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Are you committed to building a strong local church in a post-Christian context, but unsure what’s possible, or how to go about it?

What Church Can Be was written for you.

Pastor and church planter Matthew Kruse’s deeply loved hometown of Boston is a decidedly secular city where the gospel is primarily met with disinterest or disdain. The average Bostonian – wounded by one o
Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Xulon Press
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Matt Moran
So good.
I may be biased because I lived and pastored with Matt through much of this book. But I have not ever read a book with this combination of pastoral theology and raw intensity. There's nothing theoretical here. A book to repent with, a book to get inspired with, and a book to work through with your team as you solidify your church's local mission.
A profound book that deserves a wide audience.
Darryl Dash
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s important to learn biblical truth, but it’s even more valuable to see biblical truth lived out. We need more than principles; we need examples.

I’m grateful for books on church planting and pastoral ministry, and I’ve learned a lot from them. Some books lean toward the truth side; they’re helpful because they’re timeless. Some books lean toward the application side; they’re helpful because they’re practical. What we really need, though, is both.

In other words, we need a book like this.

Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What Church Can Be will make you experience so many emotions; laughter, tears, heartfelt reflection, wondering and so much more. This book is about what church and life can be when everyone makes the choice to be on mission for making the gospel the center of their lives. The author is genuine, honest, Bostonian without apology, godly, and reflective as he pens for us the experience of planting a church in the heart of Boston. At one point he says, "tears are the language of 'this matters,'" and ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been in church planting for almost ten years now, and have met a lot of jaded, cynical, burnout, and weary church planters. So it’s rare when you read a book by someone in a really hard context for a really long time providing an optimistic vision for What The Church Can Be (and not telling the secret to their magachurch success story!). Matthew Kruse offers a unique contribution that is part exegesis of Acts 20:18-35 (Paul’s Farewell Address to the Ephesians Elders), part memoir and church ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was such a perfect blend of memoir, guide book and call to greater things. It is not just for church planters but anyone who takes Christ's call to go into all the world seriously. I felt encouraged, nostalgic (as a Bostonian) and inspired to repent. Well written. ...more
Dwight Bernier
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful and insightful. Laced with stories of humility and God receiving glory. Every pastoral ministry leader and church planter should read this book with an expectancy of repentance, joy, and readiness as a result.
Bradley Somers
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a ‘blue collar’s’ guide to church planting. It is direct, doesn’t hold back on the joys, difficulties and impossibilities. It’s written by a seasoned practitioner and will be helpful to elders who want to plant new churches or move their church to a new degree of biblical health.
Thomason Varghese
The author uses Acts 20: 17-38 as the framework of his book. All of it was good, Chapter 6 was especially impactful for me.
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Matthew Kruse is the founding pastor of Seven Mile Road, a gospel-centered church just north of Boston. He and his wife Grace have four sons and daughters whom you'd love. Along with a handful of locals, Kruse planted the original Seven Mile Road in 2001 and has seen it become a family of churches stretching from Maine to the Cape. His work has been featured by The Gospel Coalition, Acts 29, Advan ...more

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