Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating based upon 10 customer reviews, and is currently #48 in the Kindle store. Sounds like a book I need to read as I continue to volunteer at my church, so I just downloaded it and will be diving into it shortly. You can pick up your copy by clicking here.
Here’s the book description from the Amazon website:
Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error. The book draws from the experience of Seacoast Church as well as pastors such as Craig Groeschel, Chris Hodges, Perry Nobel, Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Chapman, Dino Rizzo, Ron Hamilton, and Dave Browning, Church leaders will be encouraged to realize that they are not the only ones who struggle, and that turning their situation around may not be as daunting a task as they think. This is a field guide for the common pastor based on actual churches of all sizes.
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Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing Endorsements
In Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing, Geoff Surratt brilliantly exposes commonly held beliefs that hold churches back. His practical insights will empower your ministry to push through man-made barriers to reach more people with the gospel.
— Craig Groeschel, Pastor, of LifeChurch.tv
Most anyone can point out the mistakes pastors make, but only someone with a huge heart for leaders and the local church can offer proven solutions. My friend and advisor Geoff Surratt is just that person. Grab your journal and a fresh pen and get ready to take some notes–this book is like a master’s degree in church leadership!
— Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor, of The Journey Church
Geoff Surratt has profound insights into the inner workings of the church. And he unpacks them in ways that are both practical and inspirational.
— Mark Batterson
Geoff Surratt knows what it takes to grow and build a healthy church–he’s done it as an integral part of the ministry team at Seacoast Church. Now he pulls back the curtain to let us in on the painful lessons he learned along the way and shows us how to avoid making the same missteps. It’s a helpful read that just might save your church, your ministry, or your marriage.
— Larry Osborne, North Coast Church, Vista, California
Geoff Surratt is the peanut butter and jelly for every piece of bread in today’s church. He sees things others tend to miss and knows how to frame things in a way that will lift up and encourage those who listen to him.
— Dino Rizzo, Pastor, of Healing Place Church
A veteran pastor once instructed me, “Take God seriously. Just don’t take yourself seriously.” Geoff strikes that balance with wit and wisdom. Any growth-oriented pastor will benefit from this book and probably will get a few belly laughs out of it too! The laughter helps the medicine go down.
— David Browning
Ten Stupid Things That keep Churches from Growing is a must read for pastors and staff if you want your church to grow. This book is very practical–a great read and a useful reference for leaders in ministry. I love the chapter on promoting talent over integrity. It is so easy to try to fast-track leaders and not safeguard your ministry for continued growth. Thanks, Geoff! This is a great book.
— Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Cummunity Christian Church
Ten Stupid Things is an idiot’s guide to church and ministry–and that’s a good thing! Surratt’s passionate style, pithy writing, and examples help us to think about our own situation with fresh eyes.
–Ed Stetzer, Author, of “Comeback Churches”
“Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing will teach you things you will never learn in seminary but every pastor needs to know. Geoff Surratt brings a fresh, bold, and honest approach to ministry which will help you put the joy back in ministry. You’ll get more than a lesson here – you’ll get real life experiences from successful churches all across the country.
— Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama