned ALOT that day about God's provision.
There is also a final chapter about the peace that small churches can have that they are doing what God called them to do. When a football lineman makes a block, he is glad that he is making a difference for his team. In the same way, small churches can have peace that they are making a difference for God's team.
I enjoyed this book. It only takes a couple of hours to read, and it will encourage the heart of any church leader.