Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. "I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members -- rather than the functional and theological issues -- that previous new member primers all but ignored.
Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more nat ... more
A weak gospel foundation leads to fragile missions practices. Understanding both the biblical foundations and biblical missionary practices is essential to joining the everyday mission of God."" "Life on Mission" is a rich but simple guide that will help everyday missionaries (electricians, lawyers, church planters, students, etc.) in the areas of gospel and mission, which will lead to an effective ministry within one's own community. The content is adaptable to any context and can function well as an individual study or within a small group environment. "Life on Mission" not only delivers a robust gospel base with daily mission practices, but is threaded with engaging stories and powerful questions that help indi ... more
This companion training manual to Real-Life Discipleship provides unique guidance and insight to pastors, church leaders, and their disciples as they work to create an effective discipleship program. With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciplemaking so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ. This leader's resource shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.
* Our parish wasn't working, said the leaders of a Catholic church in Maryland. They didn't know how to fix it. Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic centre of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brough their parish back to life.
For more than 40 years, this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. This convenient, portable format has an updated look for a new generation of readers.
Part of the 9Marks Healthy Church Study Guide series, this study examines key biblical images of the church to help participants discover what the church should look like and how it should operate.
The local church is meant to be living, growing, distinct, and God-glorifying, yet most people disagree about what a church really is and what it should look like. This study works through seven biblical aspects of the church and, in so doing, helps participants to discover a big picture vision of the church.
A series of ten 6-7 week studies covering the nine distinctives of a healthy church as originally laid out in Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever. This series explores the biblical foundations of key aspec ... more