Left Behind in a Megachurch World: How God Works through Ordinary Churches

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Megachurches are springing up all over the country, but the truth is that very few churches have over one thousand members. In fact, the average church in America has around only one hundred. In Left Behind in a Megachurch World, Ruth A. Tucker weaves together an interest in church growth and spiritual formation to provide a narrative-based look at congregations whose numbers are "plateauing." Filling a noticeable gap in literature designed to encourage the smaller church, this insightful and well-researched book opposes the idea that numbers are the only way to measure success. Tucker's unique writing will relieve small churches from the pressure to grow and encourage pastors, laypeople, and small congregations to remain open to God's work in their church.

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Big things can come in small packages What does "bigger is better" mean for churches? Are great things for God only taking place in larger congregations? Or have steady, smaller churches been quietly transforming lives all along? After studying various smaller, "plateauing" churches from around the country, Ruth A. Tucker weaves together her interests in church growth and spiritual formation to show that smaller churches bear the greatest mantle for Christlikeness. Left Behind in a Megachurch World shatters the myth that only megachurches are leading the way for Jesus and shines a spotlight on ordinary churches doing extraordinary deeds. Whether you're a pastor, ministry leader, or member of a smaller congregation, Tucker's unique writing will encourage and inspire you as it shows you how you can make a big impact for the kingdom of God.

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Ruth A. Tucker is associate professor of missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has written seventeen books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya and Walking Away from Faith.

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