Learning from the best is always a wise thing to do! Whether you like that person or not, people who have achieved a certain level of success warrant a certain level of attention. Robert Morris is one of these men within the church leadership circles.
The Blessed Church is a handbook for the modern church leader. The whole thesis behind this book is that church growth is a result of church health, the only way to sustain healthy continuing growth is to create a healthy church. That’s an obvious statement, yet so profound.
Robert Morris declares that the church he Pastor’s, Gateway is a healthy church. After reading The Blessed Church, I can only agree! The book takes a practical look at every aspect of the principles, foundation, structure and DNA of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
While I never really had a light shining huge revelation moment while reading this book, I just couldn’t out it down. This is pure wisdom, pure practicality and pure Jesus all wrapped into one. The wisest statements are so often the most obvious and while I learned a few things about church leadership and being a shepherd of a church of people, the most overwhelming thoughts that came to me as I read this book was, that’s why my church is falling flat in this area, or that is why we are excelling in this other areas, because we have systems of health or unhealth!
Any Pastor, no matter your view on church and leadership should pick this up! If I was to plant a church again I would along with Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley make everyone of our launch team read this book. Why? Because church health result in church growth, and ultimately every pastor wants their church to grow and I believe this book will help it grow numerically, financially and spiritually!
My favorite chapters were the ones on their Pastor, Staff & Elder structure and also church government. To be honest if I know church government was in this book I’d probably have skipped right by it, but Morris’ take on it is so refreshing that it immediately made me want to hold a board meeting (well not quite, but you get my drift!).
Robert Morris may, and sometimes does come across as a little full of himself at times, and to the outsider this maybe a turn off. Yet, after reading this book, I realize that Robert Morris isn’t full of himself, but full of the confidence of who God has created him to be, and that is a huge difference. By the end of this book, this confidence is a little charming and very refreshing.
Thank you Robert for writing this book, it’s a handbook to learn and grow from!