Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church


By Russ Rankin A desire to see churches infused with greater Gospel awareness — from the pulpit to the parking lot — prompted Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger and Josh Patterson to coauthor “Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church,” released by B&H Publishing Group. Chandler, lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church in Flower […]

Small Group Ministry versus Leading a New Kind of Tribe

Different Kind of Tribe

Traditional small group ministry might seem like a leap ahead of the lecture-based classroom in terms of relationship-building, but the rate of change in our surrounding culture still far outpaces the rate of change within the church. Small group ministry is changing. Again. And Rick Howerton, one of the few guys I read religiously concerning […]

Free Ebook: Transformational Partnerships – Church to Church

Transformational Partnerships

  Making disciples is a team sport. If a local church wants to disciple a neighborhood, community or city, they can’t do it alone. That kind of community transformation will require the local church to partner with other churches. When we say “church-to-church,” we’re not talking about swapping pulpits one week end a year with […]

7 Good Books for the Leader’s Library

Spiritual Influence

Recently, Pastor Rick tweeted, asking our community to talk about some good new books for leaders. You came through! Here are seven we’ve selected to highlight… Undaunted, by Josh McDowell Undaunted — both the book and an upcoming movie—chronicles the riveting true story of a young farm boy named Josh who carried unspeakable memories of […]

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The Jesus Film: Taking the Gospel to the Mobile World

Jesus Film Mobile App Screenshot

The story of Jesus Christ is one that is unchanging, no matter how you present it. But technology and our way of communicating is changing, and so is the way we share the gospel. Through a link on any social media site, or via a text message, or even chatting over coffee with someone, we […]

Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Deep and Wide

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it’s a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley’s newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend caught my attention. I pre-ordered it and […]

Coming Soon! What On Earth Am I Here For?

What On Earth Am I Here For? Book

The Church-Wide Campaign 10 years ago, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life which became the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. PDL has inspired and changed tens of millions of lives… more than any modern book. NOW, Rick has updated and expanded the […]

Rethinking the Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Jesus


Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola Jesus: A Theography (Thomas Nelson, 424 pages, hardcover) is the new release by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (authors of Jesus Manifesto). This new book uniquely tells the story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation, connecting all the dots together, showing that the Bible is one beautiful narrative of Christ. […]

Missional Moves: 15 Tectonic Shifts to Embrace

Missional Moves

How does a local church move toward being the church Jesus has called us to be? In the latest addition to Exponential’s Signature Series, Missional Moves: 15 Tectonic Shifts That Transform Churches, Communities and the World (Zondervan), authors Rob Wegner and Jack Magruder—both on staff at Granger Community Church—share what they’ve learned on Granger’s 10-year journey toward […]

Bicyclists Need New Church Plants Too

The Bikeable Church

The Bikeable Church: A Bicyclist’s Guide to Church Planting is an off-the-cuff look and exploration into the bicycling world in Portland. More than that, it pokes and prods church planting in the urban petri dish to discover what it’d be like to plant pedal-powered churches. Chalked full of stories, antics, and slightly questionable research, The […]

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