Clarity establishes the mission. Movement creates the expectation of growth and progress. Focus allows the mission to take center stage. Alignment parClarity establishes the mission. Movement creates the expectation of growth and progress. Focus allows the mission to take center stage. Alignment pares the program to fit the mission.
With these simple concepts, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger create a super-simple method of bringing disciples closer to Jesus Christ....more
Church has become a collection of issues and opinions. Disagreements alienate so many people in the church. And it seems like the younger generationsChurch has become a collection of issues and opinions. Disagreements alienate so many people in the church. And it seems like the younger generations are being alienated at astounding rates. I found this book to be dead on in the assessment of the problems facing the church.
The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo.
In turn, the Rainers offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again:
Simplify - develop a clear structure and process for making disciples.
Deepen - provide strong biblical teaching and preaching.
Expect - let members know the need for commitment to the congregation.
Multiply - make room for new people to experience the new paradigm....more
If you are looking for a step-by-step method to create disciples out of rough-cut men, this is the book for you.
From the back cover: A spiritual reforIf you are looking for a step-by-step method to create disciples out of rough-cut men, this is the book for you.
From the back cover: A spiritual reformation of society starts with a spiritual reformation of men. But making disciples — men who are walking with Christ, living like Christ, and working for Christ — is hard.
If you’ve been struggling to get traction with men, No Man Left Behind can revolutionize your efforts. Drawing upon thirty years of research and work with more than 2,500 churches, the authors offer a proven strategy that will help you disciple every man in your church. Find out how to:
* Shift your paradigm from a men’s ministry to a ministry to all your men. * Identify the unwritten “man code” that your church conveys to every guy who walks in the door. * Ensure long-term success by recruiting allies who will work with you to make disciples. * Develop a concrete, seamless process to help men who don’t know Christ become passionate disciples.
You can reach men. You can get them to grow closer to Christ. They can help you change the world. This book will show you how....more
This book is technically for pastors. But since it deals with burnout and the lack of energy that so many pastors face, laity should read this book asThis book is technically for pastors. But since it deals with burnout and the lack of energy that so many pastors face, laity should read this book as well. When a family member develops cancer or diabetes, his or her family come together to support him or her. My mother became an expert on many facets of diabetes throughout my dad's illness. My wife became an expert on supporting me throughout the difficult moments of my ministry.
From an Amazon customer review: "Wayne's book is both practical and encouraging. Here is a Pastor on the cutting edge who has encountered the reality of his own human limits and has proven that you CAN do what it takes to get life back in as "balanced" a position as is possible for healthy life and ministry. For far too long, faithful Pastors have gotten tired, burned out, and been tossed to the side of the road. Wayne writes with transparency and an openness that will have you feeling what he felt and sensing that he has also been where you have been, or maybe even that he has been where you are right now! This book should be a pre-req for all Pastoral Ministry candidates!"
What if you read the Bible and actually understood it? Or, what if you read the Bible and consumed it to the point that you actually digested and incoWhat if you read the Bible and actually understood it? Or, what if you read the Bible and consumed it to the point that you actually digested and incorporated the gist of what you read?
Peterson's book teaches the simple method of reading the Bible as a means of communing with God. Spiritual Reading has nothing to do with talking to dead people. It is a way to bring a dead faith to life.
Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the “inside story” behind Peterson’s own popular Bible translation, The Message. ...more
This book changed the way I followed Jesus. If you compared Christianity to football, these would be the three- and four-a-day drills that make your eThis book changed the way I followed Jesus. If you compared Christianity to football, these would be the three- and four-a-day drills that make your experience of the game less exhausting and even more exhilarating.
Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.
The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study, offer avenues of personal examination and change.
The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, help prepare us to make the world a better place.
The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration, bring us nearer to one another and to God.
Foster provides a wealth of examples demonstrating how these Disciplines can become part of our daily activities-and how they can help us shed our superficial habits and "bring the abundance of God into our lives." He offers crucial new insights on simplicity, demonstrating how the biblical view of simplicity, properly understood and applied, brings joy and balance to our inward and outward lives and "sets us free to enjoy the provision of God as a gift that can be shared with others."...more
Soul Tending is a light version of Celebration of Discipline. Each chapter is an exploration into a version of a Christian discipline or practice.
SouSoul Tending is a light version of Celebration of Discipline. Each chapter is an exploration into a version of a Christian discipline or practice.
Soul Tending, expands on the ideas Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster put forth in The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry (also on my list) and offers a practical way for senior high youth and young adults to study spiritual disciplines while strengthening relationships among participants.
The study includes lessons on inward, outward, and corporate disciplines. The goal is that Christ would be formed in each participant. Youth and adults co-journ together as they examine classical and contemporary disciplines, supporting one another, and intentionally seeking encounters with God....more
For years, Ted Campbell has been the voice of United Methodist orthodoxy. Without the political infighting, this book summarizes the basic beliefs ofFor years, Ted Campbell has been the voice of United Methodist orthodoxy. Without the political infighting, this book summarizes the basic beliefs of our denomination. This is a must-read for anyone who is thinking about joining the United Methodist Church, or anyone who has grown up without learning the basic beliefs of the denomination.
In this concise, accessible book, Dr. Ted Campbell provides a brief summary of the major doctrines shared in the Wesley family of denominations. Writing in concise and straightforward language, Campbell organizes the material into systematic categories: doctrine of revelation, doctrine of God, doctrine of Christ, doctrine of the Spirit, doctrine of humanity, doctrine of "the way of salvation" (conversion/justification/sanctification), doctrine of the church and means of grace, and doctrine of thing to come.
John Wesley distinguished between essential doctrines on which agreement or consensus is critical and opinions about theology or church practices on which disagreement must be allowed. Though today few people join churches based on doctrinal commitments, once a person has joined a church it becomes important to know the teachings of that church's tradition. In this way, the book shows both what Methodist churches historically teach in common with ecumenical Christianity and what is distinctive about the Methodist tradition in its various contemporary forms. ...more