Great Book! It greatly helps our church. It addresses obstacles and take advantage of the opportunities. The writing style is great and easy to understand!
Finally a REAL book on discipleship. It may sound too direct, but I despise what I call “microwaved” books. We’ve all read a them before: The book you’ve bought with high hopes only to notice you’ve read the “same book” before only by a different author with a different cover. Many discipleship texts seem this way to me. However, this isn’t such a book and Im breaks the mold.
What stands out about Im’s work is its contrast to every other work of discipleship on the market today. No Silver Bullets not only provides “what” we should do, but the “why,” as well. This may be strange to most who only want to know “what” to do when it comes to discipleship and not all the reasoning that goes behind it. As someone who ministers in this field, knowing the “why” is just as important. If I don’t know “why” I need to do something, then the “what” just seems like trend, or opinion, and not backed up by anything tangible and verifiable.
Im’s book outlines an especially interesting approach: Instead of making wide, sweeping changes in your ministry philosophy and discipleship paradigm, make a few strategic shifts that lead to overarching change in one’s congregation. This approach is excellent as most in ministry leadership seek a magic silver bullet to transform their ministry, but as the title says, silver bullets don’t exist. Instead of a silver bullet approach, Im suggests there are five real, small shifts which can occur in one’s church which can genuinely (and subtly, which is always good) transform the discipleship culture in your culture.
The genius of Im’s work is how it doesn’t involve a huge overall of the ministries of your church, the investment of thousands of dollars which may or may not yield and fruit. More than anything, Im’s work is based on a 5 small philosophy shifts on the part of the leader in how they approaching discipleship. For example the idea from going from Sage to Guide was extremely helpful.
This should be required reading for those who are being trained for ministry, but most of all, it should be read by those who have worked in the area of education or discipleship for many years and are looking for ways to change their strategy to better serve a new generation of believers.
No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry by Daniel Im is a phenomenal book that explores five small shifts that can truly transform a Christian ministry.
This book should be required reading for any ministry leader who wants to create effective and lasting change in their ministry.
I found this book absolutely eye opening! It provided me with a new and very unique perspective on ministry development and discipleship. Many of the concepts that Daniel shared were completely new to me. I am excited to increase my understanding of them and soon implement them in the ministry that I lead. There is no doubt in my mind that making the small shifts that he shared will have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Not only is this book packed full of helpful information and strategies, but it challenges churches and ministry leaders to examine what they’ve been doing and whether or not it has truly been effective. I like that Daniel isn’t trying to force a particular method of doing things on readers. He presents options, explores their relevance to ministry work and shares how they can be beneficial if implemented properly.
This is a must read for anyone in ministry or a leadership role who has a desire to increase their effectiveness in making disciples and developing a mission focused ministry. Daniel shares so many valuable insights on how to do both and so much more in this book.
I honestly don’t have any knocks against this book. It is a resource that definitely lives up to its promise of helping to transform ministries. That is certainly possible, if readers are willing to better understand their ministries and implement the applicable micro-changes that Daniel shares and examines.
This is a book that I am sure to refer back to until I’ve developed a full understanding of each of the concepts. This book offers so much insight and is extremely helpful. It truly is phenomenal!