Keeping the Church Relevant
Keeping the Church Relevant

Keeping the Church Relevant

5.00 out of 5

$12.95

Every church lives with the constant tension between revival and redundancy. To accept redundancy is to embrace stagnation and death. There is a price to be paid to remain culturally relevant without compromising the Gospel

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Every church lives with the constant tension between revival and redundancy. To accept redundancy is to embrace stagnation and death. There is a price to be paid to remain culturally relevant without compromising the Gospel. Larry and Steve Pyle (Father and son) describe the joys and the pain of multiple transitional phases required to resist redundancy and keep the church focused outward. Laced with enough humor to help the medicine go down, this book will challenge and encourage every church leader and member to pay the price of progress to reach the maturity and the harvest God has in store for His Church.

2 reviews for Keeping the Church Relevant

  1. 5 out of 5

    Let’s face it, other books have taken on this topic – the need and pathway for renewing churches in our day, etc. I’ve skimmed through a few of those only to realize they were pointing out the obvious. When I first picked up Pyle’s book I wondered if this was another
    one in that same genre, but I was wrong. From page one this struck me something different. I rarely use the word “Unique” but I will pull it off the shelf here. There are few things in life that are “nearly one of a kind,” but this one deserves that word.

    On a variety of fronts it is a worthwhile buy and read.

    For the most part the the attempts that have been make have come from either those who are are mere observers (Non-pastors…”Those who can do, those who can’t teach”) or pastors who are no longer pastoring.

    Larry Pyle is different.

    • He is in the thick of it right now. He is pastoring right now.
    • He is not of the “Baby-buster” generation – like most of the authors of these books I’ve seen. He’s no spring chicken as the saying goes which is a powerful asset here. (He’s just a bit older than me actually. He’s fits the Mark Twain line – “I’m older than I look.”)
    • He has planted churches from various parts of the US. No one can say, “Well that works there, but you don’t know Kokomo. It’s very different than anywhere else.” Chalk that one up as bologna.
    • The churches he has planted and led have gone on to grow to various sizes. “Success” isn’t based merely on numbers. (See above regarding Kokomo).
    • These churches have started with few resources. As a church planter myself I relate to his story. If you look into the story behind the story, nearly all well-known “Successful” churches we know of around the US were started with unusual jump starts of some sort. He has not had that luxury).

    All of that to say, this guy knows what he is talking about. If he were to write a book on a variety of topics I’d line up to buy one!

    The book you hold in your hand did two primary things in my heart and mind:
    First, it grabbed my heart. I felt a kingship with the author. He sees what I see and what others see. I’m not alone in all of this.
    Second, I felt encouraged. It hit me that no matter what is going on, or will go on from here on out, things will change as we see the need. God is in charge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    If you are frustrated with the same-ole same-ole church meetings on Sunday morning, this book will bring a spark of hope, recognition and encouragement. Larry Pyle addresses many tough issues within the church structure that face pastors, elders and layman alike regardless of their denomination. Like; Why is attendence faltering? Where is the Joy on the faces? He shares concrete ways to bring The Life, The Way and The Truth as well as the Joy back into traditional church meetings. Be surprised and enlightened with this great read.

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