Church Planting and Growth

Church Planting and Growth

5 THINGS ANYONE CAN DO TO HELP START A

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Starting a new congregation is an exciting venture, but it may seem a bit daunting to the average Christian. Experienced church leader Phil Stevenson shows us that anyone can take part in building the Kingdom by helping to create a new congregation.
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9780898273823
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2008-11-30
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Wesleyan Publishing House

A New Kind of Church

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There is no shortage of books these days on new ways of "doing church." New church models have been both warmly embraced and roundly criticized. What are church leaders and others concerned about the state of the church to make of all this? Does the Bible prescribe a standard model for doing church? Or is there freedom within certain guidelines?
In A New Kind of Church, respected church consultant Aubrey Malphurs addresses these important questions and suggests that there is room for new ways of doing ministry while being true to Scripture. In the process, he offers a theological and interpretive framework for evaluating any church model, new or old. He also offers suggestions for implementing change in the local church.
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9780801091896
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2007-01-31
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Baker Books

Apostolic Church Planting

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Church planting is not just about gathering new communities of people who are already Christians. In the book of Acts, church plants begin with sharing the gospel. Planting churches flows naturally out of making disciples. Pastor J. D. Payne explains the process and stages of church planting, with biblical foundations and practical steps for planting teams. He provides a pathway for the multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches. Here are church planting strategies and activities that are simple, highly reproducible and can be implemented by ordinary team members, not just by charismatic leaders. This guide can be used for planting in contexts among any given people group, domestically or internationally. It is an ideal resource for teams to work through together as they follow God's call in their community.
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9780830841240
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2015-10-22
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IVP Books

APOSTOLIC CONGREGATION

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A church in the heart of Manhattan and a congregation among the Inuit people of Northern Canada would seem to have little in common with one another. Yet in one way they are surprisingly similar: They are both apostolic congregations, churches whose every program exists for the purpose of presenting the gospel to non-Christians, and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

What is the secret of churches like these; how have they learned to make evangelism central to everything they do? In studying apostolic congregations around the world, George G. Hunter III has discovered a set of perspectives and practices that they all share. With the passion and insight for which he is so well known, Hunter demonstrates how your congregation can learn to focus on the one thing that most matters: bringing people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

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9781426702112
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2009-09-01
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Abingdon Press

BEST PRACTICES OF GROWING CHURCHES

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Learning from the best practices of successful companies is a necessary part of the corporate world. Businesses remain competitive by examining the methods that others have used to successfully improve their products or services.This type of learning is also important in ministry. The primary way that pastors and church leaders learn is from one another. They build and refine their own ministry styles and programs by applying the advice and experiences of others who've gone before them.Best Practices of Growing Churches is an interactive tool that allows pastors to learn from observation. It doesn't offer a list of guidelines or dos and don'ts. Instead, it tells the stories of several growing churches and shares what each did to encourage its growth. Author Tom Nees provides readers with transcribed accounts of his interviews with the pastors of these churches, preserving their voice and passion as they share their stories. This unique format allows pastors to read these successful practices and then choose how best to apply them to their own situations. By doing so, they not only discover what needs to be done, but also the best way to go about doing it.Regardless of your church's size or location, Best Practices of Growing Churches is a practical resource that will enrich your ministry. The stories it offers will encourage and inspire you to believe in your own calling as you develop the discipline of listening and learning from the experiences of others.
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9780834123045
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2006-09-01
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Beacon Hill Press

BIBLICAL CHURCH GROWTH

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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 increasing membership. According to Biblical Church Growth, growing churches always evidence a desire to fulfill the Great Commission by cooperating with God in building a faithful church.
Using personal stories and current statistics as well as numerous biblical examples, the author sets forth ten basic principles that provide an eternal foundation for helping any church-large or small-achieve lasting vitality and growth.
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9780801091568
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2003-05-01
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Baker Books

Biblical Church Revitalization Solutions for Dying & Divided Churches

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There is a unique and special power and testimony in not just a vibrant local church full of life, but an old historic one that had lost its way, was on life support, and into which God saw fit to breathe life once again. Biblical Church Revitalization calls us to an intentional commitment to church revitalization in the face of dying and divided churches.

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9781781917664
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2016-05-01
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Christian Focus Publications

Bonsai Theory of Church Growth

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The bonsai pot may be the most identifiable accessory for growing bonsai trees. The pots come in numerous shapes and sizes. Some are very shallow, designed for planting a bonsai forest (several trees grouped together). Others are tall and somewhat narrow, used primarily for trees that cascade downward. Many look simply like miniature versions of more familiar flower pots. Most are ornate ceramic pots with Oriental-looking scenes and beautiful glazes. All of them are expensive when you consider their relative size. You might think that you wouldn't have to pay so dearly for such a small hunk of clay. After only a cursory reading of my collection of bonsai books, I discovered that fitting the right pot to the right tree was an integral part of growing bonsai. The bonsai grower must take into account factors such as the size, shape, and color of the tree when making this crucial decision. In my case I added a fourth criterion price. Once the pot and the plant have been chosen, you're ready to go to work. The small tree must be placed in just the right position in the pot for the proper aesthetic beauty. Once this task has been completed you have embarked on your bonsai journey. Yet the pot is much more than a simple decorative holder for a little tree. The pot in many ways helps to determine the size of the tree. The beautiful glazed dish must hold the dirt and roots that will support the tree's healthy growth. One of the secrets to the small size of the bonsai is the limited space for root growth. This discovery about little trees applies to churches as well. The size of the container in which a congregation is planted will in many ways determine the size it will grow to in maturity. We have seen this principle at work in the plants inside our home. Let's say, for example, that you purchase a small decorative fig tree from the local nursery. It comes to you in a one gallon container. You place your prized possession by an appropriate window and water it on a regular schedule and watch as it grows naturally for a year or so. We are surprised to see that it will grow with the virtual "benign neglect" that many of our plants receive. After about a year, you notice that the color of the leaves appears to be less vibrant and that some are actually falling from the tree. You continue to water your prized possession and even add a bit of fertilizer, but to no avail. What's the problem? It has become root-bound. The root structure has outgrown the one gallon container. The tree must be dug up, the roots untangled, and the tree repotted in a more spacious container if growth is to continue. If the container can impede the growth of a perfectly healthy house plant, then the "church pot" can inhibit natural growth, even in a healthy church. Bonsai pots come in different shapes and sizes, but all are designed to keep the root structure of the plant small. In like manner, there are different "pots" your church must think about to promote healthy growth."
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9780988985476
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2014-09-01
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Auxano Press

BOOK OF CHURCH GROWTH

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The Church Growth Movement has divided devout Christians. Even though Rainer is an advocate, his aim here is to present an objective view of the movement--its history, the theology associated with it, and the principles which seem to separate churches that grow from those that don't.
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9780805418729
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1998-09-01
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B&H Publishing Group

BREAKING THE MISSIONAL CODE

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Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. Indeed, just because a "missional breakthrough" occurs in one place doesn t mean it will happen the same way elsewhere.

One size does not fit all, but there are cultural codes that must be broken for all churches to grow and remain effective in their specific mission context. "Breaking the Missional Code "provides expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, plus case studies of successful missional churches impacting their communities.

"We have to recognize there are cultural barriers (in addition to spiritual ones) that blind people from understanding the gospel," the authors write. "Our task is to find the right way to break through those cultural barriers without removing the spiritual and theological ones." "

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9780805443592
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2006-05-01
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B&H Publishing Group

BRIDGER GENERATION

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Now in paperback. "The Bridger Generation "is the first comprehensive study of the new generation, 72 million strong, born between 1977 and 1994. These are the Bridgers the first generation to come of age in the twenty-first century, bridging the gap between two centuries and two millennia. Rainer s in-depth analysis explores and explains revealing data, facts, and trends about tomorrow s leaders and how best to present them with the gospel of Jesus. Moving beyond the Baby Boomers, Busters, and Generation X, "The Bridger Generation "takes a unique first look at the next American demographic phenomenon."

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9780805443813
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2006-05-01
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B&H Publishing Group

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION A THIRD WAY FO

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A sequel to his best-selling"Transforming Congregational Culture"(2003), "Changing the Conversation"offers Anthony Robinson's latest work and thinking on congregational renewal and leadership. Robinson here invites church leaders and members into ten crucial conversations that will change their congregation's culture and help them respond with greater vitality, effectiveness, and faithfulness to our postmodern culture and its challenges."
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9780802807595
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2008-08-01
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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company