- September 22, 2011
- By Staff, Baptist Standard
Any pastor and layman can profit by the short stories and articles written from the perspective of this author. Smith shares frustration he has felt from denominational employees and specialists who focus on the needs of the larger church. Attending conventions, messages and break-out sessions usually feature the large-church pastors and provide very little for the small-church leadership, he notes.
Smith suggests meetings with break-out sessions like "One Pastor's Journey with a Pipe Wrench," "The Latest Findings on Shepherding Small Finances" or "Thar be Dragons Here," a humorous look at the difficult people a small-church pastor must lead daily. The author also affirms pastors who personally minister to their entire communities and get involved closely with their congregations.
The author sets forth a "Small Church Manifesto" where he spells out 10 issues their pastors must hold up lest this block of churches be lost.
I urge every pastor from all size churches to read and consider the insights he puts forth. It is an easy read and will encourage your hearts.
Leo Smith, retired executive director
Texas Baptist Men, Alvin
The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management by John W. Wimberly Jr. (Alban Institute)
Management topics fall under three categories of personnel, facilities and finances. In each area, he quickly covers the most common areas of need by giving specific how-to advice. There also are lots of illustrations of what happens if you do—or don't—manage properly in those areas.
One of the great strengths of the book is that it clearly demonstrates church business is not a one-person operation, but it takes cooperation of teams that are equipped to do the work. As such, the book is valuable not only to clergy, but also to the church members functioning in the business teams of a church.
Karl Fickling, director
Pastorless Church Team, Baptist General Convention of Texas