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CHURCH GT FINANCIAL REPORTING

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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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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 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 STAFF HNBK HT BUILD AN EFFECTIVE

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This helpful resource provides a blueprint for developing a spiritually strong and effective ministry team in the local church. Westing covers issues of team leadership, staff development, role expectations, goal setting, and hiring procedures. Also included are team projects for more in-depth development. Church leaders will look to this book for guidance both when starting a new church and for each subsequent hire in the life of the church. Pastors will find this resource useful as a regular reference to "tune up" their staff to foster a healthy, unified, effective team.
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July 12, 2012

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

CHURCHES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Churches over the past generations have been weakened by a failure to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of their communities. Many have adopted a narrow vision, focusing on only one aspect of ministry. But in today's environment of faith-based opportunities many Christians are eager to start reaching out to their world with both Good News and good works, and therefore they are searching for appropriate ways to integrate both into their ministry.
In Churches That Make a Difference, best-selling author Ron Sider and his coauthors give those involved in community outreach a comprehensive resource for developing holistic ministry--a balance of evangelism and social outreach. Illustrations and helpful organizational tips detail the how-to's of an effective holistic ministry. Case studies that show how different churches across the United States reach out to their communities provide a variety of ideas and practical applications. User-friendly tools are included as well for congregational studies, surveys, evaluations, and community assessments.
The authors draw on extensive experience with church ministries and faith-based organizations as they share the life-changing vision and biblical mandate for living the whole gospel. Church leaders will be encouraged in their process of developing and maintaining a holistic ministry, and local churches will rediscover a passion for loving the whole person the way Jesus did.
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April 1, 2002

CITY SIGNALS PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES FOR

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Whether you work with the urban poor or the urban powerful; volunteer in a ghetto; work as CEO of a business; live in the "hood"; or focus your ministry on a few people, a neighborhood, or a city to transform the social structure of society--this study will give you new ideas and tools to pursue your calling.
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June 6, 2008

CLAIMING THE CENTER CHURCHES & CONFLICTI

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Mainline Protestant churches have been seriously impacted by the conflict in belief systems embodied in the opposing worldviews of conservatives and liberals. In this book, Jack Rogers contends that for mainline churches to remain relevant in today's world, they must make an active effort to claim the center--an authentic and balanced Christian worldview.

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July 14, 2004

CLEAR VISION

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Learn to lead with passion, energy, and unity. Successfully apply the principles of this book and lead a church that is more focused, intentional, and clear about what you are doing. Two parts: -How to develop a clear focus for the ministry of your church -Principles for enacting that mission (Out of Print)
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July 1, 2005

CLERGY MOMS

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Walking the tightrope of home and parish life for clergy parents is notoriously difficult in all the mainline Protestant denominations, but most books on ordination and vocation ignore the question of family life. The ordination of women, the prevalence of two-career marriages, the increasing need to care for aging family members, and the recognition of non-traditional families have shed new light on clergy family dynamics within the family and the church.

This book uses accounts of experiences gathered through interviews and surveys of clergy and their family members, primarily in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Its ultimate goal is to develop a holistic theology of vocation that has implications for the church, the clergy, and all families and nourishes and protects faith and family life.
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August 1, 2008