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12 Challenges Churches Face

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Longtime pastor and leading authority on church health, Mark Dever draws from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to tackle twelve major challenges facing the church today. As he presents each challenge, Dever provides practical ways for individuals and churches to respond biblically. Writing for both church leaders and laymen, Dever insists that the health of the local church should be the concern of every believer and that God can overcome the most difficult of challenges.

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9781581349443
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2012-05-25
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50 WAYS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH HOW YOU &

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This guide outlines fifty ways in which you, your congregation, and your local community can help fight global warming and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship. "50 Ways to Help Save the Earth" makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one's faith.

This easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: "Water," "Energy," "Transportation," "Food and Agriculture," "People," "Other Species," and "Wilderness and Land." Each chapter begins with a statement on how the content relates to global warming, followed by seven action items ranging from individual efforts to activities that encourage the involvement of the congregational and wider communities.

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9780664233709
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2009-05-01
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Westminster John Knox Press

ACCOMPANY THEM WITH SINGING THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL

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Thomas Long begins this fascinating volume by describing how the Christian funeral developed historically, theologically, and liturgically, and then discusses recent cultural trends in funeral practices, including the rise in both cremations and memorial services. He describes the basic pattern for a funeral service, details options in funeral planning, identifies characteristics of a "good funeral," and provides thoughtful guidance for preaching at a funeral.

Long also notes a disturbing trend toward funeral services that seem theologically right and pastorally caring, but actually depart from the primary aims of the Christian funeral. He argues that a new, less-theological and less-satisfying service that focuses on the mourner has begun to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the ancient grand community drama with today's trend toward body-less memorial services that focus primarily on the living and grief management. This is a loss for the church, he argues, and he calls for the church to reclaim the classic metaphor.

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9780664233198
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2009-10-01
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Westminster John Knox Press

AFTER MCDONALDIZATION

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In "The McDonaldization of the Church," John Drane critiqued church trends toward "fast food" spirituality while offering suggestions for change. In his long-awaited sequel, "After McDonaldization," Drane addresses key questions for Western Christianity in a global context. He argues that increasing numbers of people are turning to "spirituality" even while church attendance has continued to decline in the US and Europe, and that the continuing impact of globalization and consumerism has been joined by a post-9/11 culture of fear and a search for truth. In light of these developments, Drane presents a case for a more practical theology, a reinvigorated style of ministry, and a restatement of classic Christian beliefs for the twenty-first century. This accessible book will appeal to church and culture readers, pastors, and those interested in the emerging church.
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9780801036118
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2008-09-01
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Baker Academic

AGENDA FOR CHANGE A GLOBAL CALL FOR SPIR

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This is a compelling tract for our times (manifesto) addressed to evangelicals around the English-speaking world from the general director of the Evangelical Alliance. This umbrella group represents evangelical Christians in the United Kingdom and is part of the larger World Evangelical Alliance of 128 national and seven regional alliances including the National Association of Evangelicals in the USA. Written in an accessible style this short and readable manifesto issues a prophetic call to help set the agenda for evangelicals to: *Present Christ credibly the 21st century *Rehabilitate term 'evangelical' as good news *Engage in spiritual and social transformation The book includes discussion questions to enable classes, groups, and teams to read and discuss the contents of the book. As the church faces challenges and opportunities, this book can serve as a catalyst to move the evangelical church forward to make a difference in the world by fostering spiritual and social transformation.
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9780310284000
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2008-02-29
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Zondervan Publishing Company

AGING & MINISTRY IN THE 21ST C

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9780881775402
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2008-08-01
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Discipleship Resources

AUTISM & YOUR CHURCH NURTURING THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF PE

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This new edition of an indispensable handbook provides a wealth of practical tips, including a new chapter on behavior management and an updated discussion of what "Autism Spectrum Disorder" means.

It will enable your church to

appreciate those with ASD as persons created in God's image

discover ten strategies for including people with ASD

develop an action plan for ongoing ministry

Reproducible resources include:

Sample Interview Questionnaire for Children's Ministry

Sample Interview Questionnaire for Adult Ministry

Sample Observation Form

Sample Parent Permission Form

Sample Adult Permission Form

Sample Job Description for Coordinator of Ministry to Children and Adults with Special Needs

Sample Individual Spiritual Formation Plan (ISFP)

and more!

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9781592555727
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2011-07-01
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Faith Alive Christian Resources

Autopsy of a Deceased Church 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

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No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.
Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, "Autopsy of a Deceased Church" will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom!
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9781433683923
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2014-05-01
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B&H Publishing Group

BECOMING A PRAYING CONGREGATION

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Becoming a Praying Congregation is designed to help leaders teach, inspire and example deeper prayer life for the entire congregation through worship, study, ministry teams and individual devotion.

Using ideas and examples fromcongregations with active prayer ministries, leaders willbe inspired to develop deeper prayer practices in: worship decision-making groups prayer ministry team age-level classes households

Tools include: worship prayer activities DVD planning ideas for Sunday School or small groups for children, youth and adults guidelines for building or reviving a prayer ministry team help for special services like healing prayer services, meditations, prayer for the church and its mission

Rueben Job's When You Pray can be used as a daily devotional for individuals and small groups participating in the program."

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9781426702822
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2009-11-01
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Abingdon Press

BEST ADVICE WISDOM ON MINISTRY FROM 30 L

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This book gathers a diverse group of leading pastors and preachers and asks them, what is your best advice to colleagues in ministry about preaching and being a pastor? The responses are full of wisdom and practical advice, illuminating and helpful for all who are pastors and preachers. This book is a unique window into perspectives on ministry in the twenty-first century. It is an ideal book to give to one's pastor or a graduating seminarian. It is one pastors will turn to often for inspiration, insight, and wisdom.

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9780664232436
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2009-01-31
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Westminster John Knox Press

BEYOND AMAZING GRACE

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No one who knew John Newton as a young lad would ever have dreamed that this teenage rebel, profane sailor, naval deserter and slave-trader would one day write the lyrics to one of the best-known hymns of all time, 'Amazing Grace'. The story of how such a notorious sinner was converted to Christ and went on to become an equally noteworthy pastor and a leader of the Evangelical movement in eighteenth-century England is simply astounding. In compiling this selection from his writings, Todd Murray has made Newton's gentle pastoral wisdom available to a new generation of readers.
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9780852346532
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2007-04-01
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EP BOOKS

BIBLICAL ANSWERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

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This book is designed to give biblical answers to questions that the 21st century church has been faced with. Some topics include: .The Church's Response to Social Injustice .Prophecy .The Church Today .Divorce & Remarriage .The Lottery and It's Social Impact .Much More!
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9780977984039
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2006-03-31
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Power Walk Ministries