Blessed Church by Robert Morris, seems to be geared towards members of the clergy, but is aptly applicable for anyone interested in becoming or may already be a leader in their church (such as a ministry or committee chairperson). Each chapter has scripture references and “Keys to a Blessed Church” which are highlighted points of interest that summarized the reading to that point.
Although I found this book to be very informative and an easy read with a logical flow. I was quite troubled with the author’s undertones or omissions toward the role of women in the church (the author’s church). This oversight of women in any prominent leadership roles within his church’s hierarchy was as if women didn’t exist, have a voice, any credibility or participated in a supportive or administrative position.
With that being said, I would recommend the book. There are some really good pearls and “best practices” that can help you make a difference, such as the difference between a shepherd and a hireling; what do we mean when we say we want our church to grow? Healthy plants grow. If the church isn’t healthy, how can it grow?
Blessed Church should not be viewed as the quintessential authority, but as it was written, as a tool, a reference, just one man’s opinion based on “his” belief and experience on this subject matter.
Poignant Pearl of Wisdom: “Your specific culture as a church is a product of what you as a leader, emphasize, teach, model, measure, fund, celebrate, reward and punish.” (p.166).
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Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates BLESSED CHURCH as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pages)…just the right mixture of content and pages.
Disclaimer: This book was received for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.