The Strategically Small Church

Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective

by Brandon J. O'Brien (Author)Jim Belcher (Foreword by)
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Blessed Are the Small

Our culture's infatuation with bigness--bigger cars, bigger houses, bigger businesses--has infiltrated the church. But smaller doesn't equal second-rate. Leadership Journal editor and former pastor Brandon O'Brien shows how small churches are uniquely equipped for success in today's culture.

O'Brien celebrates churches that are taking full advantage of their small size and analyzes how other churches can learn from their strategies. For example, strategically small churches:
facilitate a higher level of commitment from laypeople
focus attention on fewer programs, increasing effectiveness
nurture close relationships across age and life-experience barriers

But perhaps most important, O'Brien asks churches to rethink what it means to be successful. Sometimes small is just right.

"Kudos to Brandon O'Brien for reshaping the small-church brand. Using real-life examples of 'small' as an intentional ministry strategy, O'Brien gives hope to small churches everywhere. A must-read for church leaders!"

Chuck Warnock, Author of Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor

"Every page paints a picture of the strategic potential for kingdom ministry that flows from smaller churches."

Kara E. Powell, PhD, Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute
Fuller Theological Seminary


Brandon J. O'Brien, Author

Brandon J. O'Brien works at Leadership journal as assistant editor and writer for their popular blog, Out of Ur. Leadership is read by 70,000 pastors and church leaders. Brandon holds a BA from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in church history from Wheaton College. He served as pastor of two small congregations right out of college. Brandon lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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