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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

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

Coach Model for Christian Leaders Powerful Leadership Skills for Solving Problems Reaching Goals & Developing Others

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Do you have the leadership skills you need to solve problems, reach goals, and develop others? The COACH Model(R) is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than provide answers, leaders ask questions to draw out what God has already put into others. Learn how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their own problems, reach goals, and develop leadership skills in the process. Whether you are working with employees, teenagers, or a colleague living in another city, you'll find powerful tools and techniques you need to increase your leadership effectiveness. The COACH Model for Christian Leaders is packed with stories and illustrations that bring the principles and practice to life. Based on first-hand experience and taught around the world, this book will transform your conversations into powerful learning and results.
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March 29, 2012

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

COMMON ROOTS AN ORIGINAL CALL TO AN REV

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The insights of the early church hold vast potential for strengthening the community life and ministry of the contemporary church. Robert Webber sounded this theme in his original 1978 edition of Common Roots. Over the past thirty years, this book has been recognized as Webber's seminal work, providing a foundation for the ancient-future faith movement. Here is Webber's original clarion call, presented with an extensive foreword by David Neff, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today magazine and executive director of the Robert E. Webber Center for an Ancient-Evangelical Future. The book will promote new conversations about ancient-future faith and its relationship to modern evangelicalism. Webber examines evangelicalism through the lens of the early church (AD 100-500). He searches for the roots of evangelical Christianity, then challenges contemporary evangelical beliefs and practices that are out of harmony with historic Christianity. These ancient patterns, Webber contends, contain wisdom evangelicals must recover for worship, theology, mission, and spirituality. Chapters highlight a problem, investigate an ancient belief or practice, and suggest an agenda for today. This knowledgeable perspective on ancient-future faith is perfect for both seasoned scholars and a new generation of evangelical Christians.

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September 29, 2009

COMMUNITY MINDED CHURCH

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Providing a cooked meal to the hungry, offering shelter on a cold night, and hosting activities for special needs children are just a few of the areas a church can reach out and make a difference within its community. However, it's not as simple as it sounds; intentionally molding your church s ministries to suit the needs of your community can be a difficult and daunting task.In The Community-Minded Church, Stan Toler provides effective tools to help your church shape its ministries and further its outreach. By profiling eight successful ministries from across the country, he highlights specific people groups and how their needs are being met by the churches in their communities. With solid biblical reasoning and experienced, practical guidance, Toler offers pastors and ministry leaders the examples, forms, and other informational pieces to reference as they expound and maximize their roles in their communities.
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February 15, 2009

COMPLETE HNBK OF FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY

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Offering tried and tested methods rather than unproven theories, this comprehensive handbook gives pastors, administrators and church leaders the tools they need to reach out to families in the congregations and communities. Step by step, you'll learn the practical process of building a successful family ministry. An easy-to-read manual that helps you create a program custom-tailored to your church.
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February 8, 1995

CONCERNING THE TRUE CARE OF SOULS

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First time ever available in English, this basically served as the "reformation handbook of pastoral theology," for Calvin and others, setting out in a vivid and persuasive way, biblical principles for church life, ministry, and discipline.
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August 1, 2009

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN CONGREGATIONS

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Since its inception, the Alban Institute has earned a reputation as a leader in addressing congregational conflict management issues through its research, consulting services, educational events, and particularly its publications. Drawing on this rich heritage, the first title in our new "Harvesting the Learnings" anthology series gathers 20 classic Alban works on congregational conflict into a single, indispensable volume. Conflict Management in Congregations harvests the collected wisdom of many of the key thinkers on this topic, including such past and present Alban consultants as Speed Leas, George Parsons, Margaret Bruehl, Gil Rendle, Alice Mann, and Roy Pneumann. Much of the material found here has long been unavailable but is still much in demand. Divided into three sections that explore the dynamics of conflict, conflict management techniques, and dealing with conflict in specific contexts, this book serves as a comprehensive primer that no pastor or congregational leader will want to be without.
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May 1, 2001