One Size Doesn't Fit All: Bringing Out the Best in Any Size Church

One Size Doesn t Fit All Bringing Out the Best in Any Size Church A systematic exploration of small medium and large churches their distinct personalities and their place in God s kingdom

  • Title: One Size Doesn't Fit All: Bringing Out the Best in Any Size Church
  • Author: Gary L. McIntosh
  • ISBN: 9780800756994
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • A systematic exploration of small, medium, and large churches, their distinct personalities, and their place in God s kingdom.

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    1. Every pastor should read this, no matter the size of their church – but especially if they want to grow! It has great insight into what a church is and does at every level of growth, and how to move to the next level. It will give leaders insight into church structure, orientation, and how churches grow. A must-read for pastors!

    2. I usually shun these how-to books, but an elder in church asked me to read the parts in it she underlined. McIntosh offers good insights, affirmations and challenges for all church sizes, and challenges us to keep our eyes on God. Easy, quick read and I didn't end feeling despondent.

    3. No one size fits allThis was a great book and an enjoyable read. Once I started it I just did not want to stop until I had finished the book. Great wisdom being shared and enjoyed how each thing showed from the angle of small, medium, and large church. Now if only I could find a mentor/coach like this guy had, then I would have it made. Good read for all.

    4. Very helpful at identifying where we currently stand as a church -- and therefore the kinds of steps and challenges and priorities that lie ahead of us.

    5. Very simple idea behind a very helpful book. A young pastor, struggling with ministering to his small church, gains valuable lessons through dialogue with an experienced mentor. The mentor explains the difference between small, medium, and large churches - addressing topics such as leadership, obstacles, growth strategies, and structure. A great book for gaining self-awareness as a leader, and as a church.

    6. Gary McIntosh's "One Size Doesn't Fit All" (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 1999) is an excellent book for considering the way church size drastically affects the way a church operates. He defines a small church as anything under 200; a medium as 200 to 400; and a large church as 400 or more. He says that the crucial time, between 200 and 400 attendees (not members) is when the church will either move forward and take some risks, plateau, or go into downward momentum. The key at this time is to "pull" [...]

    7. 1. I was very confused at first because I didn't realize this was a fake story but real facts. I was like, "Wait. McIntosh's Typology of Church Sizes? He's the one who wrote the book" 2. I'm giving it a four because when I finally realized the conversations with Bob weren't real, I thought the author could have left out a bunch of corny things that were made up anyway. Such as being at the restaurant so long that they left the waitress an extra tip. Who cares. 3. That being said, since it was to [...]

    8. A very easy read, and very helpful, and very informative. I got rather annoyed at his format for presenting the information. McIntosh frames his research in a fictional story about a new pastor at a small church, who is being mentored by an older pastor at a large church. Both pastors constantly praise McIntosh for his great research and practical advice, which I felt was rather thinly-veiled self-praise. Also, McIntosh writes in axioms, which I find annoying, and uses endnotes, a practice that [...]

    9. This was a relatively fast read and kept me interested right up until the final couple chapters where it seemed to drag a bit. The book is essentially set up like a fiction story about two pastors: one mentoring another. The one being mentored just became the pastor of a small church and has no idea how to minister in such an environment.So the book revolves around the differences between small, medium, and large churches. It actually is chalk-full of good insights, but it became redundant after [...]

    10. This is a great book for any church leader of a church in any kind of transition or frustrating situation. It provides great advice for plateaus and delines. I read through the book fairly quickly, underlined many things, and had a lot of "aha" moments. This book got me fired up to help make needed changes in my own church to promote growth and assimilation.I agree with many of the reviews that the structure of the book as a narrative with a backstory of an older pastor mentoring a younger pasto [...]

    11. I was surprised at how informative this book actually was. McIntosh embeds helpful hints about the tendencies of various-sized churches into a fictional story which allows the reader to put himself in the shoes of the character who is seeking the information out. I found that many of the things written about the size of church I lead were accurate, though there were certainly crossovers to the other sizes as well. I would recommend reading this book to pastors who are hoping to better understand [...]

    12. I read this because my pastor gave it to all the members of our church's long range planning committee. There is certainly some useful information in here, but its presentation is tedious. The information and statistics are couched in the story of a young pastor's discipleship relationship with an older pastor. The wise pastor passed information on to his disciple and, in re-telling the story, the disciple is able to pass it on to us.The only thing more frustrating than having to pick through th [...]

    13. I re-read this book recently. It is an evaluation of different size churches, how they approach each other, and what may cause church growth and health to be stifled. It is presented in a narrative style (one pastor meeting with another pastor) which makes it easy to read. I don't think it is intended to be a theological work on ecclesiology at all. Rather, it is a practical look at observations within small, medium, and large churches.

    14. This is quite a good book on understanding how different size churches operate differently. It provides good diagnostic tools to characterize individual churches. McIntosh points the way to be intentional and strategic about how to grow churches. With 80% of churches in the US under 200 attendees on a Sunday, this is a helpful resource to many.

    15. Easy Read. The book started out good but lost appeal close to the 10th chapter. I enjoyed some of his other book a little more than this one. The is a book of concepts behind the scenes of the 3 different size churches. Small, medium and large. His concepts make good sense but he dragged the book out a bit. Overall it was an ok read.

    16. I didn't like the story construct. I would rather McIntosh had written a non-fiction book.However, there is a lot of good detail in here. You just have to work to extract it. If you can do that, and consider carefully what he has to say, you'll come away with many fresh insights.

    17. Great book about the differing dynamics present in the varying sizes of churches. Written from a first person impersonation standpoint, thus making the book a more entertaining read. A must for any pastor of any size church.

    18. For any person active serving in a church in any capacity this needs to become a regular reference book. I've read it at least three times and have run out of room in the margins because I keep scribbling notes. Read it. It's good.

    19. This was recommended to me as a new pastor of a "smaller" sized church. Definitely hit the nail on the head in many ways and allowed me some very specific course-corrections as I develop my ministry philosophy. I'll definitely be giving this a regular re-read as the congregation grows.

    20. Highly recommend to any pastor who was taught they had to be all things to all people. Not all churches are the same.Also, I got to have lunch in Seattle with Macintosh a few years ago - what a great guy!

    21. There were some helpful reminders of what is needed to sustain and grow a large church community, but it could have been expressed in magazine article length.

    22. Great book! Teaches not to cram everything that you have ever heard into your church. Making it the largest small church in your area.

    23. Good book for a pastor to help to recognize the differences between churches and how to minister to that community.

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