Our story begins one Friday morning when an unemployed man knocks at the door of Rev. Henry Maxwell while he is preparing for that Sunday's sermon. Maxwell listens briefly to the man's plea before brushing him aside and closing the door. The same man then appears in church at the end of the Sunday sermon, where he quietly but frankly confronts the congregation. "I'm not complaining just stating facts," he says, about their lack of compassion for people like him in the community. Upon finishing his address to the congregation he collapses only to die a few days later. That next Sunday, Henry Maxwell, deeply moved by the events of the past week, presents a challenge to his congregation: "Do not do anything without first as ... more
Folded Size: 6'' x 9'' full color, Welcome Folder.These resources offer wonderful assistance for churches in their ministry efforts by providing quality, customizable pieces to welcome visitors and to facilitate outreach in the community.
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
There's no scoreboard in the sanctuary, and the only plate is probably for the offering. But every church leader needs to know how to win, and every congregation needs to know when to cheer. This insightful book speaks to every church leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. An engaging parable about one overwhelmed pastor is followed by an overview of seven successful team practices, each one developed and applied in a ministry setting. Reinforced by relevant discussion questions, these clear, easy, and strategic practices can turn any ministry into a winning team.
Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing. If you are satisfied with those res ... 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.
We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not his plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ. Paul David Tripp helps us discover
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.
Health, finance, family, the future - life is full of questions. There are deeper questions, too. Who am I Why am I here? Where am I going? Does life have any purpose? But the ultimate questions are about God. Does he exist? What is he like? Can I know him and experience his power in my life? And if so, how? This booklet tackles these vital questions head-on - and answers them simply, clearly and directly. Read it carefully. It could change your life - for ever. 'John Blanchard masterfully presents the gospel in a thought-provoking introduction followed by 12 straightforward questions with their answers - using more than 100 Scripture verses. The content is superb, the message clear, and the challenge powerful. God is ho ... more
Author Sarah Lanier explains how cultures around the world can fit into two basic categories and how these categories differ. Whether you are a cross-cultural worker or simply live in a cross-cultural neighborhood, you'll find this book to be a valuableresource for understanding and relating to others from a different "climate".
Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help--not sabotage--those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the "Urban Perspectives "newsletter, and the author of "Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life," has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. Now, in the vein of Jeffrey Sachs's "The End of Poverty," Richard Stearns's "The Hole in Our Gospel," and Gregory Boyle's "Tattoos on the Heart," his groundbreaking" Toxic Charity "shows ... more
"Unbinding Your Heart" is perfect for a Lenten, summer, or fall study for all established classes and small groups, and new ones formed just for the study. It is a six-week version of "Unbinding the Gospel," with the addition of 40 days of individual prayer exercises coordinated with each chapter. The study is wonderful for everyone in your church from junior high through your most senior seniors It will help individuals risk face-to-face encounters with God. Your entire congregation will begin to pray and talk about their faith, and to risk sharing their faith beyond church walls. See "Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism" (the church leaders' guide) and "Unbinding Your Church" (the Pastor's Guide) Important ... more
Flynn, author of the best-seller, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist (200,000 copies sold), presents a similar approach to the Sacrament of Confession in this new book that reveals 7 key "secrets" or hidden truths about the great spiritual beauty, power and depth of Confession.
The understanding that many Catholics have of the Sacrament of Confession is so limited and narrow in its focus that it keeps them from discovering the real beauty and value of this Sacrament -- beauty and value that even a young child can understand if it's presented properly. For too many Catholics, Confession is just a means to an end: cleaning us up from sin so we can receive Communion. But, as Pope Francis tells us, Confession is much more than "go ... more
"Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelization in our generation as Robert Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism."--Billy Graham
It all started when Jesus called a few men to follow him and share God's message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult--even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others? Robert E. Coleman says the answers aren't found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, he looks to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ.
People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that 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 time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn t how many people you can gather. It s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.
But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed ... more
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
Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver's seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.