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Transforming Church in Rural America (edition 2010)

by Shannon O'dell

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Title:Transforming Church in Rural America
Authors:Shannon O'dell
Info:New Leaf Publishing Group/New Leaf Press (2010), Paperback, 200 pages
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Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'dell



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A mixed bag: clichéd, repetitive, and conversational along with some odd use of Scripture and some glaring typos (Paul involved in choosing the 7 in Acts 6). But some good stuff, too: conversational, a great chapter on leadership, and the constant, important refrain of investing in people. Parts of it are worth noting and referring to again. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
A mixed bag: clichéd, repetitive, and conversational along with some odd use of Scripture and some glaring typos (Paul involved in choosing the 7 in Acts 6). But some good stuff, too: conversational, a great chapter on leadership, and the constant, important refrain of investing in people. Parts of it are worth noting and referring to again. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a very inspiring book where the author clearly shows that God's call is stronger than the desire for human comfort and recognition. When his career as a pastor was about to turn into a "successful" one in a major church as a senior pastor, God told him to accept an offer as a pastor in a church in rural Arkansas. The "Beginnings" are described in first three chapters of the book.
Through a very light style, the author describes all the problems he incurred while trying to transform the church and the lives of the people in the community. He goes through situations that sometimes are similar the ones we might encounter in big churches as well. His description of the "VALUE" (Vision, Attitude, Leadership, Understanding, Enduring Excellence), compose the core of the book and it is very well described and developed from chapters 4 to 8. In this book he provides suggestions on how to handle some situations and it is a valuable book to any pastor who wants to transform his church into a more dynamic one. The last two chapters are description of how they implemented their vision of the future.
This book was written by Shannon O'Dell in 2010 and published by Thomas Nelson and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program. ( )
  rmattos | Jan 23, 2016 |
O'Dell takes a great look at moving to a rural church from a large city. The book is a quick read, and I praise him for his focus on the rural church. Pastoring a rurual church is much harder than one in the city. The challenges are immense, and he does a good job addresing those challenges. Not many authors take time to focus on the rural church, and I can't think of one "celebrity" pastor from a small town church.

However, O'Dell's answer for the rural church seems to be to make it like the city church. He wants us to bring it up to date with vision and leadership and techonology until there is little difference between the two, except location. I don't appreciate this attitude in the book that rural churches are hopelessly outdated and must change in order to reach new people.

I belive the gospel is powerful enough to reach people whether the service is traditional, contemporary, urban, or rural. I do appreciate his focus on the rural church, but do not like his attitde towards rural communities. ( )
  laholmes | Nov 5, 2012 |
When I started the book I realized this man kind of reminds me of me. I had moved from a city to a rural area and I can relate to the changes he went through. His book is amazing and has so many insights that will make you laugh and at the same time go "wow! I never thought of that before." He goes into places of the Bible that I had not yet ventured or even saw it the way he had before. Not only does his book give you an insight on how he transformed himself and others but it makes you wake up and smell the fresh air. Not quite the fresh air, but more the pages of the book and your bible. I love how not only are you reading this book, but you revert to the internet too. He has you go watch video clips that are right in the time of the spot of the book you are in. It is an amazing experience as you feel you are walking along this journey with him. I changed as he changed and it was for the better. I highly recommend this book for every single person out there; whether you live in the city or the country, you need to read this book. ( )
  SisAmanda | Jan 7, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892216948, Paperback)

Small church buildings dotting the countryside are home to ministries that often struggle with limited attendance, no money, and little expectation that change can revitalize their future. In Transforming Church in Rural America, Pastor Shannon O'Dell shares a powerful vision of relevance, possibility, and excellence for these small churches, or for any ministry that is stuck in a rural state of mind. The book reveals: how to generate growth through transformed lives; ways to create active evangelism in your community; no-cost solutions for staffing challenges, enhancing the worship experience, and inspiring volunteers. Focusing on vision, attitude, leadership, and innovation, you can learn the practical strategies and biblical guidance that helped to grow a church of 31 into a multi-campus church of several thousand, with a national and global outreach. Discover effective structure and ways to cast God-given vision so others can follow and make an impact. Experience the blueprint for transforming into effective, dynamic, and thriving churches - no matter where the location or how small it may be. What Church Leaders are saying . . . I'm captivated by Shannon's story, challenged by his witness, and moved by his resolve. As I read, I found myself turning the pages quickly and anticipating what was coming next. Shannon sounds a clear call for leaders of the church in rural America - but the principles translate to any leader trying to move a congregation toward life change in communities of all sizes. This is a rare book . . . one that I'll be buying several copies of to hand out to encourage pastors every chance I get. Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church Shannon O'Dell's passions for the rural church in America is contagious. The vision to see the small church reach multitudes through partnerships with other churches is a move of God, and Transforming Church in Rural America, is right on the wave of God's plan. Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv The lies about churches in the boonies echo loudly throughout the landscape of our culture. And too often, leaders believe them thinking success is reserved for places with big populations and bigger budgets. But in Transforming Church in Rural America, Shannon O'Dell confronts some of the most powerful and prominent of these lies head on . . . No matter what size church you are a part of, this book will challenge your traditional thinking, force you to look beyond the status quo and enable you to grasp a bigger vision of what God has in store for you ministry and your leadership. Ed Young, Pastor, Fellowship Church

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