"The Purpose Driven® Church has brought focus and direction to more pastors and church leaders than you can count. What a gift! — John Ortberg, bestselling author
Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus.
"The issue is church health, not church growth! declares Warren. "If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical ... more
Terry Nance reaffirms the place and position of the local church in our lives. In a day of apathy and indifference, Nance calls us to faithfulness to our local churches, pastors, leaders, and congregations in an effort to more effectively impact our local communities.
If you aren't transforming lives, then the church has no impact. Pastor Shannon O'Dell reveals the need for relevancy and shares a powerful mission for rural churches in reading the unchurched and lost in their communities. Now, learn the strategies and biblical guidance that turned a church of 30 into a multi-campus church of several thousand with a national and global outreach. Experience the blueprint for transforming into effective, dynamic, and thriving churches which give God the very best!
You don't need to listen long to find someone--be it an author, a speaker, a pastor, or a professional consultant--with a ten-point plan for increasing effectiveness and growth within your church.
Pastor Mark Dever, however, believes that the purpose of too many churches has fallen from glorifying God to growing larger. We must realize that the size of a congregation is rarely a good way to estimate the greatness of something in God's eyes.
An overview of the six most common objections emerging generations have with church and Christianity along with the biblical answers to these objections and examples of how churches are facing this challenge.
Starting a church from scratch? Start here This is no typical "church planting" or "church growth" book. The authors, both pastors at The Journey Church of the City in Manhattan, offer specific strategies for beginning a church from scratch, based on their own experiences in launching a church with no members, no money and no staff--and watched membership skyrocket to more than a thousand people in three years They offer clear, practical how-to strategies for quickly raising funds, creating a team, planning services, effective evangelism and rapidly developing a growing membership. Specific advice is included for reaching that often difficult-to-target demographic, the 20- to 40-year-old. You'll also get an insider's l ... more
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 inc ... more
This updated edition places a stronger emphasis on disciple making and clarifies answers to nine fundamental ministry questions. The methods in this book are proven to work, having already helped many churches articulate their vision and implement their mission.