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Start This Stop That

Author: Jennifer Cowart
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426765347
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We need less conventional wisdom and more creative leadership. Not all of the advice you’ve heard on church growth works. Judging by results, most doesn’t. It’s time we re-evaluate the standard thinking on how to grow a church, especially considering new voices questioning the worth of church growth. Jim Cowart is shepherding an amazing story. 1800 professions of Christ in ten years have propelled Harvest Church from a church plant of four – Jim’s family – to a thriving community of Jesus disciples. Harvest is changing their world and having a party while they do it. Learn why conventional church thinking such as pastoral care, long-term planning, stewardship campaigns, committees and even staff inhibit church growth. Learn how to do less, and lead more people to Christ.

How To Break Growth Barriers

Author: Carl F. George
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493406566
Size: 79.40 MB
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Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance--many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue. How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth. The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a "harvest" vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.

Killing Cockroaches

Author: Tony Morgan
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 0805449922
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Pastor and popular church culture blogger Tony Morgan once worked as a city manager, a CEO-type job with the suit and tie, corner office, the works. Despite his top-rank status, Tony’s list of responsibilities still included killing cockroaches whenever a freaked out co-worker spotted one in the building. That’s where this unconventional, unforgettable book on church leadership begins. Morgan’s point is that great leaders don’t have to do everything. The key is to play from your strengths while building a team that manages around your weaknesses. Written in a relaxed style similar to marketing guru Seth Godin, Killing Cockroaches’ 142 offbeat, on-target entries will delight and energize church leaders. Chapter titles include “10 Easy Ways to Make Your Church Services More Boring” (creative services), “Action Speaks Louder than Advertising” (meeting people’s physical needs), and “The Power of Simple” (eliminating noise).

For A New Generation

Author: Lee D. Kricher
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310525233
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A New Generation Church is a church with attendees whose average age is at least as young as the average age of the community in which the church exists. Any church can become a New Generation Church that reaches and continues to reach the next generation. The Psalmist writes: We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. (Psalm 78:4 NLT) No Christian would purposely hide the timeless truths of Christianity from the next generation. But often we do, not because of the substance of our church, but because of the approach of our church. For A New Generation is not about changing your church’s statement of faith or core beliefs. It is about evaluating and changing, as needed, your church’s programs, ministries and practices in order to more effectively connect with and stay connected with the next generation. Written for both church leaders and members, For a New Generation presents 5 practical strategies that will lay a foundation for a church to thrive for generations to come. It is based on the assumption that accepting the status quo is the greatest threat to your church’s core mission and, perhaps, to the long-term survival of your church.

Unreasonable Churches

Author: Rich Birch
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781537669540
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In an when 94% of churches are losing ground against the growth of the communities they serve, there is a new breed of churches who buck the trend. UNREASONABLE CHURCHES tells to stories of 10 churches who stopped copying the models of other churches and tried something new. You'll be inspired to consider how your church could see great impact by blazing new trails! ARE YOU READY TO BE UNREASONABLE? What others are saying about UNREASONABLE CHURCHES: "If you know Rich Birch and the unSeminary, you know he delivers fresh, relevant, and practical recourses for everyday leaders like you and me. In his book UNREASONABLE CHURCHES, Rich keeps true to his track record by providing real examples of innovative ideas that work in local churches along with the encouragement to help you know you can do it too! It's an insider's look into some of the best practices to help any church reach its full potential." - Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone(r) Church "Many times we try to put God in a box to figure out how He grows churches and forms ministry strategies, but the reality is that God cannot be contained. He works uniquely in each church and in each community, and I am thrilled that Rich has captured these insightful stories of brave church leaders who have followed God's promptings and seen incredible results." - Heather Larson, Executive Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church "Rich has an incredible gift for bringing practical insight and wisdom to the churches' most unique and often overwhelming challenges. UNREASONABLE CHURCHES is a great resource to take your next steps in improving your ministry." - Frank Bealer, Family Pastor, Elevation Church "One thing I've learned in two decades of church leadership is that many leaders would rather make excuses than make progress. The truth is, you can make excuses or you can make progress but you can't make both. If you want to keep making excuses, don't read this book. If you want to make progress, prepare to become unreasonable." - Carey Nieuwhof, Founding and Teaching Pastor, Connexus Church, www.careynieuwhof.com "UNREASONABLE CHURCHES challenges church leaders to think daringly about 'the way things have always been done.' Rich challenges the Church to take risks on trying new approaches to ministry including giving leadership training, follow up, and more. The case studies of churches innovating and reaching uncharted territory, along with takeaway questions, are inspiring and worth every penny spent on the book!" - Tim Stevens, Vanderbloemen Search Group "Rich has done the church an epic favor by writing this book. He's a master storyteller, and he knows what he's talking about! I'm excited for you to read this valuable resource." - Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor Transformation Church, Author of The High Definition Leader: Leading Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World "Having served as an executive pastor for nearly 12 years, I understand the temptation to mimic the success of other churches. In UNREASONABLE CHURCHES, Rich has gathered an inspiring collection of stories about leaders who are passionately pursuing the ministry God has for their church. It's an important reminder that each call is unique and radically different. I know you'll be encouraged to seek God for a better understanding of the influence of your church." - Jenni Catron, Founder of The 4Sight Group and author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership SEE INSIDE FOR MORE ENDORSEMENTS

The Self Aware Leader

Author: Terry Linhart
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830881069
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Effective ministry begins here. You've studied what you think you need to know before entering a career in ministry. Is there anything that is more important than knowing about hermeneutics, homiletics, theology, exegesis, and everything else you have likely learned in seminary and church ministry so far? Yes, there is. How well do you know yourself? You need to build your ministry career on the right foundation of an objective understanding of self. If you don't comprehend your strengths and weaknesses, then you won't be fully prepared to enter the crucible of ministry. Serving as a pastor is one of the toughest calls there is. But it can also be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, especially if you have taken the time to examine both your gifts and vulnerabilities. The church needs leaders who have the clear-eyed courage to pursue the hardest part of the ministry journey: seeing yourself. The Self-Aware Leader will help you to do just that.

Sticky Faith

Author: Kara E. Powell
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310591864
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Most parents would give anything to anchor their children with a vibrant faith that “sticks” and continues to mature long-term. Yet despite this deep desire, research indicates that approximately 40-50% of high school seniors drift from their faith after graduation. In response to this problem, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has launched the College Transition Project, a national longitudinal study following 400 high school seniors during their first three years in college. This provocative and needed research is geared to spark a movement that empowers parents, churches, leaders, and adults of all ages to develop robust and long-term faith in kids.

Growing Young

Author: Kara Powell
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493405829
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Unleashing the Passion of Young People in Your Church Is Possible! Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church. Visit www.churchesgrowingyoung.org for more information.

Designed To Lead

Author: Eric Geiger
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 1433690241
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"Authors Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential leaders to be formed throuhg the ministry of a local church."--Back cover.