Book Review: No Perfect People Allowed

What kind of church is your church? Who is welcome at your church? I mean really welcome. Would the gay activist, the muslim, the local thief or drunk? What behaviours do they have to conform to before they’re welcome? John Burke sets out to help churches create genuinely welcoming church cultures that takes broken people and leads them to Christ and does a very good job in this helpful book. I have to confess, I first started reading this book several years ago on my to hear John speak here…

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The church as God’s family

“The Scriptures command us as God’s family to encourage and build up one another, instruct one another, teach and admonish one another, prompt one another toward love and good deeds, serving one another in love. We teach people how to relate to each other in these ways, telling stories of the powerful abilities they have to develop one another. When small group communities learn to be the voice of God, looking for the potential God sees in each person, encouraging the development of each other, amazing things happen. People realise…

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Great advice on small groups

This is great advice from John Burke in No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church: “What I’ve found in the past twenty years of leading small groups is this: if you help people feel at ease and enjoy being together, opening up to each other early on, you’ll have years of time to truly go deep in study and prayer. If your group fails to achieve that homestyle, laughing-around-the-dinner-table feel, your group will never become the healing, life-giving family environment God intended. Groups who do life…

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