Transforming Church in Rural America: breaking all the RURALS by Shannon O’Dell not only shares the struggles and challenges that many pastors/leaders face in rural churches, but also gives practical and biblical strategies for transformation/change. Shannon shares his personal story about being called by God to bring transformation to a small town in the sticks of Arizona.
Growing up in a small town where everyone knew everyone’s business and attending a tiny church much like the one in the book, I can relate to the need for transformation and change in rural churches. Most rural churches are run by a few families who have been in the church for ever. They say they want change, but it’s the idea/concept of change they like, not the actual change. I think O’Dell’s personal account shows us how we can advocate for change in an effective, efficient and God-produced way. Shannon shares some great links to websites for those who want more information about different topics he discusses in the book. It’s a great book for any church/pastor that wants to experience transformation in their community.
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