To Make Your Congregation a Caring Church

Today’s post is a review of Paul Cain‘s 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Congregation a Caring Church (You Can Do It series).

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Congregation a Caring Church

Far from a shallow checklist, this short book of 96-pages is an encouraging consideration of Lutheran congregational hospitality. The text goes through both what it means to be caring and cared for in a good Word-and-Sacrament-centered way.

I found the book to be refreshing and encouraging. No false or unrealistic expectations added. Woo hoo!

There’s common sense, common practices, and a general overview of Christian care. Well-suited to group reading, chapters end with key points, questions, and action items, making this is a great resource for congregation-wide study. This book would be especially ideal for groups like call committees and congregations evaluating themselves.

It is written with Lutherans in mind, but I think it could be helpful for a great many faithful congregations. I consider it to be well-grounded in Scripture and general hospitality considerations. Still, it is particularly satisfying to this Lutheran, with its solid proclamation of Gospel and appreciation of the means of grace and pastors. 🙂

The five chapters:

  1. Understand Why You Care
  2. Show Uncommon Common Sense
  3. Care for the Community
  4. Care for Church Workers and Their Families
  5. Care for the Congregation

Lutheran Book Review Blogs

Paul Cain contributes to a Lutheran review blog! Rev. Peter Bertram, Rev. Paul J. Cain, Rev. Shawn L. Kumm, Rev. Kenneth Mars, and Rev. Kirk Peters work together to offer a “Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit Quarterly Book Review blog“!

Do you know of any other Lutheran book review blogs? I can’t be the only one interested!

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  1. I’m going to have to check out chapter 4! Thanks for the tip about this resource, Mary.

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