All across the country, you’ll find rural churches that are either stagnant or declining. Though many factors can contribute to this, it doesn’t have to be the case. There are many churches that have been able to recover and begin to thrive. Danny Davis shares the stories of a few churches that have done just that.
I go to a small rural church, and I have seen ups and downs in both attendance and budget. That is what made this a book that I wanted to read. Each case is outlined as far as the problem and what led up to it, then how the pastors and lay leaders worked to get through the problem is described. Danny Davis states that just because something worked for one church doesn’t mean it will work everywhere, but there is a basic framework laid out for changes. The last part of the book summarizes this framework based on what the churches did.
Even if you are not a pastor, this book can give you help in keeping your rural church growing. Rural churches are still necessary, and this book is an encouragement to help them thrive, not just survive, when problems arise.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.