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).
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:
- Understand Why You Care
- Show Uncommon Common Sense
- Care for the Community
- Care for Church Workers and Their Families
- 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!