I have been given the opportunity to do some reviews on some books from a few different publishers. Some of them do not quite fit into the focus I have for Living Infuzion, but obviously have some good information. Here are some of my perspectives on some pretty good books! Enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2012

There’s Hope for Your Church – By Gary L. McIntosh

With all of the ‘adjustments’ to the economy in both the US and Canada, and also with the subtle to aggressive attacks on the church a LOT of ministries are shifting and changing and even failing.  Gary McIntosh has a book of ways that those in ministry can perform a health check on their ministry, and if they find areas where there is a deficiency, they can evaluate them, and have some strategies as to how to move forward. 

McIntosh uses some case studies from churches he has worked with, and some of the situations are very tough ones…. Desperate.  He discusses the issues, and the things that came out as a result of investigating, and some of the things that were done to solve the issues.

He discusses some issues in leadership, and the styles of people, and even the weaknesses of some leaders.  Some of the case studies involve pastors being hired as a last resort before a church closes.  Does that new pastor commit to lead through the tough, or does he too leave?

McIntosh puts tremendous focus on letting God lead the church, and for those called to lead it, to seek God’s direction for it.   The church is supernatural, and has to be in that power to move forward.

He talks about the morale of people in a failing ministry.  He addresses some of the people issues.  He speaks about the resistance to change that can come, but he also helps with some of the practical ways of keeping going, as well as finding breakthrough.

It’s sad that a book like this has to be written, but the sad truth is that there are ministries that need help like this, and it is also good that this book was written for them.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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