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CHRISTLY GESTURES

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The church is not only the central place of Christian worship but also a place of faith-filled education. Christly Gestures reframes the very meaning of religious education, exploring what the form and content of Christian learning would look like if local churches truly saw themselves as the body of Christ. Author Brett Webb-Mitchell begins with the writings of Paul, using them to clarify the biblical image of Christ's body as the community of believers. Taking this powerful analogy to heart, he suggests that Christian education must not only nurture the minds and spiritual lives of church members but also educate their bodies into the "Christly gestures" - performing acts of faith that imitate Jesus and embody the gospel in daily life. In the quest for a richer, more relevant understanding of Christian education, Webb-Mitchell provides meaningful answers to questions concerning the purpose, context, ways, and means of educating Christians today.
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February 1, 2003

Christs Call to Reform the Church Timeless Demands from the Lord to His People

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What does the church need to hear today?

As many have said, the church must always be reforming. It must continually move closer to a truer, more faithful expression of the gospel. The risen Christ's powerful letters to the seven churches in Revelation are a guide to just that.

Based on John MacArthur's exposition of these letters, Christ's Call to Reform the Church is a plea to the modern church to heed these divine warnings, to reform before it succumbs to the kinds of compromise and error that invite God's judgment.

Christ's Call to Reform the Church admonishes the church today to learn from the mistakes God's people have made in the past, rather than commit them again. The Word of God has many benefits, one of which is that it reveals our blind spots. That's what this book does--it shines a light on problems we didn't know we had. May it be embraced by Christians everywhere, spurring them toward the God-honoring, grace-driven work of continued reformation.

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October 9, 2018

Church

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How can Christians effectively engage today's world while staying true to Scripture? Calling us to listen well to both the Word and the world, John Stott shows how Christianity can preserve its authentic identity and remain relevant to current realities. With the God's Word for Today series, pastor Tim Chester has updated Stott's classic book The Contemporary Christian and made it accessible to new generations of readers. In The Church, Stott presents a biblical portrait of the church as a covenant community at the center of God's purposes. Keeping in view both the ideal of what God intends and how we fall short, Stott considers how the church can be sensitive to current needs and societal issues, mobilize people for mission, seek holistic renewal, and promote healthy leadership. Each chapter includes stories, practical suggestions, and questions for reflection or discussion. People are hungry for transcendence, significance, and community. This is the great challenge and opportunity facing the church--will we cooperate with the Spirit so that others can find what they seek in Christ and his people?
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August 27, 2019

CHURCH & DISABILITY THE WEBLOG DISABLED CHRISTIANITY

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Jeff McNair, Ph.D. gleans particularly relevant offerings from his weblog, disabled Christianity and provides them in book form. Specifically, entries address issues of attitudes towards people with disabilities, the church, ministry, understanding people with disabilities and special education. The reader will be challenged and perhaps angered by this book. People with disabilities and their families will be shown the church as it should be and might be. Leaders will be encouraged to open the church to those with disabilities. It is McNair's position that the church is God's answer for supporting, integrating and loving people with disabilities and their families if it will only embrace all that it was meant to be.
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March 3, 2010

Church Awakening an Urgent Call for Renewal

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In THE CHURCH AWAKENING, Charles Swindoll discusses the challenges, struggles, and priorities of the church in the twenty-first century. He reveals the problems inherent in the entertainment-based postmodern church and shows how a return to biblical teaching will restore its strength and impact. Now being replaced by a feel-good message instead of what Christians need to know to stand strong in a world that's lost its way--Swindoll exposes the problems of--and solutions for--the postmodern evangelical church. Just as he opened readers' eyes with his bold statements in The Grace Awakening, now he offers a straightforward volume revealing how to reestablish a life-altering church with Christ as Lord and Master. Illuminating and empowering, THE CHURCH AWAKENING will ignite a revolution in the way Christians "do church" for years to come.
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September 8, 2010

CHURCH GT FINANCIAL REPORTING

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January 1, 1900

Church Guide for Making Decisions Together

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Recent political events in the USA indicate that ordinary people are weary of traditional politics and ways of doing business in the halls of power. A similar mood is present in churches around the world. Ordinary church members are tired of the fighting and politicking that seem to privilege the same people all the time. They want a new way of making decisions in their churches and in their representative meetings. This book shows them how such a hope can be realized.

Robert's Rules of Order, or the traditional parliamentary style of decision-making used in many churches, can work for simple decisions that are aggregated and passed by consent. For complex and divisive issues, churches need a decision process that does not result in a combative, winner-take-all approach to church life. A healthy church also tries to involve commitment from a wide range of stakeholders rather than privilege a few well-informed and capable speakers. A vital and healthy congregation yearns for a more collaborative, respectful, encouraging, engaging, and empowering process.

This book on discernment in the church provides a step-by-step guide on how to create a new way of working together. Drawing on tried and tested processes, it advocates for a consensus building approach and showing people how it can work in their setting (local church or judicatory meetings). Readers will learn how to design a consensus building business process for their church meeting while still respecting the denominational and legal requirements under which they must operate.

This book is for leaders, members of church boards and committees, and church members who know that there is something wrong with the present system but don't know what to do about it. This guidebook is hopeful, inspiring, and practical.


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May 2, 2017

CHURCH LEADERSHIP VISION TEAM CULTURE

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Much has changed since the first edition of Lovett Weems's seminal work Church Leadership appeared in 1993. In that time a substantial literature about leading the congregation has appeared, written from a broad variety of perspectives. But in some ways, little has changed in that time. The need for leadership in the church--defined as discovering the faithful future into which God is calling the congregation, and walking with the congregation into that future--is just as pressing as it ever was. And for that reason, the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is just as great as it ever was.

In this revised edition, Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find Church Leadership the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader.
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February 1, 2010

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

CHURCH PLANTER OP!

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Much of what is written about church planting aims at methodology and strategy for facing such challenges, but specific strategies do not apply to every context. What lies deeper, at the heart ofevery church plant?

The most critical human component of every church plant is the planter.

Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, looks at what Scripture teaches about this man's character, his teaching, and the aim of his church. Offering guidance and wisdom from years of experience, Patrick reminds us that ultimately no church will succeed apart from a man with a message who leads a church on a mission.

This book is for every Christian leader.

Church Planter is an essential resource for those considering planting a church or already in such a plant, and maybe even more important for those leading an established church. It has wide-ranging application for elders and leadership teams seeking to better understand how the gospel must take root in their church. Avoiding an over-emphasis on particular models or methods, Patrick lays out biblical principles and sound wisdom as he urges the church to return to biblical criteria for determining the man, the message, and the mission God uses to build his church.

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August 12, 2010

Church Planting in the Secular West Learning from the European Experience

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An expert study of church planting in the most secular part of contemporary Europe

In this book Stefan Paas offers thoughtful analysis of reasons and motives for missionary church planting in Europe, and he explores successful and unsuccessful strategies in that post-Christian secularized context.

Drawing in part on his own involvement with planting two churches in the Netherlands, Paas explores confessional motives, growth motives, and innovation motives for church planting in Europe, tracing them back to different traditions and reflecting on them from theological and empirical perspectives. He presents examples from the European context and offers sound advice for improving existing missional practices. Paas also draws out lessons for North America in a chapter coauthored with Darrell Guder and John Franke. Finally, Paas weaves together the various threads in the book with a theological defense of church planting.

Presenting new research as it does, this critical missiological perspective will add significantly to a fuller understanding of church planting in our contemporary context.

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November 3, 2016

CHURCH YOUVE ALWAYS WANTED

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Safe pasture. It sounds so inviting--and it is, for ordinary Christians and church leaders alike. If you're a pastor, safe pasture is what your sheep long for more than anything. And if you're a Christian whose church involvements and experiences have left you feeling curiously empty, you know how gladly you'd trade it all for a place where the grass really is greener ...where relationships with fellow believers are deep and restorative ...where worship flows not from techniques, but from hearts communing with God ...where the gospel's promises aren't carrots on a stick, but experienced realities ...where Jesus, the Great Shepherd, shows up in transformative ways that the corporation-CEO approach to church just can't produce. Sound too good to hope for? Glenn Wagner has wonderful news: Safe pasture isn't just your desire--it's God's. It is, and has always been, his vision for the church. Somewhere in our obsession with the big and impressive, with results-driven infrastructures and top-to-bottom ministries, we seem to have lost sight of this. But God wants to help us reclaim the kind of church where sheep aren't merely produced, but thrive in every way. effectively--you've already been there and done that. Rather, this profound book will reorient your whole concept of church: the things that really matter and the things that really build hearts and lives. In part one, you'll go in search of safe pasture and examine what church really is. In part two, you'll take a long look at what happens in safe pasture, where people exhausted by the religious fast lane find rest, where grace and growth replace sin-management, and where God's presence energizes true, rich Christian community. In part three, you'll gain insights for the central, burning question: How can we create safe pasture? Filled with true-life illustrations and ringing with passion, this book is destined to become a spiritual polestar for pastors, leaders, and everyone with a heart for God's church. Cutting through conventional wisdom and traditional assumptions, it points the way home to the church all of us so deeply desire.
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June 1, 2002