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The Healthy Church

Author : Bob Whitesel
ISBN : 0898275679
Genre : Religion
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Can an ordinary church become an uncommonly healthy church? Absolutely. But it won't happen automatically. Many average, ordinary churches allow their health to deteriorate to the point that they no longer have the heart to grow strong again. How do some churches fend off this heart deterioration to become uncommonly healthy churches? Professor and church growth consultant Bob Whitesel set out to answer just that question: How can a church strengthen its heart, and what are healthy churches doing differently to remain vibrant, flexible, and healthy as their culture and community changes around them? After two years of research with churches that have not only survived but thrived, The Healthy Church is Dr. Whitesel's answer to that question. In addition to practical, biblical teaching based on the latest research, Whitesel offers seven exercises to help strengthen your church's heart. Questions for personal or group study are also included.

Planting Healthy Churches For An Unchurched Community Leaving A Legacy To Build On

Author : Nakia Melecio
ISBN : 9781483458632
Genre : Religion
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Planting new churches is a dedicated response and reasonable service to fulfilling God’s mission. This critical church planting is not only the focus of today’s Christians, but it is also the theological and practical subject of numerous Christian studies that tout scripturally based work for shoring up today’s church. Nakia Melecio is answering God’s call to support local churches, both old and new, and the outcry of God’s people in a heartfelt attempt through conferences, workbooks, websites, and many other substantive pathways for spiritual founding and healing. Church planting is necessary, but it is no easy feat. Nakia Melecio’s ministry will help struggling churches to reinvent themselves and new churches to plant firmly and deeply on solid rock. Through steadfast diligence and unwavering faith, God’s mission can and will be fulfilled. Nakia Melecio shares the vision of how to build a legacy and ultimately claim the victory—methodically, effectively, spiritually, and graciously. Publisher:

Developing Healthy Churches

Author : Robert Warren
ISBN : 9780715146781
Genre : Religion
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Developing Healthy Churches is an utterly practical and realistic guide for any leader seeking to revitalize and grow their church. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Healthy Churches’ Handbook, this new volume will help you implement tried and tested approaches for healthy church growth in your parish.

The Healthy Churches Handbook

Author : Robert Warren
ISBN : 9780715146804
Genre : Religion
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A practical guide that helps churches identify their strengths and weaknesses and discover what action to take in order to develop the health of their church. It focuses on the quality of the church's life rather than just the numbers attending.

Building A Contagious Church

Author : Mark Mittelberg
ISBN : 0310221498
Genre : Religion
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This book will give vision for turning every church--new or old--into a contagious church that is a powerful magnet for attracting and influencing unchurched people.

Healthy Churches Faithful Pastors

Author : David A. Keck
ISBN : 9781566994507
Genre : Religion
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Congregations want to support their pastors, but don’t know how. Pastors love their congregations, but they don’t know what to ask of their congregations to garner needed support. Everyone wants to thrive together, but so often we get stuck. This clear and engaging guide helps pastors and congregations bridge communication gaps and set mutual goals and expectations. Reverend Keck grounds his framework of expectations on both scholarly research and on interviews he’s conducted with pastors and lay people. He finds many common difficulties in churches arise from failing to discuss priorities and expectations, and from not effectively working through the problems that arise when expectations aren’t met. For pastors and congregants to arrive at common expectations, they need to understand each other—their respective needs, hopes, and distinctive callings. This book provides concrete steps to aid congregants and pastors communicate their mutual expectations. Keck presents fifty “expectation statements”—examples of what pastors and congregations can expect of one another; a vital resource to anyone who seeks to initiate a discussion of expectations in their own church. Elucidating goals and expectations allows congregations and pastors to support one another and flourish, and fosters church health and harmony.

Becoming A Healthy Church

Author : Stephen A. Macchia
ISBN : 9780801065033
Genre : Religion
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A healthy church is possible. Here are ten traits to help you diagnose the state of your church and start it down the path to improvement.

Take Your Church S Pulse

Author : Tim Koster
Genre : Religion
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Take Your Church's Pulse presents ten vital signs of a healthy church--five key commitments and five key functions. It then introduce you to a church-health diagnostic tool you can apply to your setting. Thousands of pastors and leaders around the world have found this paradigm helpful in organizing the ministry and mission of the local church. This book and the free diagnostic tool it presents are most useful if accompanied by a healthy process of conversations. With such a process, led by the Spirit, this book can help you discern a preferred future for your community of faith. Koster and Wagenveld write: "A healthy community of faith is rooted first of all in the character and nature of God. It understands its mission and purpose in the world and organizes its life and work to be faithful and effective in its context. None of these vital signs stands alone. It is a combination of factors that together make up a faithful and fruitful organism, the living Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no magic in the number ten, but for the teaching purposes it has worked quite well in different cultural contexts in providing ideas and a language for discussing important issues in congregational life and mission." The intended audience for this book is any pastor, leader, or church member who is interest in having healthy conversations with others to strengthen the local church.

100 Days To A Healthier Church

Author : Karl Vaters
ISBN : 9780802497857
Genre : Religion
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A 100-Day Plan That’s Practical, Realistic, and Actually Works You see the problems in your church, and you truly believe it could be better. Not perfect, but healthier. If you want more for your church but aren’t quite sure how to get there, 100 Days to a Healthier Church was written for you. It teaches you how to: Identify your church’s current level of health using the "Church Health Continuum" Make big changes through small nudges rather than giant leaps Grow your strengths and tackle your weaknesses one at a time After years of trial and error, pastor and author Karl Vaters developed a tested and proven 15-week process that’s manageable, adaptable, and effective. It won’t fix everything overnight, but it will help you figure out what to do next. Great for individual pastors, perfect for church leadership teams!

You Can Coach

Author : Joel Comiskey
ISBN : 9781935789048
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We've entitled this book "You Can Coach" because we believe that coaching is more about passing on what you've lived and holding others accountable in the process. Coaching doesn't require a higher degree, special talent, unique personality, or a particular spiritual gift. We believe, in fact, that God wants coaching to become a movement. We long to see the day in which every pastor has a coach and in turn is coaching someone else. In this book, you'll hear three coaches who have successfully coached pastors for many years. They will share their history, dreams, principles, and what God is doing through coaching. Our hope is that you'll be both inspired and resourced to continue your own coaching ministry in the years to come.

Building A Healthy Multi Ethnic Church

Author : Mark DeYmaz
ISBN : 9781506463407
Genre : Religion
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Through personal stories, proven experience, and a thorough analysis of the biblical text, Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church illustrates both the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church and the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most proven multi-ethnic churches in the country, writes from both his experience and his extensive study of how to plant, grow, and encourage more ethnically diverse churches. He argues that the "homogenous unit principle" will soon become irrelevant and that the most effective way to spread the gospel in an increasingly diverse world is through strong and vital multi-ethnic churches. Apart from ethnically and economically diverse relationships, we cannot understand others different from ourselves, develop trust for others who are different than us, and/or love others different than ourselves. Apart from understanding, trust, and love, we are less likely to get involved in the plight of others different than ourselves. Without involvement, nothing changes, and the disparaging consequences of systemic racism remain entrenched in our culture. Surely, it breaks the heart of God to see so many churches segregated ethnically or economically from one another, and that little has changed in the many years since it was first observed that eleven o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in the land.

Growing Healthy Asian American Churches

Author : Peter Cha
ISBN : 9780830875429
Genre : Religion
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The Asian American church is in transition. Congregations face the challenges of preserving ethnic culture and heritage while contextualizing their ministry to younger generations and the unchurched. Many Asian American church leaders struggle with issues like leadership development, community dynamics and intergenerational conflict. But often Asian American churches lack the resources and support they need to fulfill their callings. Peter Cha, Steve Kang and Helen Lee and a team of veteran Asian American pastors and church leaders offer eight key values for healthy Asian American churches. Drawing on years of expertise and filled with practical examples from landmark churches like Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, NewSong Church and Lighthouse Christian Church, the book provides soundly biblical perspectives for effective ministry that honors the Asian American cultural context. Insights from such pioneering leaders as Ken Fong, David Gibbons, Grace May, Wayne Ogimachi, Steve Wong, Nancy Sugikawa and Soong-Chan Rah make this an essential guide for Asian American church leaders wanting to help their congregations achieve health and growth. Produced in partnership with the Catalyst Leadership Center, a resource organization for Asian American church ministry.

Disciple Making Is

Author : Dave Earley
ISBN : 9781433677069
Genre : Religion
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In brief yet hard-hitting chapters, the entire scope of disciple making is presented here in a way that will inspire and inform you to obey the Great Commission with great passion. The authors share practical insights on how best to reproduce confident reproducers of Christ's message. --from back cover.

Healthy Church

Author : Craig Tackett
ISBN : 1952602262
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Is your church bringing vibrant life to the world? Are you? The church--it's not just an organization, and it's certainly not a building. It's more than a nonprofit, a community center, or a social gathering. Each of us who profess faith in Christ is the church, and the strength of the whole is dependent on the health of the individual parts. Before complaining about the problems of "the church," it's time for a thorough check-up on your own heart. Craig Tackett is currently serving as the lead pastor of NBC on Main in Nicholasville, Kentucky. For years in demand as both a speaker and worship leader, Craig traveled throughout the United States engaging people of all ages with the truths of God's Word. He is the founder and director of Inlightened Ministries and The EDGE Student and Leaders Conference. Sharing from nearly thirty years in ministry, Craig writes with hope and conviction on the health of the local church. In this practical and powerful book, you will discover how to: Start with Scripture as your foundation and guide. Navigate the challenges of living in community with other believers. Deal with sin issues--yours and others'--honestly and earnestly. Find answers for some difficult issues that can easily cause disunity in the church. Keep the focus of your life and your church on following Jesus and joyfully fulfilling His mission. At the end of each chapter, evaluation questions for yourself and your church, as well as application-focused action steps, will aid you or your small group in personalizing and growing from the principles you learn. Whether you are a veteran of vocational church ministry or a church member desiring to thrive in a biblically sound, Christ-centered church, Healthy Church will help you and your church community perform a spiritual self-diagnostic. Get ready to become a healthier church together!

Leadership From The Inside Out

Author : Kevin G. Harney
ISBN : 9780310571773
Genre : Religion
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You can serve God and his people for a lifetime and do it with passion and joy. You do not have to become another casualty in the growing number of leaders who have compromised their integrity, character, and ministry because they failed to lead an examined and accountable life. The road forward is clearly marked. Leaders must make a decision to humbly and consistently examine their inner lives and identify areas of needed change and growth. Also, wise leaders commit to listen to the voices of those who will love them enough to speak the truth and point out problems and potential pitfalls. Kevin Harney writes, “The vision of this book is to assist leaders as they discover the health, wisdom, and joy of living an examined life. It is also to give practical tools for self-examination.” Sharing stories and wisdom from his years in ministry, Harney shows you how to maintain the most powerful tool in your leadership toolbox: YOU. Your heart, so you can love well. Your mind, so you can continue to learn and grow. Your ears, your eyes, your mouth ... consider this your essential guide to conducting your own complete interior health exam, so you can spot and fix any problems, preserve the things that matter most, and grow as a source of vision, strength, and hope to others.

The Come Back Effect

Author : Jason Young
ISBN : 9781493414109
Genre : Religion
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The key to growth as a church, youth ministry, or a business is getting first-time guests to come back. And as any good manager of a hotel, a store, a restaurant, or an attraction knows, the key to getting guests to come back is not actually the rooms or the product or the food itself; it's how guests feel when they're there. It's about hospitality. No matter how much effort and time we spend on excellence--stirring worship time, inspiring sermons, a good coffee blend in the foyer--what our guests really want when they come to our churches is to feel welcome, comfortable, and understood. Written by a church consultant and a hospitality expert, The Come Back Effect shows church, ministry, and even business leaders the secret to helping a first-time guest return again and again. Through an engaging, story-driven approach, they explain how service and hospitality are two different things, show how Jesus practiced hospitality, and invite leaders to develop and implement changes that lead to repeat visits and, eventually, to sustained growth.

The Ten Most Influential Churches Of The Past Century

Author : Elmer Towns
ISBN : 9780768405422
Genre : Religion
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Your Church Can Influence the World History has shown that great leaders have the ability to reach beyond the walls of their churches to influence cultures for Christ. We’ve seen it in the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, in the explosive growth of house churches in Communist China, in the expansion of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in the worldwide rise of praise and worship music led by Hillsong Church, among other phenomena. In The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century, Dr. Elmer Towns presents evidence of the powerful influence of these churches and how their innovative strategies and faith accomplish these goals. Then he tells how you can apply these principles to your church. You will learn how some of the most influential leaders in Church history became conduits for your future ministry and how your church can experience exponential growth. Most importantly, you will see that the great results in these ten churches grow out of the power of the Word of God, the ministry of many dedicated lay workers, the faith-producing ministry of great leaders—all under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Encyclopedia Of Christian Education

Author : George Thomas Kurian
ISBN : 9780810884939
Genre : Religion
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This reference work tells the unique history of Christian education and shows how Christian educators pioneered such institutions and reforms as universal literacy, home schooling, Sunday schools, women's education, graded schools, compulsory education of the deaf and blind, and kindergarten.

The 2008 Report Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project Phase Ii

Author : Timothy Tseng
ISBN : 9780578012483
Genre : Religion
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The 2008 report of the San Francisco Bay Area Chinese churches project, edited by James Chuck and Timothy Tseng. Contains updated profiles of Chinese congregations in the Bay Area and essays by Dean Adachi, Ken Carlson, Johnson Chiu, Virstan Choy, James Chuck, Russell Jeung, Ricky Manalo, Donald Ng, Victor Quan, Steve Quen, Chloe Sun, and Timothy Tseng, and Russell Yee.

Small Groups With Purpose

Author : Steve Gladen
ISBN : 1441232133
Genre : Religion
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Over the past fifteen years, small groups have become a vital way to build community in large churches. Nowhere has this been more apparent than at Saddleback Church. Now Steve Gladen, pastor of small groups at Saddleback, shares the secrets of that ministry's incredible success in creating small groups with purpose. This practical book walks church leaders through the questions they need to answer to develop their own intentional small group strategy. Built around the most commonly asked questions, Small Groups with Purpose outlines the step-by-step process of creating a successful small group ministry. Because it is built upon principles and not methods, this plan can be implemented in any size church. Each chapter ends with a list of questions for readers to answer to help them assess their current situation and their desires for the future. Personal stories, Scripture, and examples ground the discussion and show the system in action. Pastors and small group leaders will find this book instrumental in making small groups work in their churches.

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