As a pastor I was under constant pressure to perform for and cater to the ’99 in good pasture,’ leaving little time and energy for the one lost sheep who had wandered away.
Charlotte, N.C. (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
The current trend in the Christian religion is seemingly on reaching the masses, baptizing the multitudes and filling massive buildings. The aptly named “megachurch movement” has consequently shifted away from what one former pastor said is the most central theme in the gospel message.
In Dr. Ronny Russell’s new book, “The ONE,” he expounds on the Bible’s Luke 15 and the common theme of God’s relentless search for lost souls. Instead of trying to keep church membership up, he hopes to focus on reaching those far from the Sunday service crowd.
Russell said, “As a pastor I was under constant pressure to perform for and cater to the ’99 in good pasture,’ leaving little time and energy for the one lost sheep who had wandered away.”
He thinks church leadership should take direction from Jesus’ own words, I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders: Matthew 9:13.
“The ONE” tells of personal success stories that hope to inspire others to join in the search of those who are broken and far from God.
Russell said, “There is absolutely nothing more rewarding in ministry than to be involved in the search and rescue of lost sheep.”
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By Ronny Russell
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and WestBow Press online bookstores
Author and former pastor Dr. Ronny Russell is executive director of Live Again Ministries in Locust, N.C. He and his wife, Judy, have two children and six grandchildren. He is also the author of “Can a Church Live Again?” which is widely used as a guide for church renewal.