"I have been moved, enlightened and enthused by this book. It communicates effectively and motivationally to pastors and people from smaller congregations. I also think it has much to say for those who are serving larger churches. The book is very practical. Local assemblies that want to become "Great Commission Churches" can use it as a manual. I am praying that our Lord will use it to motivate and mobilize scores - even hundreds and thousands - for the glory of God and the advancement of the Kingdom." -- Dr. Paul Cedar Former President, Evangelical Free Church of America President, Mission America
"This book did something I never expected - it made me cry. Tears of joy and gratitude flowed more than once as I read the story of how God chose ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in a faraway culture and a very different place than suburban Atlanta. Gone forever is my superior attitude that insists on professionals for the job of world evangelization. Yes, training matters, but heart and grit took this church further than many would ever venture - even with the best of credentials. This is a story that every pastor should read, then lead his church into similar action." -- Woody Phillips President, United World Mission Board Chairman, ACMC
From the Publisher
As a national leader from former Yugoslavia, I have witnessed the efforts of dozens of organizations and churches that desired to bring relief and hope to millions of desperate people caught in the crossfire of the war in Croatia and Bosnia. It has been a blessing to see God's people around the world respond with compassion to the desperate situation in the Balkans. They all deserve special commendation for ministry done in the name of Jesus during this difficult time in our history. Few are more deserving however, than my good friend John Rowell and his congregation at Northside Community Church.
This book is the incredible testimony of God's hand directing this small congregation to become involved in the midst of our mayhem. Beginning in 1992, Northside Community Church allowed itself the freedom to dare "dreaming in the Spirit" as it reached far beyond the limits of its size to sustain a vital contribution to our denomination's attempt to serve Bosnian refugees. I commend this congregation for its incarnational approach to ministry, sharing the love of Christ and the gospel message while living among Bosnian refugees during the war. We have come to deeply appreciate this church's faithful service as a valuable long-term partner in ministry.
In a message offered in Northside's mission conference in March 1998 I noted that this church has done more to reach Bosnians with the gospel of Jesus Christ than the rest of America's churches all together. My comments were not an exaggeration! From my perspective the kingdom could be advanced more effectively in many parts of the world if more churches of every size would seize upon this example of partnership and follow it. Northside's story will be invaluable for anyone wishing to better understand the pathways that can lead to effective cross-cultural cooperation in modern missions.
I recommend Magnify Your Vision for the Small Church as a must read for anyone involved in missions or in training others for mission service. I am praying that this book will inspire others to take more innovative approaches to ministry on the remaining mission fields of the world. We need the fresh wind of the Spirit to blow as we enter a new millennium of ministry opportunity. May we all follow the example of this relatively small church and commit ourselves to emulate their passion and their capacity for dreaming in the Spirit! (Dr. Peter Kuzmic, President of the Evangelical Church of Croatia, Founder and Director of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia)
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