Revitalize

Revitalize Author Andrew M. Davis
ISBN-10 9781493405473
Release 2017-04-04
Pages 224
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Church health is measured by more than just numbers, but declining membership is often a key symptom of a church in crisis. The pastor of a dying church doesn't need to be told it is dying; he needs to find the way forward--and he needs hope. Author and pastor Andrew Davis offers readers the lessons he's learned in his own journey of leading church transformation, including - keeping Christ's ownership of the church central - being humble - choosing your battles wisely - empowering godly men to join in leadership - making prayer a priority - focusing on the Word - and more Church decline is not inevitable. Revitalize gives pastors the spiritual support they long for and the practical advice they need to turn their churches around and position them for greater health in the future.



There s Hope for Your Church

There s Hope for Your Church Author Gary L. McIntosh
ISBN-10 9781441238528
Release 2012-05-01
Pages 208
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A startling 85% of churches in the US are plateaued or declining, a trend that has been building for the past fifty years. In the face of shrinking attendance and lagging spiritual growth, pastors and church leaders are understandably discouraged and demoralized. But the first step to turning things around is hope. Church health expert Gary McIntosh offers this hope by showing church leaders the first things they need to do to make a new start for their church. God can and does restore churches to new life, even as he restores individuals. The street-smart ideas and step-by-step instructions found in this book are ones that pastors and church leaders can put to use immediately in their churches to bring about solid growth and renewed hope for the future.



Evangelism in the Early Church

Evangelism in the Early Church Author Michael Green
ISBN-10 0802827683
Release 2004-05-17
Pages 474
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Now a modern classic, Michael Green's Evangelism in the Early Church provides a comprehensive look at the ways the first Christians -- from the New Testament period up until the middle of the third century -- worked to spread the good news to the rest of the world. In describing life in the early church, Green explores crucial aspects of the evangelistic task that have direct relevance for similar work today, including methods, motives, and strategies. He assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the evangelistic approaches used by the earliest Christians, and he also considers the obstacles to evangelism, using outreach to Gentiles and to Jews as examples of differing contexts for proclamation. Carefully researched and frequently quoting primary sources from the early church, this book will both show contemporary readers what can be learned from the past and help renew their own evangelistic vision.



Word Centered Church

Word Centered Church Author Jonathan Leeman
ISBN-10 9780802495464
Release 2017-05-02
Pages 192
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It’s a question hundreds of pastors ask every day:What is the best way to grow? A lot of books give a lot of answers, but the best one comes from Scripture. Word-Centered Church brings that answer into sharp focus. Written by Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for the reputable ministry 9Marks, Word-Centered Church offers a thorough treatment of one of God’s greatest concerns: growing His people and growing His church. As simple as the concept may seem, it’s one that many churches miss, and to their own detriment. Because when churches center everything they do on God’s Word—when the pulpit ministry gives direction to every aspect of the church’s life—growth happens God’s way. God’s Word is what creates the church, and it’s what sustains it, too. Theological and practical, Word-Centered Church focuses on how the church hears, responds to, discusses, implements, and is transformed by Scripture. It’s not about high-octane production, superstar personalities, or postmodern entreaties, but stuff that is really old, really good, and really powerful. Word-Centered Church is the ministry-model book that churches need, because it advances the model God designed. For anyone who wants to grow or help others grow, Word-Centered Church is indispensable.



ReClaimed Church

ReClaimed Church Author Bill Henard
ISBN-10 9781462790722
Release 2018-06-01
Pages 240
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It's no secret: churches are dying. Tragically, thousands of churches in the United States are shrinking, some closing their doors forever. The key to reversing these trends, argues Bill Henard, is for a local church to recognize where it is in the church life cycle. Unless churches intentionally do something about it, many of them will follow the same pattern: from birth, to plateau, and eventually, to death. But if a church learns to identify its place within the life cycle and embraces the necessary processes, it can return to growth. In a day when church membership has decreased, evangelistic zeal has cooled, and budgets are disappearing, ReClaimed Church is the tool that struggling churches need. Having previously written and taught seminary courses on church revitalization, Bill Henard uses his expertise to provide all the practical insights and instructions needed to reclaim your church.



What Every Pastor Should Know

What Every Pastor Should Know Author Gary L. McIntosh
ISBN-10 9781441241030
Release 2013-04-15
Pages 272
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Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast! What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and "sacred" laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader's library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They'll get the answers they're looking for all in one place.



Can These Bones Live

Can These Bones Live Author William Henard
ISBN-10 9781433683978
Release 2015-06-01
Pages 256
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Bill Henard believes that there is hope for the established church – for your church. Some people may have already pronounced the church “dead,” but these dead bones can live. Whether your church is seven years old or one-hundred and seventy, you may be seeing evidences that your church needs vision, direction, and revitalization.



An Infinite Journey

An Infinite Journey Author Dr. Andrew M. Davis
ISBN-10 9781620203354
Release 2014-01-09
Pages 477
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After we’ve come to faith in Christ, God leaves us in this world for a very clear purpose: his own glory. But how are we to glorify God for the rest of our lives? The Bible reveals that God has laid before every Christian two infinite journeys which we are to travel every day: the internal journey of growth into Christlike maturity, and the external journey of worldwide evangelism and missions. This book is a road map for the internal journey, laying out how we are to grow in four major areas: knowledge, faith, character, and action. In this book, we’ll learn how God grows us in knowledge, faith, character, and action. We’ll also discover that spiritual knowledge constantly feeds our growing faith, faith will transform our character, our transformed character will result in an array of actions more and more glorifying to God, and our actions will feed our spiritual knowledge. This upward spiral will lead us to become more and more like Jesus Christ in holiness. And not only will this book help us understand Christian growth in detail, it will also give us a passion to grow every day for his glory.



Autopsy of a Deceased Church

Autopsy of a Deceased Church Author Thom S. Rainer
ISBN-10 9781433683923
Release 2014
Pages 102
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Presents twelve lessons on keeping a church alive, discussing the consistent themes the author found in dying churches.



How to Break Growth Barriers

How to Break Growth Barriers Author Carl F. George
ISBN-10 9781493406562
Release 2017-04-04
Pages 256
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Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance--many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue. How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth. The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a "harvest" vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.



From Embers to a Flame

From Embers to a Flame Author Harry L. Reeder, III
ISBN-10 1596380713
Release 2008-01-01
Pages 234
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Expounds biblical principles that, if applied to even the unhealthiest church, the Lord can use to take the church from embers to a flame.



The Duty of Pastors

The Duty of Pastors Author John Owen
ISBN-10 9781943133093
Release 2015-07-01
Pages 102
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"The Duty of Pastors" was written to help both ordinary churchgoers and called-out leaders of the church understand their vital ministry roles. John Owen believed that both of these groups of people play a vital role in promoting a healthy church environment. He believed that the people in the pew shouldn’t fear but rather embrace their ministry role, just as their church leaders are called to embrace theirs. This book helps both groups clearly understand and apply basic biblical principles so that local churches grow closer to the Lord, closer to each other and stand out as a light in the darkness, wherever they may be.



Lost in America

Lost in America Author Tom Clegg
ISBN-10 076442257X
Release 2001-01-01
Pages 176
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Lost in America helps inspire Christians to think and behave as missionaries here in North America. It help encourage and challenge church members to change the way they think of evangelism and begin reaching out to people in their communities. Includes practical advice and steps for churches to take towards lasting change.



Meet Generation Z

Meet Generation Z Author James Emery White
ISBN-10 9781493406432
Release 2017-01-17
Pages 224
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Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there's a new generation--making up more than 25 percent of the US population--that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is the first truly post-Christian generation, and they are poised to challenge every church to rethink its role in light of a rapidly changing culture. From the award-winning author of The Rise of the Nones comes this enlightening introduction to the youngest generation. James Emery White explains who this generation is, how it came to be, and the impact it is likely to have on the nation and the faith. Then he reintroduces us to the ancient countercultural model of the early church, arguing that this is the model Christian leaders must adopt and adapt if we are to reach members of Generation Z with the gospel. He helps readers rethink evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation where they are. Pastors, ministry leaders, youth workers, and parents will find this an essential and hopeful resource.



When Your Church Feels Stuck

When Your Church Feels Stuck Author Chris Sonksen
ISBN-10 9781493407804
Release 2017-06-06
Pages 192
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Every pastor wants their church to grow, but the reality is that most churches are stagnant or shrinking, leaving most pastors frustrated, weary, and discouraged. They continue to search for answers at conferences, in books, and on websites, but they don't find them. They don't realize that the answers that can actually make a difference in their ministry are the ones they need to give themselves. When Your Church Feels Stuck poses seven unavoidable questions church leaders must answer before they can chart the unique path to growth for their church. These challenging questions address the key subjects of mission, strategy, values, metrics, team alignment, culture, and services, and the way pastors answers these questions will help them discover the real reasons their churches are stuck--and what steps to take to facilitate real growth.



Reclaiming Glory

Reclaiming Glory Author Mark Clifton
ISBN-10 1433643227
Release 2016
Pages 176
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What is there about a dying church that brings glory to God? Mark Clifton's convicting answer is "Nothing." Because a local church is intended to represent the work of God in a community, when that church "loses it saltiness," not only is God's work pictured as irrelevant in that community, but also dishonor and disrepute may well become associated with God's name as a result. In Reclaiming Glory, Clifton draws not only upon his own burden for revitalizing dying churches but also upon years of church replanting experience to offer passionate counsel for how to breathe new life into a dying church . . . all for the glory of the God who is building his church upon the immovable rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ.



The Case for Antioch

The Case for Antioch Author Jeff Iorg
ISBN-10 9781433671388
Release 2011-06-01
Pages 193
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A study of the New Testament church in Antioch provides a biblical model of what healthy churches should look like today.