Written as a follow-up to Not Just a Soup Kitchen, David Apple's Neighborology provides a blueprint for how churches and servant leaders of every ministry can be neighborly helpers. Apple provides insight into developing the heart of a servant by modeling the compassion of Jesus Christ and presenting practical instruction and invaluable resources. This book is a must-read for servants of today and tomorrow.
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
"Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A" provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives. By the end of the book, readers will have been through the entirety of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday. Suitable for both individual and group study and reflection, Wright's Lenten devotional will help make Matthew's gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of discovery and growth.
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
How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren't sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea. But with this book, you don't have to wonder any more.
Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Dever then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers ... more
* 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.
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
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout history. Author and pastor Andy Stanley draws from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience to bring to life the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church. In Deep and Wide, Stanley identifies some of the key decisions and strategies behind the founding of North Point Community Church in 1995, describing how and why it continues to flourish. He also shares stories of how God is working today to propel the movement of the church through the six locations of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, GA and the 25 strategic partners throughout North America. He illustrates how to create a ministry that appeals to ... more
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 t ... more
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!
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
What would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus' life--temptation, suffering, death, resurrection--to your own? Would you come to know Him more intimately and with a greater understanding of your purpose? Would you embody more completely the mission, love, and mind of Jesus? This DVD small group study, based on producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's major theatrical release, "Son of God," features "New York Times" bestselling author Pastor Rick Warren as he explains how you can find your purpose in studying the life of Jesus. "Member Book" includes a small group experience for six sessions, applicable Scripture, and a group discussion guide. Also includes leader helps. (6 sessions)
Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It's not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)---they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ.Center Church, a collection of twelve essays by Timothy Keller, outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organized around three core commitments: *Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. ... more