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Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches Paperback – December 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Pr (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829814000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829814002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Pamela Tinnin on June 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I just finished the book, "Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches," by David Ray, an outstanding resource for small church pastors, as is his other book, "The Big Small Church Book." I will be rereading both regularly and referring to them often. I may have to reorder the "Big Small Church Book" as my copy is nearly worn out. If I had only two choices for resources for pastors of small churches, it would be these two.I hope the author considers focusing on Christian Education in another book. There is a section in the "Big Small Church Book" on Christian Education, but concentrating on one of the most important church functions individually makes a huge difference, as is proven by this new book. I tell all my colleagues that Rev. Ray's books are worth every dollar and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Terry W. Dorsett on December 8, 2010
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Many small churches feel like they can not have great worship because they lack the resources that larger churches take for granted.

Ray's list of "thou shalts" is worth the price of the book.

The description of various "personalities" in the small church is both humorous, and so true.

This book gives encouragement as well as practical advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Lajoy on July 23, 2009
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I just finished reading this amazing book and came away with an entirely different perspective on our smaller congregation. As a ministry leader it is easy to become depressed over what can not be accomplished, and how overworked everyone is in a small church...but we often fail to see all that IS being accomplished and how extraordinary our smaller congregations are.

There are many pluses outlined in this book about what works about being smaller, and in this day of mega churches the reminder is a good one. There are some very good tips about altering worship for smaller congregations and valuing it's unique size and working with it well.

For the thousands of us who find ourselves in churches with membership of 100 or less, for those who are discouraged when worship attendence is 30 or 40 during the summer, this book is such an uplifting perspective you can't help but be energized!

Unlike many tomes of this nature, this is an easy read and the layperson can gobble it up and immediately put it to use. David Ray's writing style is accessible and doesn't make assumptions about the knowledge of the reader, offering explanations where needed that were very helpful.

Pick it up even if you are not a pastor, you will gain something from it, I guarantee it!
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