I recently finished Michael Cheshire’s How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training.
A refreshing read to say the least. Cheshire is hilarious. But he is also incredibly honest. The author is obviously far less concerned with impressing the reader than he is in encouraging and equipping him or her. As is the case with nearly every book that I come across, there are a few propositions that I would disagree with or at least shy away from (usually how he says something more than what he is actually saying). But overall, a highly practical (and personal) resource for anyone halfway interested in planting (or who has already planted) a church.
One section I most appreciated was the portion dedicated to incarnational living. The author proposes…
- Proximity without agenda. But in order to show people that we are all the same, we needed to be friends first before we could even think of talking about God (282-283).
- The church must attend to the community instead of asking the community to attend the church.
- Build events that use the Trojan horse concept.