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This fantastic book provides you with many conversations for transformation, starting with how to find a good church, the qualities of a good pastor, how to be a joy for him to pastor you, church discipline, spiritual abuse, cooperating with the leaders to mature your church, and how to leave well. This treatment is one of the most vital books you will read, drawing your church together for your benefit, community impact, and God’s fame.


What do you think about your local church? Do you love it? Great! Maybe you want to leave it? That is an option. Have you thought about changing it? Perhaps you have thought about that but are not sure how.

Let me suggest that before you do anything else, read this book. I cover a lot of bases and answer a ton of questions. I will challenge you about why you attend your church. I also spend some time assessing the leadership of your church. And some chapters will press you to engage more effectively. The goals of this book are straightforward. Here are my top three:

  1. I hope to spread the fame of God through this work.
  2. I hope to encourage and guide church leadership.
  3. I hope to envision and equip the body of Christ.

As far as a community is concerned, the local church is the dearest place on earth. It’s our preaching center and sanctification hospital. It’s the place where the followers of Christ gather to worship our Leader and build up each other. There is nothing like it in our fallen world. May the Lord use this book to help you make your local church a better community for His glory and your benefit.