Monthly Archives: June 2013

Book Review: Viral Churches

Not going to lie, I was thinking I would enjoy this book a bit more than I did. Viral Churches was a good book with tons of useful information. That is pretty much my entire review. It’s not as if I didn’t enjoy it or that it was not a good book, it was just not what I had ¬†expected.¬†To me, the book reads as a collection of individual books. To be fair – this is pretty much stated in the introduction so it is clearly my issue. I guess maybe I just didn’t believe it.

The audience for this book is twofold in my mind. One, it aims to be a guidebook to those who are trying to figure out what this new hot topic of “church planting” is all about. This book does a good job or using a wide-angle lens to explain what planting a new church can look like, and what the differing opinions of how that plays out are. Two, it aims at the folks who are wanting to plant a church but are unsure of where to begin or what to believe. This is not so much as a manual as a written discussion about the end result of various options. For example, the book does a basic explanation of Acts 29 and what their goal of church planting is and how it is achieved. This is quite different from how Saddleback plants churches. If you were looking for a way to start and an organization to align with, it would be helpful to read this book.

So, certainly not for everyone but if you have interest in church planting it would be good to peruse. I would not suggest sitting down and reading it as much as reading the chapters that interest you. Once again, this is stated in the introduction. I guess I just have to learn the hard way!


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Book Review: Church Planting is for Wimps

Church Planting is for Wimps by Mike McKinley is a very enjoyable book. A quick and encouraging read. I would suggest it to anyone in any form of ministry but specifically for anyone looking to plant a church or replanting a church specifically. I would not say that there was anything about this book that would stand out, however, with the simple writing style and interesting stories, it needs to be on the must read list. It will take you 2 hours tops to have the entire thing complete.

Find a copy, read it, and pass it on.

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The Pull Of Efficiency

I am currently reading Kisses from Katie and it is a good book. A very easy read written in a style that is close to daily journal entries. While the chapters are pretty much chronological, they are at the same time topical so it is an interesting format. The basic story describes Katie’s desire to, at first, visit Uganda which quickly turned into quite a bit longer.

Typically the chapters are encouraging but every once in a while there is something that catches my soul. Here is one of those statements.

There are still days when I walk through Masese and feel completely powerless and totally overwhelmed. The illnesses are more than I can treat even if I sit in the makeshift clinic in the back of my van for fifteen hours a day. Sometimes the sadness seems almost unbearable, the problems unsolvable, the wounds unhealable. This has taught me one of the greatest lessons: the tension between inefficiency and faithfulness. The assurance that I must obey and be faithful only to what he has asked of me, even when tangible, earthly results or successes are not seen.

How often do we put off doing things until we think they will be successful? Do we put off meting with that person at church you have been drawn to until you are more prepared to disciple? Do you put off starting the non-profit that you have been thinking about for years? Do we put off the next step that doesn’t look as sure as we would like?

Just some thoughts – wondering how that tension is working itself out in my life.


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