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Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture by Tim Suttle
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“Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old and was considered not very bright. Oprah Winfrey was demoted from a news anchor job because she was thought to be unfit for television. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination. Thomas Edison was called stupid by his teachers. The Beatles were told they didn’t have a great sound and rejected by Decca Recording Studios. Dr. Suess was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. Abraham Lincoln had a long list of failures, including eight election losses and a nervous breakdown.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Christianity is, at its core, a minority religion. Those who follow Jesus must follow him in vulnerability. Christians don’t have any formal power or influence in the world. Those who try to accomplish God’s mission through power cannot follow Jesus in his work, because the way to follow Jesus is the way of powerlessness. The way of Jesus leads us to the cross.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Evangelicals in America have a choice, and it’s a big one. Are we going to continue to pursue the growth of the church above all else, or are we going to pursue the holistic stewardship of life, the land, the people, the animals, the environment, and the world in which we are situated? Our culture is changing rapidly, and we are not going to survive if we do not live for the life of the world, because the culture will reject us and our message out of hand. Are we going to continue to pursue and perpetuate church models, church growth, conversions, and the survival of Christian culture no matter what? Or are we going to live like Jesus lived? Are we going to embrace the cruciform life of discipleship? Are we going to continue to preach a soterian gospel meant to provide us with more “conversions”? Or are we going to lay down our lives for the sake of the world? If we do, we might find the courage and strength to begin to dive headlong into a better understanding of what the church is and what it is for.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“God’s mission is about suffering, which manifests in a covenant relationship between God and God’s people through which the life of the believer is continually poured out for the life of the community in which they live.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“The typical assumption of most books on church and ministry — even those written more recently in the missional church field — is the idea that the church’s job is to grow. A healthy church is a church that grows bigger. My argument is that this assumption is built not on the gospel but on the American narrative.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“When It Comes to Virtue, Failure Is as Important as Success”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Christian leadership is about immersing ourselves in the Story of God and then living faithfully within that narrative as it is still unfolding. Ministry leaders today need to spend far more time immersing themselves in the story and less time learning and implementing success-determined strategies.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“How do good people do bad things? We rationalize our behavior.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Christian leadership has too often become about pragmatism (what works, makes us grow, gets me predictable results, is most effective), while faithfulness has taken a backseat. Pastors have morphed into CEOs, and the worth of leaders has become intrinsically tied to the success of their congregations or ministries.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“The Christian leader is called not primarily to be effective, but to be faithful and to practice leadership in the way of Jesus no matter what the perceived results may be.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Techniques can be transferred without any direct contact. To learn a virtue, you must be in a relationship with a person who has learned to master that virtue.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Hauerwas and Willimon remind us that “the church doesn’t have a social strategy, the church is a social strategy.”3 The focus of the church is on being the peculiar people of God, embodying a different social reality.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“If your life is motivated by your ambition to leave a legacy, what you’ll probably leave as legacy is ambition. — Rich Mullins”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“My father was a better bricklayer than I am a theologian. I am still in too much of a hurry. But if the work I have done in theology is of any use, it is because of what I learned on the job, that is, you can lay only one brick at a time. — Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“If we learn to think theologically about leadership at its most basic level, our vision of what greatness actually looks like will be different for churches and ministries, even for our lives.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“the constant covenanting required for membership in the community of the faithful is subverted by the leader who promises customer satisfaction instead of sacrifice.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Competition increases anxiety and inhibits performance. Cooperation lowers anxiety and increases performance,”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Bonhoeffer understood something that many leaders miss — the necessity of vulnerability in following Christ.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
“Virtues are the guard rails that will keep us from damaging the long-term health of the church for short-term gains.”
Tim Suttle, Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture

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