Work Title: Church Is a Team Sport:A Championship Strategy for Doing Ministry Together
Work Author(s): Jim Putman
256 pages, Softcover $17.99
Reviewer: Margaret Cullison
As a teenager, Jim Putman rebelled against his pastor father's religious beliefs. He studied subjects in college that challenged the authenticity of Christian doctrine and decided that God didn't exist. Instead of contradicting him, his father suggested that Putman might want to research all sides of the question before making a definitive decision. A student of history, the author explored many religions, and "came to believe that Christianity is the only historically provable religion in history." A champion wrestler, Putman prepared for a career as teacher and coach. He earned honors coaching high school wrestling teams and served as a youth minister for nine years before making ministry his life's calling. In Church Is a Team Sport, he uses sports analogies to illustrate his ideas about building a participatory congregation. Putman believes that sports teams and churches succeed by paying attention to the welfare of each individual. New people come to church for inspiration and guidance but often end up feeling lonely or ignored, the author explains. And too many church leaders focus too much of their time on being in the spotlight. Big shows do not necessarily build bigger...