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Posted By Ryan Johnston on Jul 19, 0 comments. Ministry is difficult. Even more daunting is ministry in the 21 st century as people increasingly come from different backgrounds, life-stages, and socioeconomic and educational classes.
These differences result in a myriad of attitudes, personalities, and family connections. Despite these challenges, many pastors have taken up the mantle to faithfully call people to godliness. However, ministry does not always mean being a senior pastor at an established, well-organized, and structured church. Sometimes it means planting a church where there is no church.
Sometimes it means revitalizing and reforming an already self-sufficient, almost dead, local congregation to display and reflect the glory of almighty God. Mike McKinley is a church planter and revitalizer. It was there that he revitalized an established, nearly dead church from virtually nothing. McKinley is no great theologian, nor does he even boast of being a great church planter or revitalizer. In stark contrast to this background, throughout the book McKinley describes what it looks like to strengthen and grow a church using biblical methods and under the leadership of God.
He is uniquely able to make the book whimsical and light-hearted while speaking to the importance of reformation within churches today. Upon reading the title of this book one may assume that it is just about church planting.
McKinley renders this rather amusing title, however, because he believes that revitalizing a church may be more difficult than planting one. He even devotes much of a chapter to the advantages and disadvantages of the planting and revitalizing of churches. Throughout this book, McKinley does something different than other church planting books or even church growth or revitalizing books I have seen.
In so doing, he paints scenarios for the reader to better understand the passion with which McKinley reformed and revitalized this dying church. I realize that this may sound too basic or even too simple for many ministers. Even McKinley discusses how he was more critical of himself than were many other ministers after regarding this approach. However, McKinley backs up his argument with examples, stories, and most importantly Scripture. The journey McKinley takes the reader on through the planting, revitalizing, reforming, and growing of Guilford Baptist Church is a pleasure to read.
He also includes two appendices that are helpful in understanding his personal journey better. Throughout this book McKinley proficiently describes the critical nature of a church being founded on Scripture and a pastor preaching the Word of God clearly, correctly, and concisely.
He also addresses the essentials of prayer, the importance of disciple making, and the effectiveness of clear statements of faith, membership roles, and church covenants. It is because of those things and the important stance that McKinley takes on them that Guilford Baptist Church has become revitalized, reformed, renewed, and revived.
It is written in an easy-to-read format. It reads in a conversational rather than a wordy style. It is even humorous in some places. The arguments and general theme of the book are organized, well supported, and persuasive to the reader—especially those who desire to start something from an almost if not already dead church.
While the book is intended for ministers, particularly church planters or church revitalizers, I believe the average church member would benefit greatly from reading this work.
The book ended almost too soon. Although a quick read , Church Planting is for Wimps leaves the reader desiring more from McKinley concerning revitalization. The humorous yet serious overtones discussed throughout the book encourage the reader in spiritual growth and consideration, while challenging the reader to learn from his victories and mistakes.
There are countless great and brilliant qualities about this book, especially if you have a heart and passion much like his, to revitalize, reform, or plant a God honoring work for Him and His glory. May God use this book to challenge more ministers to awaken and revitalize our churches.
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Church Planting Is For Wimps (Mike McKinley)
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By Mike McKinley. Weaving together scripture and biblical principles with humor and personal anecdotes, author Michael McKinley asserts that a pastor's faithful exposition of God's Word, passion for sharing the gospel, and care in the training of other godly leaders are more important than the size of his church. McKinley honestly shares his own fears and rookie mistakes, along with encouraging stories of how God moved at Guilford Baptist. We are reminded that God uses weak and fearful pastors in plants and revitalizations; church planting is indeed for "wimps. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, except as provided for by USA copyright law. Used by permission.