Transforming Church in Rural America is an awesome book written by Shannon O’Dell, a former youth pastor in Texas who took a huge step of faith to answer God’s call. This is a book that challenges pastors and lay leaders to break all of what Shannon calls the rurals. In this book you will learn how to generate growth through transformed lives, engage your community through active evangelism, enhance your worship experience, inspire volunteers, and transform your church. This book is also accompanied by creative online videos that reveal significant factors in the development of Shannon’s church Brand New Church.
Discover the possibilities and value that lies within your church, and reach for a new horizon by reading Shannon’s book. You will gain a clear and concise understanding to what V.A.L.U.E. truly is.
The last part of the book description reads: “Experience the blueprint for transforming into effective, dynamic, and thriving churches – no matter where the location or how small it may be” reading this book was exactly that, a life changing experience. I don’t think I will ever look at ministry the same again.
Just reading this book made me want to go find the most countryfied hickville rural church I could find, and see if they would let me Pastor, but the Holy Spirit reminded me that He has me right where he wants me, and I am to implement some of these things right where I am serving NOW! Now, is correct. And if God is leading you to get this book, get it NOW!, go sacred cow tipping, and start experiencing transformed lives.
Message to Shannon: Dude, if you ever read this blog post I want you to know that God has done a wonderful work through you, this book, and Lead Hill/Bergman. My wife’s family was some of the last members of Elixer Baptist Church, and I know how set in their ways Southside and Elixer was. Only a miracle by the Grace of God could do what you and your team have done. You are a true inspiration. May God bless you for your endeavors, and may His kingdom be richly multiplied because of it. I look forward to meeting you at the Transforming Church in Rural America Conference May 25th.
As part of my review I’m going to be giving away a FREE copy of Transforming Church In Rural America. One out of every ten comments will win a copy. Read carefully; here is how you get your FREE copy. Take these three steps:
1. Leave a comment below. State that you would like a copy of this book in your own words of course and share why you would like one.
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If you win a copy of this book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and what steps you learned that you are planning on implementing.