Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy (9Marks)
“If your heart is moved with compassion for the weak and the suffering in the world, then you will want to pick up this book. But I must warn you, it’s not the book you think you’re getting. Instead, it’s the very book you need to read. Mike McKinley and Mez McConnell argue that while it is heartless to ignore the needs of the weak and suffering, the greatest need they have is the same need we all have—to turn away from sin, embrace Christ, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ in a healthy fellowship of believers committed to one another under the faithful leadership of caring pastors who will equip the church for ongoing ministry. Apart from that, we are merely meeting temporal needs and offering no hope for a changed life now.”See All
Juan R. Sanchez Jr.
Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas/b>
“Finally–a book on this vital aspect of the gospel mission that is Bible–rich, gospel–centered, and church–focused! And it’s written for the average Christian by two guys with skin in the game. Church in Hard Places is a gift to the church.”See All
Jared C. Wilson
Director of Content Strategy, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“McConnell and McKinley have done us a great service in collaborating to write this accessible, passionate, and important book. Seldom have I read something with such a mixture of gospel ambition and hard-nosed realism. Thats probably because it is written by practitioners rather than theorists. May God grant a plethora of such practitioners to be birthed by this book for the vital task of reaching those neither easily nor often reached.”See All
Executive Director, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
“Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley have written a book that we need. Church in Hard Places is timely and will instruct a generation serious about taking the gospel to and seeing the church planted in difficult contexts and situations. Those with the highest views of God and grace ought to be most passionate about seeing the church gathered in the hardest places. Mez and Mike spur us on to this task.”See All
J. Ligon Duncan
Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
“Two pastors from opposite sides of the Atlantic come together to share their stories of pastoring people in hard places. Mike McKinley and Mez McConnell care about what the Bible says, they care about people, and they care about the local church. Their stories communicate love, joy, humor, and wisdom. I pray that this convincing and compelling book encourages others to labor for the spread of the gospel where today there is no witness.”See All
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
It is impossible to alleviate poverty—in its fullest sense—apart from the local church.
In recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor. But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it’s not rooted in the local church—God’s established means of drawing downtrodden people into a transformative relationship with himself. Emphasizing the priority of the gospel, Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley, both pastors with fruitful ministries among the poor, offer biblical guidelines and practical strategies for planting, revitalizing, and growing faithful churches in hard places—in your own community and around the world.
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