Dirt Matters

The Foundation For a Healthy, Vibrant, And Effective Congregation

by Jim Powell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/29/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781490801810
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781490801803
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781490801827

About the Book

Every church has a unique culture that serves as the soil where its ministry occurs. A church’s culture is the somewhat nebulous and complex blend of norms, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, and practices that define the congregation. The culture establishes the environment that often predetermines the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of God’s Word within that body of believers. It influences a congregation’s potential impact more than techniques, programs, or
pragmatic changes.

Dirt Matters explains and illustrates the importance of church culture, connecting it to a simple analogy that anyone can understand. It also shares how it’s possible to cultivate and nurture a healthier church environment that can put you and your congregation in a better position to bear fruit for God’s glory.


About the Author

Jim Powell is the lead pastor of Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and director of the 95network, a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging and equipping the 95 percent of church congregations in America that are under 800 people in size. 

Through the 95network, Jim coaches, mentors, and consults with pastors and church leaders. He also speaks at conferences and seminars. To inquire about having Jim speak at your church or event, you can go to 

Jim enjoys life in Peoria with his wife, Stephanie; their two boys, Timothy and Trevor; and their English mastiff, Roxie. His published works include articles on church culture, leadership, and spiritual formation. Dirt Matters is his first book.