Katie Savage Reviews Shrink

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My friend and writing compatriot Katie Savage has written a review of Shrink, at her blog “Sprucing Up the Narthex.” Katie’s a really good writer (check out Grace in the Maybe), and I’m grateful for her engagement with the ideas in Shrink. Katie will always make you laugh and make you think. Here’s an excerpt [Read More...]

ISIS, Syria, Israel, 9/11, Ray Rice, Pistorius, Ferguson: Stanley Hauerwas & the Freedom to Hope

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The website Newseum.org lets me peruse snaps-shots of today’s front pages from over a thousand newspapers around the world. I’ll often look at my hometown paper, The Salina Journal, or browse a few major U.S newspapers just to get a glimpse of what people are waking up to. Perhaps it is nostalgic, but it feels like [Read More...]

Shrink by Tim Suttle (book trailer)

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I believe in the church maybe more than I believe in any other thing in this world. The church is the surest sign I know of that God loves everything he’s created; that God is not done with the world. The church is the singular reality bearing faithful witness to the truth that God has [Read More...]

The Rare Leadership Virtue of Patience

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“The movement that Jesus begins is constituted by people who believe that they have all the time in the world, made possible by God’s patience, to challenge the world’s impatient violence by cross and resurrection.” — Stanley Hauerwas   I have a theory that at least half of what passes for leadership in the context of churches [Read More...]

Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture – Now Available Wherever Books are Sold

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Our society is fascinated with success. The American story is about bigger, better, higher, stronger, and faster. Don’t talk about limits, talk about results; talk about the latest models, strategies, and techniques that will lead us to greatness. This kind of leadership is pragmatic. It asks only one question: “What works?” That’s the American story. That’s [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that Shrink is set to release tomorrow. So I’m probably going to talk a lot about ideas from the book in the coming months. But before I get to that, I have a few acknowledgments to make. In today’s confessional, I feel compelled to say:     To the pastors of small churches everywhere: I’ve [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: The Internet Sidebar List

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I confess that I’m a sucker for the internet sidebar lists. I don’t want to be. I just am. You advertise anything on the side of an internet site and I will most likely ignore it. I think I might have intentionally clicked on one, maybe two sidebar advertisements in the course of the past year. [Read More...]

Shrink Cover Art

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The Manuscript for Shrink was officially accepted by Zondervan last week. The final painful edits involved cutting a full chapter, which hurt a bit at the time, but seems so obvious now that I can’t believe I was ever worried about it. This feels like a pretty big milestone for me, and for the project. Essentially, [Read More...]

Eugene Peterson on What It Means to be a Pastor

I’ve spent a significant portion of the past year working on a manuscript for Zondervan called Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture. It’s in editing right now and is supposed to come out in 2014. I’m so hopeful that this book can make a difference for pastors of small churches all over the [Read More...]

Shrink: A Quick Update on my Current Writing Project

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I just realized that I’ve never done a blog post on my current writing project, so I’m going to do that today. In November of 2011 I wrote an article for The Huffington Post called “How To Shrink Your Church,” that did really well. It got picked up several other places and the traffic was [Read More...]


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