Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Start This, Stop That
Author: Jennifer Cowart, Jim Cowart
Publisher: Abingdon Press
We need less conventional wisdom and more creative leadership. Not all of the advice you’ve heard on church growth works. Judging by results, most doesn’t. It’s time we re-evaluate the standard thinking on how to grow a church, especially considering new voices questioning the worth of church growth. Jim Cowart is shepherding an amazing story. 1800 professions of Christ in ten years have propelled Harvest Church from a church plant of four – Jim’s family – to a thriving community of Jesus disciples. Harvest is changing their world and having a party while they do it. Learn why conventional church thinking such as pastoral care, long-term planning, stewardship campaigns, committees and even staff inhibit church growth. Learn how to do less, and lead more people to Christ.
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.
Author: Tony Morgan
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Pastor and popular church culture blogger Tony Morgan once worked as a city manager, a CEO-type job with the suit and tie, corner office, the works. Despite his top-rank status, Tony’s list of responsibilities still included killing cockroaches whenever a freaked out co-worker spotted one in the building. That’s where this unconventional, unforgettable book on church leadership begins. Morgan’s point is that great leaders don’t have to do everything. The key is to play from your strengths while building a team that manages around your weaknesses. Written in a relaxed style similar to marketing guru Seth Godin, Killing Cockroaches’ 142 offbeat, on-target entries will delight and energize church leaders. Chapter titles include “10 Easy Ways to Make Your Church Services More Boring” (creative services), “Action Speaks Louder than Advertising” (meeting people’s physical needs), and “The Power of Simple” (eliminating noise).
For a New Generation
Author: Lee D. Kricher
A New Generation Church is a church with attendees whose average age is at least as young as the average age of the community in which the church exists. Any church can become a New Generation Church that reaches and continues to reach the next generation. The Psalmist writes: We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. (Psalm 78:4 NLT) No Christian would purposely hide the timeless truths of Christianity from the next generation. But often we do, not because of the substance of our church, but because of the approach of our church. For A New Generation is not about changing your church’s statement of faith or core beliefs. It is about evaluating and changing, as needed, your church’s programs, ministries and practices in order to more effectively connect with and stay connected with the next generation. Written for both church leaders and members, For a New Generation presents 5 practical strategies that will lay a foundation for a church to thrive for generations to come. It is based on the assumption that accepting the status quo is the greatest threat to your church’s core mission and, perhaps, to the long-term survival of your church.
Author: Kara E. Powell, Chap Clark
Most parents would give anything to anchor their children with a vibrant faith that “sticks” and continues to mature long-term. Yet despite this deep desire, research indicates that approximately 40-50% of high school seniors drift from their faith after graduation. In response to this problem, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has launched the College Transition Project, a national longitudinal study following 400 high school seniors during their first three years in college. This provocative and needed research is geared to spark a movement that empowers parents, churches, leaders, and adults of all ages to develop robust and long-term faith in kids.
Author: Rich Birch
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
In an when 94% of churches are losing ground against the growth of the communities they serve, there is a new breed of churches who buck the trend. UNREASONABLE CHURCHES tells to stories of 10 churches who stopped copying the models of other churches and tried something new. You'll be inspired to consider how your church could see great impact by blazing new trails! ARE YOU READY TO BE UNREASONABLE? What others are saying about UNREASONABLE CHURCHES: "If you know Rich Birch and the unSeminary, you know he delivers fresh, relevant, and practical recourses for everyday leaders like you and me. In his book UNREASONABLE CHURCHES, Rich keeps true to his track record by providing real examples of innovative ideas that work in local churches along with the encouragement to help you know you can do it too! It's an insider's look into some of the best practices to help any church reach its full potential." - Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone(r) Church "Many times we try to put God in a box to figure out how He grows churches and forms ministry strategies, but the reality is that God cannot be contained. He works uniquely in each church and in each community, and I am thrilled that Rich has captured these insightful stories of brave church leaders who have followed God's promptings and seen incredible results." - Heather Larson, Executive Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church "Rich has an incredible gift for bringing practical insight and wisdom to the churches' most unique and often overwhelming challenges. UNREASONABLE CHURCHES is a great resource to take your next steps in improving your ministry." - Frank Bealer, Family Pastor, Elevation Church "One thing I've learned in two decades of church leadership is that many leaders would rather make excuses than make progress. The truth is, you can make excuses or you can make progress but you can't make both. If you want to keep making excuses, don't read this book. If you want to make progress, prepare to become unreasonable." - Carey Nieuwhof, Founding and Teaching Pastor, Connexus Church, www.careynieuwhof.com "UNREASONABLE CHURCHES challenges church leaders to think daringly about 'the way things have always been done.' Rich challenges the Church to take risks on trying new approaches to ministry including giving leadership training, follow up, and more. The case studies of churches innovating and reaching uncharted territory, along with takeaway questions, are inspiring and worth every penny spent on the book!" - Tim Stevens, Vanderbloemen Search Group "Rich has done the church an epic favor by writing this book. He's a master storyteller, and he knows what he's talking about! I'm excited for you to read this valuable resource." - Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor Transformation Church, Author of The High Definition Leader: Leading Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World "Having served as an executive pastor for nearly 12 years, I understand the temptation to mimic the success of other churches. In UNREASONABLE CHURCHES, Rich has gathered an inspiring collection of stories about leaders who are passionately pursuing the ministry God has for their church. It's an important reminder that each call is unique and radically different. I know you'll be encouraged to seek God for a better understanding of the influence of your church." - Jenni Catron, Founder of The 4Sight Group and author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership SEE INSIDE FOR MORE ENDORSEMENTS
Author: Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad Griffin
Publisher: Baker Books
Unleashing the Passion of Young People in Your Church Is Possible! Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church. Visit www.churchesgrowingyoung.org for more information.
The Self-Aware Leader
Author: Terry Linhart
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Effective ministry begins here. You've studied what you think you need to know before entering a career in ministry. Is there anything that is more important than knowing about hermeneutics, homiletics, theology, exegesis, and everything else you have likely learned in seminary and church ministry so far? Yes, there is. How well do you know yourself? You need to build your ministry career on the right foundation of an objective understanding of self. If you don't comprehend your strengths and weaknesses, then you won't be fully prepared to enter the crucible of ministry. Serving as a pastor is one of the toughest calls there is. But it can also be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, especially if you have taken the time to examine both your gifts and vulnerabilities. The church needs leaders who have the clear-eyed courage to pursue the hardest part of the ministry journey: seeing yourself. The Self-Aware Leader will help you to do just that.
The Unstuck Church
Author: Tony Morgan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Acclaimed church leader, blogger, founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan unpacks the lifecycle of a typical church, identifies characteristics of each phase, and provides practical next steps a church can take to move towards sustained health. Think about your church for a moment. Is it growing? Is it diminishing? Is it somewhere in between? Acclaimed church leader, blogger, and founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan has identified the seven stages of a church's lifecycle that range from the hopeful and optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support. Regardless of the stage in which you find your church, it carries with it the world's greatest mission—to "go and make disciples of all the nations . . ." With eternity at stake the Church should be doing most everything within its power to see lives changed forever. The Church should strive for the pinnacle of the lifecycle, where they are continually making new disciples and experiencing what Morgan refers to as "sustained health." In The Unstuck Church, Morgan unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps the church leader can take to find it's way to sustained health . . . and finally become unstuck. The Unstuck Church is a call for honest an assessment of where your church sits on the lifecycle, and a challenge to move beyond it.
Who Moved My Pulpit?
Author: Thom S. Rainer
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you’re asking. But you’re certainly asking questions about change in the church—where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, and how you’re supposed to hang on and follow God through it—even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new opportunities of this age. Based on conversations with thousands of pastors, combined with on-the-ground research from more than 50,000 churches, best-selling author Thom S. Rainer shares an eight-stage roadmap to leading change in your church. Not by changing doctrine. Not by changing biblical foundations. But by changing methodologies and approaches for reaching a rapidly changing culture. You are the pastor. You are the church staff person. You are an elder. You are a deacon. You are a key lay leader in the church. This is the book that will equip you to celebrate and lead change no matter the cost. The time is now.
Author: Rick Chromey
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ENCOUNTER A RADICAL COMMITMENT TO PREACHING THAT WILL REACH THE EARS OF A NEW GENERATION OF CHURCHGOERS. People today want to connect with God; they crave spirituality. But inside the walls of the church they’re getting a 30- to 50-minute spiritual monologue. Simply put, sermons do not communicate effectively in a YouTube, Twitter, Google world. We just can’t keep doing business—preaching—as we always have in this fluid culture. Sermons Reimagined will teach you easy, practical ways to reach today’s audience, who: • Consume sound bites, not sermons • Process information visually, not verbally • Apply concepts through experiences and interaction, not passivity and lectures It’s time to reimagine the sermon to reach a new generation. This book will show you how.
Teams That Thrive
Author: Ryan T. Hartwig, Warren Bird
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared—for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader. Many churches have begun to share key leadership duties, but don t know how to take their leadership team to the point where it thrives. Others seriously need a new approach to leadership: pastors are tired, congregations are stuck, and meanwhile the work never lets up. But what does it actually mean to do leadership well as a team? How can it be done in a way that avoids frustration and burnout? How does team leadership best equip the staff and bless a congregation? What do the top church teams do to actually thrive together? Researchers and practitioners Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird have discovered churches of various sizes and traditions throughout the United States who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. Using actual church examples, they present their discoveries here, culminating in five disciplines that, if implemented, can enable your team to thrive. The result? A coaching tool for senior leadership teams that enables struggling teams to thrive, and resources teams doing well to do their work even better.
Church Growth Flywheel
Author: Rich Birch
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Are you ready to see your church impact more people than you have ever before? Are you tired of church leadership books that are long on theory but short on practical help? Have you wanted to reach more people in your community but you weren''t sure where to start? Are you worried that your church isn''t reaching its full potential? "Church Growth Flywheel : 5 Practical Systems To Drive Growth at Your Church" is full of helpful insights to help your church reach more people starting today! Bestselling author, Rich Birch, has pulled together his own hard-fought experience leading within one of the fastest growing churches in the country as well as over 200 interviews with church leaders from prevailing churches. What Church Leaders are Saying About Church Growth Flywheel: "Rich is right again. Momentum is hard to catch, easy to lose, and most important. If Flywheel has any importance, it has loads of importance. Don''t miss this book!" - Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor, North Point Community Church "Rich Birch has knocked it out of the park with Church Growth Flywheel. His new book is full of practical helps for church leaders looking to reach more people in their communities. Rich cuts through the theory and offers solid advice and guidance that you can put into action right away." - Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia "Rich Birch has been reading my mind! After reading the first 15 pages, I made this book mandatory reading for my entire staff." - Hal Seed, Chief Mentor at PastorMentor.com and Founding Pastor of New Song Community Church "What an incredible book! Rich has a unique way of sharing real and relevant practices from his experience and conversations that will no doubt be a game changer for you and your church community. Church Growth Flywheel is a gift to church leaders filled with practical yet challenging steps to help initiate growth and change within your community. And what church leader doesn''t want to see more lives changed by Christ!" - Sonja Waltman, Executive Director of Ministries at LCBC Church "Rich brings a wealth of passion, knowledge and experience to the subject of church growth. He presents a treasure trove of best practices and learnings around engaging people in your city with the message of Christ. Church Growth Flywheel is full practical steps that you can actually start doing and growing in your church, today. I''m so grateful for Rich''s voice on this subject and I think you will be too." - Carey Nieuwhof, Founding & Teaching Pastor, Connexus Church "I''ve followed Rich Birch for many years as he has had a front row seat to some of the fastest-growing churches in North America. That''s why I got excited when I heard he was releasing a book with some of what he has learned. You will be energized, informed, inspired, and equipped after reading Church Growth Flywheel." - Tim Stevens, Vice President of Consulting, Vanderbloemen Search Group "Insanely practical... super simple... and absolutely essential! Rich Birch has captured the disciplines and behaviors that will allow your church to experience growth that enables you to thrive. Buy one for every member of your team and read it together!" - Jenni Catron, Founder/CEO The 4Sight Group and author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership "Most pastors I meet are frustrated since they are trying tons of tactics for growth, but not seeing any results. It isn''t good enough to just go out and just do 100 things. Rich''s system is what they are lacking. For sustained growth, you need an end to end process that''s strategic and easy to follow. This book gives you the entire blueprint in one shot."- Kenny Jahng, Founder, Church Butler Social Media LOOK INSIDE for more endorsements!