Books

Small Church Essentials Is Here!

Today is the day!

You can now buy your copy of my new book, Small Church Essentials, for yourself or for a church leader you know.

Small Church Essentials is the result of all the time I’ve spent writing for, speaking with, and – most importantly – listening to small church pastors and other leaders over the five years since writing The Grasshopper Myth.

To get an idea of what this new book is about, here’s a snippet from the intro:

“This is a book about small churches.

For small churches.

By a small church pastor of over 30 years.

This book is not about how to get your small church to become a big church. It’s also not about how small churches are better than big churches. (They’re not.) And it’s definitely not about settling for less.

It’s not about wanting churches to be small; it’s about wanting small churches to be great.”

The Grasshopper Myth Hits a Major Milestone!

Testimonies come in every day from church leaders who have read The Grasshopper Myth.

“A burden is lifted off my shoulders.” “I have a renewed vision for what my church can really be.” “Like a lot of cool water to a parched soul.” “God has given me new strength, joy and hope for my great small church!”

As I read words like these, it causes me to pray every day, “God, I don’t know what you’re doing with this, but whatever it is, please help me not to screw it up.”

Not exactly the poetry of The Serenity Prayer, but it’s just as sincere.

Here’s the latest sign of how many people are being touched by this little-book-that-could. While doing a quick inventory of books for our internal record-keeping, I realized that at some time in the past month or so…

We sold our 5,000th copy of The Grasshopper Myth!

Stuff We Like: Mile Wide, Inch Deep (a book by Dave Jacobs)

It’s been said there are some books that you read and some books that read you. “Mile Wide, Inch Deep”, by Dave Jacobs, is one of the books that reads you. If you let it.

It’s a short book that needs to be read slowly. It’s witty, funny, fresh and deceptively deep. Just like Dave.

In it, the author asks busy pastors, with his trademark combination of graciousness and bluntness (someone once called it the velvet-covered brick) “how are you and God really doing?” He tackles such issues as our idolatry to busyness, our lack of a devotional life, our tendency to use the bible exclusively as sermon material, etc.

Stuff We Like: Dirt Matters, by Jim Powell

Dirt Matters is a very good book. For many churches it could be a very important book. This is not a book of methods and gimmicks that have to be transposed for your size. It’s about fundamentals that apply to every church of any size.

The Grasshopper Myth Is Going International – And You Can Help

It’s obvious when the Lord is really doing something. Because when he does it, not only is it something we couldn’t do ourselves, but as the Apostle Paul wrote, “he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.” (Ephesians 3:20) That’s what’s happening right now with two incredible opportunities for …

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The Grasshopper Myth’s First Foreign Language Edition – It’s Not What You’d Expect

It’s time for some BIG personal news! I’ve been invited to speak at the national minister’s conference in the country of Croatia on September 28 of this year, for a very special event. The official launch of Je Mit Grasshopper! The Grasshopper Myth is being translated into the Croatian language. If you’re wondering how this happened, …

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The Grasshopper Myth’s First Foreign Language Edition – It’s Not What You’d Expect

It’s time for some BIG personal news! I’ve been invited to speak at the national minister’s conference in the country of Croatia on September 28 of this year, for a very special event. The official launch of Je Mit Grasshopper! The Grasshopper Myth is being translated into the Croatian language. If you’re wondering how this happened, …

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