Best Books on the Small Church

  1. Help for the Small-Church Pastor by Steve R. Bierly (Zondervan, 1995). An overview of how the small church operates. Gives key insights into how family orientation affects the ministry.

  2. Activating Leadership in the Small Church by Steve Burt (Judson, 1988). Candidly deals with small-church characteristics and the effects on leadership. Focuses on volunteers and the process for selecting a pastor.

  3. Turnaround Strategies for the Small Church by Ron Crandall (Abingdon, 1995). Must reading for all small-church pastors, especially those dealing with churches in decline. Provides key insights on how the small church can become effective.

  4. Developing the Small Church Ministry by Glenn C. Daman (Available from the Institute of Small Church Health, 1997). Helps develop direction and goals. A guide to assess and develop relevant ministries.

  5. Developing Your Small Church's Potential by Carl S. Dudley and Douglas A. Walrath (Judson, 1988). Explains how small churches can be effective by adapting to sociological changes.

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