Church Planting & Growth

 

Church Planting & Growth

Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches

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Leaders who are interested in planting or revitalizing congregations often feel discouraged and defeated after leadership conferences, or after reading about the 'heroes' of church planting and church growth. "They are amazing," they say. "I can't be that amazing."

But Jesus' load is easy and his burden is light. When we examine the practices and characteristics of those 'heroes', we see striking trends and commonalities. Aspiring church leaders can learn the practices and develop the characteristics that will lead to successful churches. Instead of feeling defeated, new leaders should have a hope-filled sense of what new thing they can do.

Authors Matt Miofsky and Jason Byasse carefully researched, interviewed, and profiled successful church-growers across the U.S., and identified 8 characteristics these leaders and their congregations have in common. These pastors are still learning, still figuring out how to do this work and how to faithfully live into God's call. But for now, how are they doing what they do? What mistakes have they made & learned from? Where have they paid the stupid tax that others should avoid? Each of these 'heroes' is painfully ordinary and up front about their flaws. And each can see slightly farther than the rest of us. What do they see that we can learn from?

Discover the 8 characteristics, and learn how to adapt them for your own congregation and calling:

  1. Believe in miracles and act accordingly
  2. Integrate new people quickly
  3. Love the local
  4. Exist to reach the next person
  5. Elevate the practice of giving
  6. Work in teams
  7. Preach effectively to skeptics
  8. Make friends with the denomination


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FIELD GT US CONGREGATIONS

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In 2001 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) conducted the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. More than 1.2 million worshipers and 12,000 congregations across three continents were surveyed to provide a portrait of congregational life. The findings were published in the first edition of A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations.

With the completion of the 2008 survey comes an expanded edition of this invaluable reference with new findings; updated statistics, tables, and cartoons; a new chapter describing changes in congregational life; and chapter summaries focusing on the implications of the 2008 survey.

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Forgotten Church Why Rural Ministry Matters for Every Church in America

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Whether it's because of the 2016 Presidential election or books like "Hillbilly Elegy," Americans are beginning to understand the tremendous influence people in rural areas have in our nation. But rural America--not urban America--is also the new center of poverty. Thus, the rural church stands at the crossroads of strength and struggle. It carries the gospel, the very hope and power needed. Yet its ministry efforts are hamstrung because urban and suburban churches often don't realize their need for rural churches, and the rural church itself rarely understands its unique assets and values. The Forgotten Church addresses these problems and:

  • provides an overview of rural ministry
  • explores opportunities recent trends provide
  • showcases the remarkable benefits of suburban, urban, and rural churches working together
  • This book is essential for any pastor--whether from the city or the sticks--because we are one body and we need each other.

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    HT MULTIPLY YOUR CHURCH

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    Churches in North America are bigger than ever, but their slow rate of growth cannot keep up with population increases. Existing churches simply cannot add enough new believers! The good news is that by multiplying, steadily and strategically planting new churches that, in turn, plant new churches, the global Church creates more of what Ralph Moore calls harvest points. In "How to Multiply Your Church, " Pastor Moore shows church leaders and pastors why multiplication is the key to growing God's global kingdom in their communities, and he offers them proven methods for implementing multiplication in their existing churches. Countless leaders have found an indispensable resource in starting a new church because of Pastor Moore's vast firsthand experience and practical wisdom. "How to Multiply Your Church" is the next leap forward for those who long to see God's kingdom increase.
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    August 1, 2009

    INDIGENOUS CHURCH PLANTING

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    January 1, 1970

    INSIDE THE SOUL OF A NEW GENERATION

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    Two pastors of churches with ministries to Generation Xers give insights and practical advice about reaching this mysterious generation.
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    May 14, 1996

    Jesus Model Planting Churches the Jesus Way

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    The JESUS Model is a unique guide to church planting based upon the ways and teachings of Jesus. It is written for those who want both a biblical foundation and practical help in starting new churches. The JESUS Model is also a training manual for disciples at four levels: discipling, coaching, leading a ministry area and leading a church plant. The author's radical vision is for this sort of training to be a constantly self-replicating cycle in churches. Each member is discipling and being discipled to be most effective, according to his or her gifts, in the church's task of multiplication by planting new churches. The goal of all training is 'doing' - disciples demonstrate that they have learnt by 'putting it into practice'. Dietrich shows that this kind of discipleship is the fruit of a real and intimate relationship with Jesus, and that a trusting, mutually accountable small group helps us to maintain that relationship. He also shares from his own life how he has practised the principles that he encourages others to follow. Dietrich Schindler holds a DMin from Fuller Seminary in the USA. Born and raised in the US by German immigrant parents, he subsequently returned to Germany, where he has since planted and pastored five new churches. Since 2008 he heads up the Church Planting department of the Evangelical Free Church of Germany. He has taught church planting at four seminaries in Germany, and has been invited to speak about church planting at conferences in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. This book first appeared in German in 2010 under the title Das Jesus-Modell: Gemenden gründen wie Jesus. Dietrich is married to Jan Carla and they have three grown-up children.
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    April 11, 2013

    MAKE ROOM TO GROW

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    Foresters tell us that some trees need to die in order to free needed nutrients and space to grow for the other trees around them. Yet cutting down these trees risks damage to their neighbors. So the foresters will "ring" the unwanted trees, cutting one or two rings deep into the tree's base, causing them to die slowly, freeing resources for the other trees without endangering them.

    In the same way discerning congregational leaders will identify programs and structures that need to go away, in order to free resources for other, more important ministries. yet rather than take a chainsaw to the outmoded programs (angering people and endangering the ministries that matter), these leaders understand how to gradually shift focus away from them.

    Do you want to become such a leader? Do you want to know how to bring about significant change without instituting a "slash and burn" policy? Then this book is for you!

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    Multiplying Churches Exploring Gods Mission Strategy

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    For many church leaders, struggling to cope with internal problems, church planting does not even appear on the agenda of things to be considered. But - how do we reach this lost generation in which we have been placed? Multiplying Churches, written from Acts 29's years of experience, unpacks how church plants can be used not only to reach people with the Gospel, but to encourage an entire church family to be actively involved in doing so. This serves as a timely reminder that mission needs to be our identity rather than our event.

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    Multiplying Churches Exploring Gods Mission Strategy

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    For many church leaders, struggling to cope with internal problems, church planting does not even appear on the agenda of things to be considered. But - how do we reach this lost generation in which we have been placed? Multiplying Churches, written from Acts 29's years of experience, unpacks how church plants can be used not only to reach people with the Gospel, but to encourage an entire church family to be actively involved in doing so. This serves as a timely reminder that mission needs to be our identity rather than our event.

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    NETWORKING THE KINGDOM

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    Reclaim former churchgoers in an easy, natural, productive way. O.J. Bryson fleshes out the how in Networking the Kingdom, a dynamic approach to church growth. Bryson's strategy systematically penetrates a community by utilizing its greatest asset--its people
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    NEW CONTEXT FOR MINISTRY

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    With the attention to appropriate and telling details for which he is famous, Lyle Schaller begins this book by pointing out an overlapping set of changes that have taken place in American society and American churches in recent years. First, to the traditional economic activities of gathering commodities and producing and selling goods and services, the economy has added the production and distribution of knowledge and the creation and sale of experiences. Second has been the rise of consumerism: an increase in the power of consumers at the expense of producers of goods and services. Third is the extraordinary number of individuals in North American society with considerable amounts of discretionary income.

    What does this mean to you and your church? Simply this, says Schaller: old patterns of fund-raising and old assumptions about stewardship will no longer work. Charitable giving today is based on a complex set of factors, including the growing opinion that it is the giver--rather than the receiving institution--that should have full and final control of how the gift is appropriated. In this informative guide to fund-raising in the new economy, Schaller helps the reader navigate through the difficulties and opportunities for churches in this new age of charitable giving.

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    June 1, 2002