How to Break Growth Barriers

How to Break Growth Barriers Author Carl F. George
ISBN-10 9781493406562
Release 2017-04-04
Pages 256
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Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance--many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue. How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth. The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a "harvest" vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.



Predictable Success

Predictable Success Author Les McKeown
ISBN-10 9781608320318
Release 2010-06-01
Pages 200
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Presents advice on ways to inspire confidence in management and achieve lasting success in an organization.



The Unstuck Church

The Unstuck Church Author Tony Morgan
ISBN-10 9780718094478
Release 2017-05-16
Pages 224
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Acclaimed church leader, blogger, founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan unpacks the lifecycle of a typical church, identifies characteristics of each phase, and provides practical next steps a church can take to move towards sustained health. Think about your church for a moment. Is it growing? Is it diminishing? Is it somewhere in between? Acclaimed church leader, blogger, and founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan has identified the seven stages of a church's lifecycle that range from the hopeful and optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support. Regardless of the stage in which you find your church, it carries with it the world's greatest mission—to "go and make disciples of all the nations . . ." With eternity at stake the Church should be doing most everything within its power to see lives changed forever. The Church should strive for the pinnacle of the lifecycle, where they are continually making new disciples and experiencing what Morgan refers to as "sustained health." In The Unstuck Church, Morgan unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps the church leader can take to find it's way to sustained health . . . and finally become unstuck. The Unstuck Church is a call for honest an assessment of where your church sits on the lifecycle, and a challenge to move beyond it.



When Your Church Feels Stuck

When Your Church Feels Stuck Author Chris Sonksen
ISBN-10 9781493407804
Release 2017-06-06
Pages 192
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Every pastor wants their church to grow, but the reality is that most churches are stagnant or shrinking, leaving most pastors frustrated, weary, and discouraged. They continue to search for answers at conferences, in books, and on websites, but they don't find them. They don't realize that the answers that can actually make a difference in their ministry are the ones they need to give themselves. When Your Church Feels Stuck poses seven unavoidable questions church leaders must answer before they can chart the unique path to growth for their church. These challenging questions address the key subjects of mission, strategy, values, metrics, team alignment, culture, and services, and the way pastors answers these questions will help them discover the real reasons their churches are stuck--and what steps to take to facilitate real growth.



One Size Doesn t Fit All

One Size Doesn t Fit All Author Gary L. McIntosh
ISBN-10 9780800756994
Release 1999-08-01
Pages 176
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Different churches grow in different ways. This book will help you figure out your church's orientation and show the way to healthy growth.



Growing Young

Growing Young Author Kara Powell
ISBN-10 9781493405824
Release 2016-09-20
Pages 336
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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 the whole church. Visit www.churchesgrowingyoung.org for more information.



Prepare Your Church for the Future

Prepare Your Church for the Future Author Carl F. George
ISBN-10 0800753658
Release 1991-07-01
Pages 240
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By analyzing the present-day church and examining societal trends, Carl George presents a model that can mobilize your church for outreach.



Teams That Thrive

Teams That Thrive Author Ryan T. Hartwig
ISBN-10 9780830897575
Release 2015-04-10
Pages 276
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2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared—for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader. Many churches have begun to share key leadership duties, but don t know how to take their leadership team to the point where it thrives. Others seriously need a new approach to leadership: pastors are tired, congregations are stuck, and meanwhile the work never lets up. But what does it actually mean to do leadership well as a team? How can it be done in a way that avoids frustration and burnout? How does team leadership best equip the staff and bless a congregation? What do the top church teams do to actually thrive together? Researchers and practitioners Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird have discovered churches of various sizes and traditions throughout the United States who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. Using actual church examples, they present their discoveries here, culminating in five disciplines that, if implemented, can enable your team to thrive. The result? A coaching tool for senior leadership teams that enables struggling teams to thrive, and resources teams doing well to do their work even better.



Synergy

Synergy Author Ann A. Michel
ISBN-10 9781501832567
Release 2017-02-27
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The people are the church—not just the pastor. Yet, in many congregations there is a heavy imbalance in the ownership of ministry. Clergy and paid staff are seen as God’s agents in the world, and congregants as occasional participants. Sometimes, clergy and other leaders perpetuate this imbalance. Ann Michel presents a more inclusive, collaborative understanding of ministry, which affirms the gifts and calling of both clergy and lay servants. She uses the concept of “synergy” as a theological framework undergirding this approach. Michel lays out an inclusive and collaborative paradigm of ministry affirming the work of both lay and clergy servants. Synergy also provides practical advice on the day-to-day skills of synergistic or collaborative ministry – how to engage others in ministry, how to build teams, how to manage meetings, how to develop others as leaders, etc. The book helps church workers, paid and unpaid, understand how their ministry relates to the mission of God and the ministry of the church, and provides practical guidance on the interpersonal ministry skills essential to any expression of collaborative ministry. "Synergy is both a practical and deeply spiritual resource that helps provide a more collaborative way of thinking about ministry shared between clergy and laity. Ann has captured the challenges that can present themselves as laity serve in ministry not only from her research but also from her personal experience as a lay person and respected Seminary theologian, and she offers practical ways to equip laity to fully live in this call of lay servants and lay staff members. As a lay person who has served on a church staff for more than 23 years, understanding this synergistic energy articulated so well in Ann’s writing has reignited my passion and affirmed my call." - Debi Williams Nixon, Managing Executive Director, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection



Secrets of a Secret Shopper

Secrets of a Secret Shopper Author Greg Atkinson
ISBN-10 0997886137
Release 2016-12-21
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Secrets of a Secret Shopper has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Secrets of a Secret Shopper also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Secrets of a Secret Shopper book for free.



The Disciple Maker s Handbook

The Disciple Maker s Handbook Author Bobby William Harrington
ISBN-10 9780310525288
Release 2017-02-07
Pages 160
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Many people believe that discipleship is important, but they need help. In fact, the vast majority of Christians report that they have never been personally discipled by a more mature follower of Jesus. Is it any wonder that they have a difficult time knowing how to disciple others? If making disciples of Jesus is the greatest cause on earth, how should we equip people to do it? This handbook is a practical guide for how to embrace the discipleship lifestyle – being a disciple of Jesus and how to make other disciples of Jesus. With contributions from pastors and teachers like Francis Chan, Jeff Vanderstelt, Bill Hull, Jim Putman, KP Yohannan, and Robert Coleman, the authors present seven elements that are necessary for disciple making to occur: Jesus—the original disciple maker and centerpiece of discipleship. Holy Spirit—fuels the disciple-making process. Intentionality—making disciples utilizing a strategy and a roadmap. Relationships—creating a loving, genuine connection with others who trust and follow Jesus. Bible—using the Word of God as the manual for making disciples. Journey—forging a traceable growth story from a new birth to spiritual parenthood. Multiply—reproducing the discipleship process so that the disciple becomes a disciple maker. Whether you are a parent who wants to disciple your children, a small group leader who wants to disciple those in your group, or a church leader who wants to disciple future leaders, the seven key elements in this handbook form a framework for understanding discipleship that can be applied in countless situations. In addition, there are questions provided in each section to help you think through how to apply the material to your disciple making efforts.



Disruption

Disruption Author Mark DeYmaz
ISBN-10 9780718089221
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 224
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Well-meaning church leaders and planters often set out to radically transform their communities for Christ-kingdom causes. Their aspirations and visions are limitless. However, often the best-laid plans fail to yield results of any consequence—they become frustrated, and pull the plug leaving behind the remnants of all their best intentions. Does it have to be this way? Is it possible for a local church to become so influential in its community that it becomes a life-giving agent for believers and non-believers? A resource that becomes the catalyst whereby abandoned buildings are repurposed, small businesses attracted, jobs created, crime reduced, justice progressed, health improved, and ultimately, the kingdom of God advanced in such a way that it impacts the every corner of the community? In Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community, Dr. Mark DeYmaz explains why such an outlook it not only possible but essential for the church to gain credibility and relevance in the community it seeks to influence. Genuine transformation never occurs through maintaining the status quo. A Disruption is often the missing ingredient that moves the church from ineffective to radically transformative.



The Renegade Pastor

The Renegade Pastor Author Nelson Searcy
ISBN-10 9780830767236
Release 2013-09-03
Pages 160
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Break out of the trap of average and pursue God’s best for your ministry. The average church in America is declining by 9% every year, behind on budget and unable to move forward with the kingdom plans God has in store. The average pastor is stressed out and struggling to maintain healthy relationships and life balance. But while the cycle of average is strong, there is a way to overcome its pull and step into a life of impact and excellence. Drawing from Nelson Searcy’s decades of ministry experience, The Renegade Pastor is a relevant, step-by-step resource for church leaders who are ready to break out of the trap of average and step up in surrender to the pursuit of God’s best for his or her life and work. Addresses issues of personal and professional growth including: Managing Stress Controlling Emotions Dealing with Criticism Setting Godly Goals Planning with Purpose Establishing Healthy Friendships Developing Strong Church Systems Personally Honoring the Sabbath Becoming a Better Spouse and Parent



Developing Facilitation Skills a handbook for group facilitators 3rd ed

Developing Facilitation Skills  a handbook for group facilitators  3rd ed Author
ISBN-10 9781905485673
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Developing Facilitation Skills a handbook for group facilitators 3rd ed has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Developing Facilitation Skills a handbook for group facilitators 3rd ed also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Developing Facilitation Skills a handbook for group facilitators 3rd ed book for free.



Sticky Leaders

Sticky Leaders Author Larry Osborne
ISBN-10 0310529484
Release 2016-08-16
Pages 176
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In Sticky Leader, Larry Osborne, an innovative leader in pastoral ministry, reveals the hidden secret behind serial innovation and shows leaders how to navigate the landmines of leading through change in ways that will provide new levels of stability and creativity to any organization.



Vital Merger A New Church Start Approach That Joins Church Families Together

Vital Merger  A New Church Start Approach That Joins Church Families Together Author Dirk Elliott
ISBN-10 0974675997
Release 2013-04-01
Pages 176
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Do you feel restless about your church's ministry and wonder whether joining with another church (or churches) could increase your missional impact on the community? If so, you may want to learn more about Vital Mergers. As blended families face big decisions and challenges, so do churches seeking to merge. Dirk Elliott has helped numerous churches successfully navigate this process and can help you do the same.



Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out

Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out Author Alvin Reid
ISBN-10 1433643901
Release 2017-04-01
Pages 96
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Sharing Jesus doesn t require years of training, only connecting your story with the gospel story, and sharing it in normal conversations."