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Today's All-Star Missions Churches: Strategies to Help Your Church Get Into the Game Paperback – 2001
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Near the close of the century, Tom Telford was criss-crossing the country researching the best ways to do and support missions. He found that the top missions churches have active, healthy, innovative programs. With the help of missiologists and church missions pastors, he compiled Today's All-Star Missions Churches.
Telford's book uses case studies from churches representing a variety of denominations, sizes, and locations. From the detailed descriptions of the churches' missions history, vision, and programming, readers will glean practical ideas for starting or strengthening missions programs in local churches. Each chapter focuses on the unique qualities of a church that has succeeded, ranging from excellence in missionary care to involving children in missions.
The successful methods highlighted in this book can be implemented in churches of any size. Missions organization leaders, pastors, and laypeople who want to involve their churches in missions will appreciate this practical and informative book.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are good insights, but the book does cater to larger churches. Many of these churches have well over 1,000 members attending. But he tried to highlight why he picked the church and what they did that set them apart from the rest of the churches. The last two chapters list off a bunch of churches that would receive an honorable mention status. The appendix lists off a bunch of good missions books that are worth reading.
Overall, I liked the book for giving more insights to how different churches do missions, but I was also happy as to the brevity of the book. Even though many of the churches took unique approaches, after a while, it seemed like many of the churches were doing many of the same things to promote missions (such as sending pastoral staff overseas, doing a perspectives course, and going to missions conferences). I recommend the read to lay-leaders, pastors, missionaries, and any college students majoring in the ministry.
***On a side note: I bought it for the Kindle and the formatting was good, so you do not have to worry about it if you are considering the Kindle version.