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
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
No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, "Autopsy of a Deceased Church" will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom
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
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
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
Ken Sande, author of the bestselling classic "The Peacemaker," has long been a trusted resource on the topic of conflict resolution. In "Resolving Everyday Conflict," Sande distills his message to the essentials, quickly equipping readers with the tools they need to bring peace to their relationships. Everyone encounters conflict--whether it be with a coworker, family member, friend, or complete stranger. And yet we all desire harmony in our relationships. "Resolving Everyday Conflict" is a practical, biblical, concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life that can turn tumultuous relationships into peaceful ones.
Follow Your Own Lead! The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley's passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. This is the perfect guide for any new leader - or for the mentor of a future leader!
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
The simple revolution is here. From the iPod design to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world.
Now in paperback after selling more than 100,000 copies in hardcover, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller "Simple Church" guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. Based on case studies of four hundred American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive by taking four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus.
"Simple Church" examines each idea, clearly showing why it is time to simplify. This updated trade paper edition includes a new chapter with f ... more
Generous hospitality creates a warm and welcome environment for your visitors. Make visitors feel welcome and special Use this Pew Card to record visitor information. The front of this two-sided card feactures a full-color illustration of a church on a hill, and the words Welcome Visitor to our service. We will appreciate your filling in the reverse side of this card and dropping it in the offering plate. The reverse side has space for entering the date, visitor 's name, phone number, address, if visitor is a church member and where, if visitor attends Sunday School and where, guest of who?, and a box to check if the visitor is interested in joining the church. Size is 2 1/2" x 5; package of 25, same design. Examine our ... more
Vanier's "lectures", built as they are around stories from a life lived among the poor and disabled, have moved his listeners for years. Some say it is his gentleness and joy; others speak of his disarming radicalism. All note the spirit of hope. NeutralChristians beware!
Generous hospitality creates a warm and welcome environment for your visitors. Make visitors feel welcome and special Use this Pew Card to record visitor information. The front of this two-sided card feactures a full-color illustration two people shaking hands, and the words Welcome to our service. We will appreciate your filling in the reverse side of this card and dropping it in the offering plate.; the reverse side has space for entering the date, visitor 's name, phone number, address, if visitor is a church member and where, if visitor attends Sunday School and where, guest of who?, and a box to check if the visitor is interested in joining the church. Size is 2 1/2" x 5; package of 25, same design. Examine our on- ... more
PM'Gay,' 'Christian,' and 'celibate' don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's 'No' to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of sha ... more