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Feels like home : how rediscovering the church as family changes everything / Lee Eclov ; foreword by Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition.

By: Eclov, Lee.
Contributor(s): Hansen, Collin, 1981- [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago : Moody Publishers, [2019]Copyright date: ©2019Description: 187 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780802418869 (paperback).Subject(s): Church | Families -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityDDC classification: 253
Contents:
Our family album -- You can't feel at home in an organization -- Ruth: the love that will not let us go -- Brothers and sisters -- Love's coat of many colors -- Philemon: fresh starts refresh hearts -- Interior design: the spiritual art of decorating a church home -- God's family at rest -- Company's coming -- Personal attention -- What care looks like -- The whole church preaches -- Parenting the church family -- Close to home.
Summary: Is your church acting like an organisation or a home? You love your church, but you wonder if it could be more. There's a greeting team, but is there a true spirit of welcoming? There are committees, leaders, and programs, but is there a Spirit-led vision? There are small groups, but are people truly connected? Pastor and award-winning author Lee Eclov was troubled by these questions. Then, he had a realisation: he wasn't called to lead an organisation, but a family. His job was to be a "homemaker," not a CEO. This paradigm shift changed everything. In Feels Like Home, he shares what he's learned from over 40 years of ministry about being the family of God and how to live into that beautiful reality. This short volume is full of stories of small adjustments that make a huge difference in the effectiveness, warmth, and growth of a church community. Discover how the love of a family can transform your church.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"What a refreshing book! Imagine a church whose primary emphasis is to make people "feel at home." I wish every young pastor could read this book. Thanks, Lee, for a wonderful reminder of what the church is to be."

- Erwin W. Lutzer , Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

Is your church acting like an organization or a home?



You love your church, but you wonder if it could be more. There's a greeting team, but is there a true spirit of welcoming? There are committees, leaders, and programs, but is there a Spirit-led vision? There are small groups, but are people truly connected?

Pastor and award-winning author Lee Eclov was troubled by these questions. Then, he had a realization: he wasn't called to lead an organization, but a family. His job was to be a "homemaker," not a CEO. This paradigm shift changed everything. In Feels Like Home, he shares what he's learned from over 40 years of ministry about being the family of God and how to live into that beautiful reality.

This short volume is full of stories of small adjustments that make a huge difference in the effectiveness, warmth, and growth of a church community. Discover how the love of a family can transform your church.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-186).

Our family album -- You can't feel at home in an organization -- Ruth: the love that will not let us go -- Brothers and sisters -- Love's coat of many colors -- Philemon: fresh starts refresh hearts -- Interior design: the spiritual art of decorating a church home -- God's family at rest -- Company's coming -- Personal attention -- What care looks like -- The whole church preaches -- Parenting the church family -- Close to home.

Is your church acting like an organisation or a home? You love your church, but you wonder if it could be more. There's a greeting team, but is there a true spirit of welcoming? There are committees, leaders, and programs, but is there a Spirit-led vision? There are small groups, but are people truly connected? Pastor and award-winning author Lee Eclov was troubled by these questions. Then, he had a realisation: he wasn't called to lead an organisation, but a family. His job was to be a "homemaker," not a CEO. This paradigm shift changed everything. In Feels Like Home, he shares what he's learned from over 40 years of ministry about being the family of God and how to live into that beautiful reality. This short volume is full of stories of small adjustments that make a huge difference in the effectiveness, warmth, and growth of a church community. Discover how the love of a family can transform your church.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 9)
  • Introduction (p. 13)
  • Part 1 Our Family Album
  • 1 You Can't Feel at Home in an Organization (p. 19)
  • 2 Ruth: The Love That Will Not Let Us Go (p. 31)
  • 3 Brothers and Sisters (p. 43)
  • 4 Love's Coat of Many Colors (p. 53)
  • 5 Philemon: Fresh Starts Refresh Hearts (p. 67)
  • Part 2 Interior Design: The Spiritual Art of Decorating a Church Home
  • 6 God's Family at Rest (p. 85)
  • 7 Company's Coming (p. 99)
  • 8 Personal Attention (p. 113)
  • 9 What Care Looks Like (p. 125)
  • 10 The Whole Church Preaches (p. 137)
  • 11 Parenting the Church Family (p. 149)
  • 12 Close to Home (p. 163)
  • Afterword (p. 177)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 181)
  • Notes (p. 183)
  • About the Author (p. 187)