Indispensable Church

Powerful Ways to Flood Your Community with Love

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How your church can become vital to your community

You have a passionate desire to take the church outside its four walls and make the love of Jesus practical, visible, and lived out in daily life. But how? How do you put into action what is stirring in your heart?

Indispensable Church provides you and your church real-world, hands-on steps to create a revolution of service to your local community in the name of Christ. By exploring the life of Jesus and the strategic ways he modeled serving the people around him, pastor Chris Sonksen shows you how to put love into action in your neighborhood and your city. The step-by-step instructions, biblical challenges, and teaching resources will help you take love to the streets and make an impact right where you live.

"Few people could deliver this encouraging and challenging reminder to us like Chris Sonksen. Read this book and learn together how to make your church one that your community cannot imagine doing without."--Dino Rizzo, executive director, ARC (Association of Related Churches)

"How many churches do you know of that are truly indispensable? Would the community break out in protest if they heard that your church was relocating? You and I know the answer to those questions already. That is why my friend Chris Sonksen's latest book, Indispensable Church, is truly indispensable. This book should be in the hands of all church leaders--transforming the world."--Sam Chand, leadership consultant and author of Harnessing the Power of Tension


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"Few people could deliver this encouraging and challenging reminder to us like Chris Sonksen has in this book. It is an engaging book you won't want to put down. Read it with your family, your group, or your church, and learn together how to make your church one that your community cannot imagine doing without."

Dino Rizzo, executive director, ARC (Association of Related Churches)

"How many churches do you know of that are truly indispensable? Would the community break out in protest if they heard that your church was relocating? You and I know the answer to those questions already. That is why my friend Chris Sonksen's latest book, Indispensable Church, is truly indispensable. The book's promise is in the subtitle--it will show your church powerful ways to flood your community with love. This book should be in the hands of all church leaders--transforming the world."

Sam Chand, leadership consultant and author of Harnessing the Power of Tension (www.samchand.com)

"The world disruption of 2020 has completely disrupted people's list of must-haves. So how can your church be a must-have? Having worked with thousands of pastors, I can tell you a common denominator among the ones people stick with. The very best pastors love their city and serve it well. Indispensable Church is a road map for building and living out that quality in your life and your team's. Pick up a copy now, and become indispensable."

William Vanderbloemen, CEO and founder, Vanderbloemen

"If your church closed today, would anyone care? Would the community even notice? My friend Chris Sonksen's latest book, Indispensable Church, helps you answer these questions and gives you a practical guide to impact your community like never before. Its simple approach will equip your church to flood the community with acts of kindness and love. I highly recommend you get it into the hands of everyone you know."

Mark Cole, president and CEO, John Maxwell Co.

"Chris Sonksen has been deep into the health and growth of American churches for years. His voice has greatly helped many pastors and their churches thrive and become more effective and impactful in the heart of their communities. His latest book, Indispensable Church, captures the heart of Jesus by inspiring us to take our faith outside the church walls and become the hands and feet of Jesus. It is challenging and practical to every believer who wants to let their light shine."

Scott Wilson, global pastor, The Oaks Church

"Chris Sonksen's new book, Indispensable Church, is both candid and compelling. Filled with fresh concepts, this book will reset your priorities and inspire you to greater service. In fact, you'll never see your church and the needs of your community the same way again."

Hal Donaldson, president, Convoy of Hope

"In such divisive times in our nation, this message of love, kindness, and service has never been more prevalent than now. Chris Sonksen has an amazing gift to encourage and unify those from all walks of life to truly start a movement in our communities. This book will bring inspiration, hope, and the belief that we truly can make a difference, appreciate each other, and 'love thy neighbor.'" 

Ryan Chiaverini, host, ABC 7's Windy City LIVE

"The book Indispensable Church answers the question being asked by many: is the church essential? Chris Sonksen responds with a definite yes by vividly reminding us that the church isn't a performance on the platform, nor is it people sitting in pews. The church must be more than people passively watching; it must be people actively serving and engaging within their community. The power of this institution God created lies in what it does, not in what it says. Its action gives life to God's Word. Chris points out a crucial truth: before the church can be heard, it must be seen. To which I say, Amen."

Gerald Brooks, DD, DCL, lead pastor, Grace Church, Plano, Texas

"Indispensable Church is a book that is right on time. Never has the American church faced such a combination of challenges ranging from shifting cultural landscapes to changing opinions and attitudes about religion, institutions, and authority structures. Helping the church shine as the hope of the world is not only necessary but critical, and that is what this book is designed to do. It's strategically written to be a resource that helps guide the church into the future as the agent of change God meant for it to be. You will enjoy the encouragement and the challenge found in these pages."

Dr. Clayton King, teaching pastor, NewSpring Church; founder, Crossroads Summer Camps and Crossroads Conferences; author of Reborn and Stronger

"In a world that is more isolated and divided than ever, pastors and leaders everywhere are struggling to meet the growing needs of their community. In his book Indispensable Church, Chris Sonksen has delivered powerful yet practical insights that will help equip and empower the church to rise up and learn the language of love. If you're ready to take the church outside its four walls, then Indispensable Church is the book for you."

Jared Ming, lead pastor, Higher Vision Church


The Author

  1. Chris Sonksen

    Chris Sonksen

    Chris Sonksen is the author of Quit Church and When Your Church Feels Stuck. His personal experience comes from his own success in pioneering South Hills Church, a multicampus church that has been widely recognized for its unprecedented growth...

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