David Beer was one of those church leaders you wanted to learn from, one who I had the privilege of meeting and hearing speak several times. In Building a Strategic Church he allows us to sit in a coffee shop with him and chat about lots of different areas of church ministry.
The book covers a huge number of areas with eleven chapters, each subdivided into little sections only a few pages long:
- Why be strategic?
- Strong leadership
- Team spirit
- Relational structures
- Application preaching
- Training and equipping
- Exponential thinking
- Generous attitude
- Involvement with the local community
- A caring heart
- Putting it all together
After serving as Senior Pastor at Frinton Free Church (a church with approximately 600 members) he went on to head up the Purpose Driven Church movement in Europe. This does mean that some parts of the book come across as overly American and reliant on the acrostics and structures that come from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church.
The book left me wanting more in several areas, I would want to bounce ideas with David Beer, understanding why he does things in certain ways, and what he thinks about some of my ideas. If you’re looking for a helpful overview to the how of church then look no further.