In challenging economic times, it is no surprise that churches must get creative with their resources. In The More-with-Less Church, the authors of the bestselling When Not to Build propose that church leaders look on these times as opportunities to reconsider ministry practices that may be siphoning time, money, and energy from their churches. Drawn from time tested strategies and experience, this practical resource will help you avoid costly mistakes and maximize the return on investment in ministries, staffing, facilities, and finances.
The conventional church growth wisdom calls for bigger staff, bigger budgets, bigger buildings. The More-with-Less Church shows it’s possible to impact more people without breaking the budget or burning out staff.
—Drew Dyck, managing editor, Leadership Journal
This volume is chock-full of practical insights on how church leaders can free up more money for the real mission of the church—our impact beyond the church in helping people live better lives. The counterintuitive suggestions are just spot on.
—Reggie McNeal, author, Get Off Your Donkey!
Don’t start another program, hire another staff member, lay another brick, or raise another dollar until you read this book!
—Jim Tomberlin, author, 125 Tips for Multisite Churches
Eddy Hall is CEO of Living Stones Associates, a consulting team that since 1980 has been helping churches devise creative facility solutions, save money, improve church health, and increase ministry impact. He is the coauthor of several books, including When Not to Build and leads the staff at Hilltop Urban Church in Wichita, Kansas, a multi-ethnic church serving a low-income community.
Ray Bowman is the founder of Living Stones Associates. As an architect he spent 30 years helping churches build new facilities before turning his energies to helping them make the most of the buildings they already had. The coauthor of several books, including When Not to Build, he continues to consult in retirement.
J. Skipp Machmer over the past 17 years has served on the staffs of two churches, first as Creative Arts pastor and now as executive pastor at Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota. He has guided a church in transitioning from being inwardly focused to being outwardly focused, helped lead his congregation through the transition to multivenue worship, then becoming a multisite church, seeing attendance grow from 500 to over 1500, mostly through evangelism.