First published in 2005, this book continues to be relevant, godly advice from an experienced pastor and author. It has been out of print for some time, and is now reissued with a new preface and a completely revised layout and cover.
We live in a society that worships at the shrine of size, and churches too can fall victim to the thought. How many times have you been asked how many attend your church on the Lord's Day, and if you are a small fellowship felt a twinge of embarrassment? It is not easy to be upbeat about a church with just a few in the congregation.
John Benton has written a sensitive and practical book out of a heartfelt concern for the many small groups of God's people who meet regularly and faithfully, but who may sometimes feel weak or isolated. Highlighting the fact that it is the health of a church, not its size, that is important, he encourages small congregations (and large ones, too!) and shows how the few and seemingly powerless have been used by God throughout the history of the people of God. Little churches can be the seeds from which God may yet give a might harvest, for his glory.
John Benton was a pastor in Guildford, Surrey, UK for 36 years during which time the church grew and was able to plant another congregation. Since stepping down, John is currently the Director for Pastoral Support with the Pastors' Academy based at London Seminary and is involved in helping and mentoring men in ministry. He is the author of a number of books published by Evangelical Press and takes a special interest in small churches. He is married to Ann and has four grown up children.