The strength of our Book Reviews collection lies in the categorical breakdown that we have created for you below. We have divided the most common ministry design issues into categories so that you can more easily find the solution that you are looking for. Our eventual goal is to have an in-depth review for every book that will give you further assistance in discovering the reading pathway that can lead you to the solutions to the ministry issues you may be facing.



  • Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting, and Giga-Church World

    by Tim Cool and Jim Tomberlin

    “Growing churches today are utilizing multisite and church planting strategies to reproduce themselves for greater outreach and impact. But where? That is the purpose of this book. This book is not intended to address the why of these missional approaches or even the how. This book is a tool and guide to the where. Where should we meet? What kind of facilities are usable for churches? What are the implications of the various options?

    Tomberlin and Cool reveal the keys to using location as a way to reproduce and increase impact. Locality is all about the convergence of location and facility. The where of a church matters. This book explains the new rules for multisite churches and church plants. Additional contributors to this book include Ed Stetzer, Brad Leeper, and Rich Birch.”

  • Successful Master Planning: More than Pretty Pictures

    by Timothy L. Cool. Publisher: iUniverse.
  • The More – with – Less Church

    By Eddy Hall, Ray Bowman and Skipp Machmer

    Do more, spend less

    In challenging economic times, it is no surprise that churches must get creative with their resources. In The More-with-Less Church, the authors of the bestselling When Not to Build propose that church leaders look on these times as opportunities to reconsider ministry practices that may be siphoning time, money, and energy from their churches. Drawn from time- and field-tested strategies, this practical resource will help you avoid costly mistakes and maximize the return on investment in ministries, staffing, facilities, and finances.

    “The conventional church growth wisdom calls for bigger staff, bigger budgets, bigger buildings. The More-with-Less Church shows it’s possible to impact more people without breaking the budget or burning out staff.”–Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal

    “This volume is chock-full of practical insights on how church leaders can free up more money for the real mission of the church–our impact BEYOND the church in helping people live better lives. The counterintuitive suggestions are just spot on.”–Reggie McNeal, author of Get Off Your Donkey!

    “The problem with many churches today isn’t a shortage of ministries, staff, buildings, or finances–but an abundance of all these resources that are overprogrammed, underutilized, or poorly managed. The More-with-Less Church shows how to maximize your church’s resources to fulfill its mission. Don’t start another program, hire another staff member, lay another brick, or raise another dollar until you read this book!”–Jim Tomberlin, author of 125 Tips for Multisite Churches

    The relationship among this book’s three authors is unique. Ray Bowman founded Living Stones Associates (LSA) in 1980. Eddy Hall succeeded him and now leads a team of ten consultants in addition to serving as head of staff at Hilltop Urban Church in Wichita, Kansas. Skipp Machmer joined LSA in 2011 and is being groomed to succeed Eddy. Skipp is executive pastor at Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota.

  • When Not to Build: An Architect’s Unconventional Wisdom for the Growing Church

    By Ray Bowman & Eddy Hall

    Wise insight on building a church, growing a church, and keeping costs low. For pastors, leaders, and building committees.

  • Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space

    By Tim Cool

    “In this book, several key questions about church facilities are answered: How does church space support the story of the people? How does the church space prime the heart, minds, and emotions of your guests? How does your facility bring people into the story of the church?”