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How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven

How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven… and other ministry training. Michael Cheshire had me at the title! I like to laugh, and I enjoy comedy, but there are admittedly very few books that can actually make me laugh out loud. But within the introduction to How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven, I knew I was in for a delightful read!

Michael’s story is a pretty great one. It’s a success story in the church planting sense (just check out the Journey Foothills website), but it’s also a Cinderella story. You’ll be rooting for the underdog from page one (especially the moment the Journey staff are literally running from some ominous dogs after a failed door-to-door canvassing attempt). It’s an honest story. It’s a picture of what it is to take a leap of faith with few resources and no guarantees. It’s exactly what I needed to be reading at the outset of planting a new church in northwest Arkansas.

What is How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven about? According to the book’s website

true underdog story. Journey with these young leaders as they do church their way. A diner, driving school and an odd jobs company are just some of the ways this group used to build a thriving church. In How To Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training, author and senior pastor Michael Cheshire brings real-life stories to out of the box church work. His humor is unmatched and the insights you get will cut to the core as you journey with him and his team as they build a church from scratch. This book takes you behind the scenes of a radically different way to build a church. It’s a valuable resource for those planning to launch a new ministry or for leaders wanting to be more innovative in their community. This is not a story of the traditional church. Michael and his team sacrifice more than a few sacred cows in their pursuit of God’s calling. If you’re determined to pursue a calling in any type of ministry, this book will only make your fire grow.

There are the lessons we learn from books, classes, and professors. There are the dissertations, seminars, and projects. But there are also those moments when we launch out and attempt something for God only to say, “well, that was stupid.” These are the lessons always best learned from the stories of others. Past this though are the stories of lives changed and people loved and a church planted and built in the foothills of the Rockies by a few people very passionate about Jesus.

This book made me fall in love even more with the idea of casting off all that I think I know and crawling to the feet of Jesus for help on behalf of a world that desperately needs to know Him. Buy a copy today.

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