Church Planting & Growth

 

Church Planting & Growth

SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHURCH GROWTH

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SPONTANEOUS EXPANSION OF THE CHURCH

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In all his writings, Allen's overriding concern was to show that missionary method, far from being a secondary or indifferent matter, is a matter of supreme importance.
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May 1, 1997

Technicolor Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry

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By the year 2050, the United States will no longer have a majority ethnic group.

The nation's population will be majority-minority. This future nationwide reality has already been a present reality in several cities, including many in the urban south, for nearly a decade. In a 2011 State of the City Address, the mayor of pastor and author Mark Hearn's city said there were fifty-seven languages spoken at the local high school.

Hearn left asking himself, How should our church respond?

In the years that have followed, a phenomenal transformation has taken place. This transition has been chronicled in the Gwinnet Daily Post, the Christian Index, the Wall Street Journal, LifeWay's Facts and Trends, and the Atlanta Magazine. Now, Hearn shares the life-changing story through his own lens. By reading his firsthand experience of this transition as a pastor, you too can be equipped to make the shift to church in technicolor.

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June 1, 2017

Thirty Eight Church Revitalization Models for the Twenty First Century

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While some church revitalizers see church revitalization models as mere fable, others see the validity of having examples and samples to study in the effort to get a glimpse of what God might be saying about how to bring church renewal to their present work! Regardless of the debate regarding myths for models or strategies for the revitalization churches, there appears to be at least six areas and thirty eight strategies that a church seeking renewal could consider.
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September 2, 2014

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

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Presents the story of Christianity in Asia, Africa and South America.
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July 1, 2007

Transform Your Church with Ministry Teams

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The concept of "ministry teams" is rapidly taking hold in churches, but just what are they and how do they work? "Transform Your Church with Ministry Teams" outlines what effective ministry teams look like, describes what they can offer local congregations, and gives concrete step-by-step suggestions for making them happen.The power of ministry teams lies in their unique capacity to generate genuine Christian fellowship, nurture disciples, develop leaders, and mobilize people for ministry. While traditional church leadership organizations concentrate almost exclusively on task, policy, and program, ministry teams are designed to enhance faith development and, thus, ministry effectiveness.E. Stanley Ott explores three main areas of ministry-team development. First, he explains the philosophy behind ministry teams and discusses the issues involved in shifting from committee-based to team-based ministry. Second, he tells how to begin ministry teams, including how to identify team leaders and members and how to determine their roles. Third, he looks at the details of ministry-team life, including ways to build team fellowship, foster discipleship and communication within teams, and accomplish specific ministry tasks.Filled with wise, time-tested advice, including four how-to appendixes, this book will help pastors and lay leaders transform the life of their church or Christian organization.
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September 1, 2004

TRANSFORMING CHURCH

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In a world where the Church is faced with declining attendances, financial constraints and a shortage of clergy, is it possible to release a new vitality and energy? According to Robin Greenwood, if, as a Church, we can let go of the idea that we are marginalized, we can become much more confident, boldly discovering diverse and holistic ways of re-imaging the Church. When faced with diminishing congregations, instead of looking for someone to blame we can ask: 'What is there which is hopeful and fully alive, speaking of the liberating power of God? What can we offer to people and society who are searching for meaning in daily work and relation-ships? There exists within the Church a damaging split between clergy and laity, with laity being seen as somehow inferior. What is needed is to recapture the original concept of laity as being 'all God's people' or the royal priesthood of all believers. In this book, Robin Greenwood argues that in the Local Ministry movement every Christian person has a gift to offer. Everyone in their particular charism, and integrated with everyone else, is set free to do what is necessary for the Church to be Church. The Local Ministry movement gives a freedom to explore the many connections between faith and life, emphasizing how to have a sense of well-being, celebration, hope and enjoyment. It is in working together in a collaborative ministry that it is possible to halt the decline and renew the Church.
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February 15, 2002

TWELVE KEYS TO AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH

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Tested with thousands of users, this in-depth study guide discusses new and useful ways to interpret and work through Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. It also discusses the key principles outlined in Twelve Keys and their biblical connections.

TIMING: Purchase one book for each member of your planning group
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August 21, 1997

Biblical Church Growth

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Every pastor wants to have a vibrant, dynamic church. There are many popular models for church growth based on outstanding churches led by outstanding pastors. But unfortunately, specific models are temporary and go out of style quickly. Author Gary McIntosh explores the biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today's culture. Instead of concentrating on the ephemeral how of church growth, he focuses on the unchanging why.
McIntosh defines church growth as "all that is involved in bringing men and women who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ into fellowship with him and into responsible church membership." In other words, church growth is effective evangelism, not a methodology for increasing membership. According to Biblical Church Growth, growing churches always evidence a desire to fulfill the Great Commission by cooperating with God in building a faithful church.
Using personal stories and current statistics as well as numerous biblical examples, the author sets forth ten basic principles that provide an eternal foundation for helping any church-large or small-achieve lasting vitality and growth.
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May 1, 2003

Church Multiplication Guide Revised

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This book is very practical in addressing the areas of church multiplication and reproduction from ten points of view in response to Jesus’ command. "As our teams apply the Biblical principles explained in these pages we see fruit: disciples are made, churches are born and multiply." - Kevin Sutter, Church Planting Coach, Youth With A Mission
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June 21, 2013

Comeback Churches

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Research shows that over time, most churches plateau and then eventually decline. Typically, they start strong and experience periods of growth, then stagnate and lose members. Since 1991, the North American population has increased by 15 percent while the number of "unchurched" people has increased by 92 percent. Large church houses that were filled in the 1950s and `60s now hold a fraction of their capacity.

To counter this trend, authors Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson surveyed 300 churches from across ten different denominations that recently achieved healthy evangelistic growth after a significant season of decline. What they have discovered is an exciting method of congregation reinvigoration that is shared in the new book entitled Comeback Churches.

Endorsements

"As a successful pastor, church planter, researcher, and advisor to thousands of churches, Ed Stetzer speaks from a wealth of experience with all kinds of churches. Now, in one volume, your church can benefit from his wisdom. This book is a winner!"
--Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and The Purpose-Driven Church

"First and foremost, it is biblical. Second, it is well researched. And third, it is immensely practical and applicable . . . this book should be in the hands of hundreds of thousands of pastors, staff, and church leaders. Simply stated, it is just that good." --Thom S. Rainer, author of Simple Church, president/CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

"Finally, a book of practical advice that is based on research. I have seen it both ways-- endless research with little advice, or, much advice with little facts. This book strikes the balance with perfection." --Elmer Towns, Dean of Liberty University

"This is the most helpful, practical book on church revitalization I've read this century." --Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University

"Comeback Churches is more than a pep talk. It's rooted in the 'right stuff' to bring a congregation out of the dismal into the vital." --Jack W. Hayford, President, International Foursquare Churches, Chancellor, The King's College and Seminary

"No one, to my knowledge, has done the hard research, presented the facts, and offered such sound advice as Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson... Comeback Churches is the number-one book on turning around declining and plateauing church ministry. --Gary L. McIntosh, D.Min., Ph.D., Biola University

"A refreshing book by authors who know how to make research exciting and instructional. Leaders and members of non-growing evangelical churches should read this book (it wouldn't hurt mainliners either)!" --Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates

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May 1, 2007

Nuts & Bolts of Church Planting a Guide for Starting Any Kind of Church

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Most books on church planting offer a model for churches to replicate--usually one that is tied to a particular style, generation, or demographic. But what churches really need is a process that is flexible, not bound to a particular time or current fad. In The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting, trusted author and church-planting expert Aubrey Malphurs shares the basic steps any church planter will need, regardless of his or her generation now or in the future. These steps include

establishing values, mission, vision, and strategy
reaching the community
making disciples
recruiting a team
determining location and facilities
raising money for the ministry

With instant practical takeaway based on proven techniques, this book will be invaluable to any church planter.

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February 1, 2011