This book speaks my love language! The old ministry paradigm--“find a need and fill it” --produces over-extended and un-focused churches, diluting local church impact. The new mantra for church health is “less is more.” The problem with many churches today isn’t a shortage of ministries, staff, buildings or finances—but an abundance of all these resources that are over-programmed, underutilized, or poorly managed. The More-with-Less Church shows you how to fully maximize your church’s resources to fulfill its mission and vision.
Don’t start another program, hire another staff member, lay another brick, or raise another dollar until you read this book!
Founder & Senior Strategist, MultiSite Solutions
Author, 125 Tips for Multisite Churches, Better Together and Church Locality
This volume is chocked-full of practical insights on how church leaders can free up more money for the real mission of the church--our impact BEYOND the church in helping people live better lives. The counter-intuitive suggestions are just spot on.
Missional Leadership Specialist, Leadership Network
Author, Get Off Your Donkey
As the new pastor of a church which was nearly 75 years old with a history of struggles, I was excited that the church was growing and good things were happening, but overwhelmed by the many voices about what next steps to take. Among our leaders there was no clear sense of what we needed to do when it came to our facility, finances, ministries, and staffing. Some wanted to build, but the church was still saddled with debt. Partnering with Living Stones was the most providential moment for our church, as they gave us tremendously helpful insight in all of these areas as well as how to help our church become even healthier. Our two planning processes with them helped us to more than double our attendance over the next 8 years without adding one square inch of space, to eliminate our debt to free resources for ministry and staffing, and helped set us on a pathway to increased effectiveness in our ministries. The More-with-Less Church now makes available to a much wider audience the principles that have been so life-giving for Riverside. I thank the Lord for the ministry of Living Stones and how God used them to help us in an amazingly comprehensive way.
Senior Pastor, Riverside Church
Big Lake, Minnesota
The conventional church growth wisdom calls for bigger, bigger, bigger. Bigger staff, bigger budgets, bigger buildings. The More-with-Less Church flips the dominant paradigm on its head and shows it’s actually possible to impact more people without breaking the budget or burning out your staff. The authors are not ivory tower theoreticians. They’ve served in trenches of ministry and walked alongside hundreds of other church leaders. Their ideas are field-tested and practical. As you read this valuable book, you’ll soon be seeing ways you can employ these principles to be more faithful and effective in your ministry.
Managing Editor, Leadership Journal
Author, Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying.