Shannon O’Dell walks us through his journey in a rural part of Arkansas, in the book “transforming church in Rural America, breaking all the Rurals”. From the painstaking beginning steps, through the heartaches, and the growth, we watch not only the church change but also the leaders within the church. Shannon breaks all of the “rurals” of small town churches and shows a path to create and fulfill a vision.
This book was very interesting to read. Shannon’s way of explaining the changes undergoing at the church, and within his own life and family was very easy and fun to read. He explains not “rurals” that had to be changed at the church he signed on at, but also the principals that were added as he grew to allow for the church to grow.
I especially liked the “Value” acronym:
V – Vision
A – Attitude
L – Leadership
U – Understanding
E – Enduring Excellence
Every church that is interested in growing, would gain value from no just the acronym, but also reviewing the principals in this books. There are also lots of extras for the reader to refer to on-line, and also scripture as a base for each principal. I would recommend this book not only for church leadership, but also volunteers.
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