Monday, October 11, 2010

Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell

In this book, Shannon O'Dell talks about how we need to “break all the rurals”- basically break all of the rules of rural ministry... because really, what pastors dream of dusty pews and debating deacons? It seems these days that most pastors dream of mega-churches, and easily financed budgets. O'Dell shares his five goals for ministry, which transcend not only into rural ministry, but any ministry situation- Vision, Attitude, Leadership, Understanding, and Enduring Excellence... also known as VALUE.

This book was incredible. O'Dell has a very conversational way of writing which made me feel as if I was watching a movie, or having a personal conversation with him... not reading a book. Throughout this book were Bible references which built a solid foundation for the subject matter. I recommend this book to anyone, whether a pastor or a church-goer, in an urban or rural setting. Everything was written in a way that was easily understood, and it was as much of a “page turner” as any non-fiction book would be. This book also has valuable resources, and links to plug into online- to connect and learn these principles in an in-depth manner.

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