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Description: Recently George Gallup was quoted as saying, "The giant assumption is that because the church is growing, the people are growing. The better question is, 'What's going on inside the church that's growing?'" He's right. By itself, growth or size may or may not be a good thing. Health is the critical component.
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You may have read books on this topic before-but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. Whether you're a pastor, a leader, or an involved member of your congregation, studying the nine marks of a healthy church will help ...
'God-centered coaching has the power to change lives... both your life and the lives of those you come into contact with,' says Logan and Carlton.
God has something for each person to accomplish. He has given us a part to play in the advance of his kingdom. We are successful when we find out what part that is and learn to play it...
Your Church Can Open Its Doors to the Community
In the past, the doors of the church opened inward, but now people are no longer coming in through church doors as they once did. Instead, God is calling the church to open the doors outward as the people of God take the Gospel to their community.
Through extensive statistical research, perso...
A practical and inspirational book based on the principle of sowing and reaping. If we sow fear, what will be our harvest? And conversely, if we sow faith, what will we grow? This book moves the reader beyond fear and guilt about giving and into confidence, security, and excitement. Andy Stanley unpacks our irrational fears about money, helpin...
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his steward...
In Sticky Church, author and pastor Larry Osborne makes the case that closing the back door of your church is even more important than opening the front door wider. He offers a time-tested strategy for doing so: sermon-based small groups that dig deeper into the weekend message and tightly velcro members to the ministry. It's a stra...
People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And thatâ€™s exactly how he wants it to be.
When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus ti...
It is easy to assume that if we understand the gospel and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by itâ€”but this is not true. Many churches claim to be gospel-centered but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel. The implications of the gospel have not yet worked their w...
Reaching a changing world with the unchanging gospel
God does not change--but people do. The ways people are hearing the gospel and connecting with churches today are not the same as they were even twenty years ago. It stands to reason, then, that if we want our churches to grow--if we want the kingdom to grow--it's time to reevaluate the w...
Welcome to the first truly post-Christian generation
Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there's a new generation--making up more than 25 percent of the US population--on the scene that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is poised to challenge every church to rethink it...
When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of fina...
Which Chair Are You In?
How does someone go from seeking truth about Jesus to knowing Him and making disciples in His name? Well, it's not easy. But it is simple.
Teacher and church leader Dann Spader explains disciple-making as a process of moving people through "four chairs," from someone seeking to know more about Christ all the way to so...
The simple revolution is here. From the design of Apple products to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world.
Now in paperback, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. With insights based on case studies ...
Church planting is not just about gathering new communities of people who are already Christians. In the book of Acts, church plants begin with sharing the gospel. Planting churches flows naturally out of making disciples.
Pastor J. D. Payne explains the process and stages of church planting, with biblical foundations and practical steps for ...
In the opening pages of Scripture and at the conclusion of the Gospels we find two incredibly importaqnt imperatives for God's people: "Multiply" and "Make disciples." If you have ever wondered how these integral commands are connected and what their implications for ministry might be, then join Bob Nieuwendorp as he relates critical theological...
Heaven Help Our Church!
If you are a member of or have even been a member of a troubled church, or just want to be a force for unity and effectiveness in your congregation, Heaven Help Our Church! is just what the doctor ordered. The author gives the reader a large dose of hope, based on the promises of the Bible and his own experiences at leadi...
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Urban, suburban and rural churches may have the same mission and engage in a
similar activities, but ministry in rural places is significantly different from ministry in the city. During thirty five years in rural ministry, Lee J. Smith found that the issues rural ...
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A Guide for Effective Pastoral Evaluations
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"As a pastor, I dreaded evaluation. Too often it missed the mark and failed to help my ministry. Using a simple narrative, Steve Musser unveils four distinct approaches to pastoral evaluation that are filled with great insig...
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