The Rabbit & the Elephant: Why Small is the New Big for Today's Church

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2009 - Religion - 233 pages
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If you put two elephants in a room together and close the door, in 22 months you may get one baby elephant. But two rabbits together for the same amount of time will result in thousands of baby rabbits! In The Rabbit and the Elephant, “micro church” planters Tony and Felicity Dale use the “rabbit” illustration to show the pace at which the Christian faith can (and should) be growing—through evangelism that is explosive and transformational. The Rabbit and the Elephant contains the key to 21st century evangelism—taking the gospel to where the pain and the people are.
  • Documents how “church” across the world is changing from being event-based to life and relationship-based.
  • Shows how small and simple churches can multiply rapidly.
  • Shows how to incorporate spiritual growth and outreach into every aspect of our lives.
  • Includes relevant research on churchgoing habits and impact gathered by the Barna Group.

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A must read for every Christian. Simple church is here to stay. The legacy church is losing members while the rest of the world is growing in Christ. How do we reach the lost? Simple church makes ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Felicity Dale received her medical training at Barts Hospital in London, and worked as a family doctor before leaving to look after her own family of four children.

In 1987, the Dales moved to the United States where they developed businesses to support themselves, and jumped heart-first into church planting. They helped to found House2House, an organization that equips the simple/organic/house church movement around the world.

Felicity has authored Getting Started and An Army of Ordinary People, and, with Tony and George Barna, is co-author of Small is Big!

Felicity's interest in the topic of women began back in the UK where she was restricted in her gifting as a strategic thinker in the church because of her gender. This led to a decades long pursuit of the Biblical truth about women in ministry. She writes and blogs frequently about women in the Kingdom of God.

The co-authors of this book include a team of men and women, all of whom have a passion to see women released and partnering with men for the harvest. Between them, they have authored more than 50 books.

George Barna is the president and founder of Barna Research Group. Barna has developed seminars for clients such as The Billy Graham Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, and The Prison Fellowship. His other clients include Prudential, Sothwestern Bell, The Walt Disney Company, and Visa USA. He has also served as a pastor of a southern California church. Barna has written many books on the church and culture including The Habits of Highly Effective Churches, User Friendly Churches, and Marketing the Church. His work has been quoted in Newsweek, Time, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

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