About the BookWho knew a little church that sat in downtown Odessa, Texas for over a hundred years would end up being the model for what church should look like today? But that's exactly what happened when the congregation called two new pastors (Dawn and Joe Weaks) and followed their servant-oriented leadership not only into the community but out of that old brick building. Breakthrough: Trusting God for Big Change in Your Church shares the story both from the Weaks' and their congregants' perspectives, inspiring others to go and do likewise.
Book SynopsisThe last 30 years of American church life have played a familiar refrain: The church is old, out of touch, dying, and it's too late. Why bother? What if the church is not old enough, not out of touch enough, and not dying enough? When survival-rooted panic is supplanted with calm, spirited creativity, that may be exactly the moment your church was made for, that your community was hoping for-- and that God is waiting for. First Christian Church of Odessa, Texas made a radical choice and was reborn as Connection Christian Church, with a new view on ministry and new energy. Breakthrough: Trusting God for Big Change in Your Church tells the story of what happened when this church dared to place their desperate, dying selves into the hands of a God whose middle name is Surprise! -- and hints how readers might find that audacity in their own congregations.