Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to love God with our whole selves (heart, soul, mind, strength) and to love our neighbor as ourselves. However, modern Christianity has too often subdivided these commands: We have the evangelism camp and the mercy camp. Justice requires both truth (loving God) and grace (loving others) to be present in equal portions. In The Greater Good, author Jay Hein challenges Christians with the message that faithfulness requires action. Jesus said that the world will know that we love Him by how we love one another. The “how” is a critical factor. Just as faith without works is dead, compassion (giving, serving) without adhering to God’s truth often does more harm than good. Putting our faith in action with truth and grace on display honors God, blesses others and brings shalom to the world. In this eBook, Hein, former director of the U.S. Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, delivers compelling stories of historic and contemporary Christian exemplars who practice vocational stewardship, who live generously, and who seek a good return for their kingdom investments. The Greater Good drives home the message that God’s great mission to restore all…Continue Reading
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New York Times bestselling author Doug Wead, “Not a 1,000 page encyclopedia of facts but rather a riveting tale, with one story blending seamlessly into the next. In fact, it is all stories, page turning, wonderful stories and then suddenly bam, you have just lived 2,000 years, thank you.”
Topics covered in this eBook include:
- 50+ men and women who took the gospel around the world in every generation
- A comprehensive look at Church history through the eyes of evangelistic leaders
- Practical ideas to share your faith from these people’s stories
Jesus’ last promise was a lasting one–power from the Spirit to effectively reach people through a clear witness (Acts 1:8). This offer is not just for extroverts or cool churches. Every disciple and church can exponentially increase their impact when they understand and prioritize “Spirit-led” ministry. In this eBook, pastor and author Larry Walkemeyer explores Gal. 5:25: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. “Going” with the gospel is good. “Going” with the gospel, led by the Spirit, is far better, he writes, asserting that Christians are often unproductive in evangelism because they are unresponsive to the Spirit. Through insightful, scriptural teaching and relevant true stories, Led imparts vital principles of “tuning into the Spirit”; opening doors for the gospel through Spirit-led prayer; journeying through each day with “two ears open”; and stepping out in “power beyond our own.” Walkemeyer invites us into the gospel adventures of living “led.”
- Inspiring real-life stories of how individuals and churches (including introverted people and churches) have engaged the Spirit to be more effective and in some cases, bold, witnesses to the gospel…
As God builds your church, He has a very unique personality in mind for it that is designed to engage your community in very specific ways. But if you’re not careful, you can miss it. In our fast-paced culture, you may feel pressured to define that design before you ever hit the ground. God has been preparing your community for a long time, and He has invited you to step into what He has prepared. He wants you to join Him in what He is already doing. This “5 P” approach to city engagement Rich Gorman writes about in his new eBook will help you to think differently about your city and lead you to reimagine the ways God is inviting you to join Him as he heals your city for His glory.
- Detailed look at the dynamics of a community critical to engaging a city: power centers, economy, celebration, pain areas and gatekeepers (Person of Peace)
- A simplified process for understanding these dynamics called the 5 Ps: Power, Pennies, Parties, Pain, Person of Peace
- How Jesus interacted with these five dynamics
- How to discern and identify the unique…
Christians believe, want to know God’s Word and come eager to hear your preaching. Non-Christians don’t believe, aren’t that interested in God’s Word, but sometimes end up in your services. So how do you preach to the unconvinced? How do you destroy the negative stereotypes they have about God, the church, and you as the preacher? And how do you help them to have ears to hear what God has to say to them? This new eBook from church planter Vince Antonucci is divided into seven practical principles Antonucci has found to be critical and effective in preaching to the unconvinced. With each principle, he offers helpful examples of how he puts them into action, as well as inspiring real-life stories of how the unconvinced have become convinced. Download the FREE eBook.
- Seven proven principles for preaching to the unconvinced
- Strategies for busting stereotypes of pastors, churches and Christians
- How to evaluate and use your preaching to create a safe place for the unconvinced
- How to creatively use culture to build bridges
- How to anticipate and proactively…
Encouraging your typical church member to live missionally is easier said than done. Most people like the whole missional idea, but aren’t sure what it means for their everyday lives. In this new eBook by internationally recognized missiologist and author Michael Frost, The Five Habits of Highly Missional People: Taking the BELLS Challenge to Fulfill the Mission of God, Frost presents five missional habits that every believer can live out—habits that will send them out into the lives of others, as well as binding them to each other and connecting them more deeply to God. Drawing on many years of experience as a missional leader, Michael Frost, presents what has been a complex set of ideas (the missional paradigm) in a way that anyone can adopt and live out. Download the eBook.
Using the acrostic BELLS, this eBook will help you to:
- Present an easy-to-understand, easy-to-adopt set of practices for everyone who loves Christ.
- Discover how to (1) bless others, (2) eat missionally, (3) listen to the Spirit, (4) learn Christ and (5) be sent into your neighborhood.
- Equip believers to see themselves as “sent ones.”
- Foster habits in…
New eBook! As you think about your place of mission, who has Jesus called you to love intentionally? In this new eBook, missional thought leader Alex Absalom offers a thorough explanation and exploration of the “Person of Peace” strategy that Jesus used throughout His ministry–and Absalom shows us how to identify and reach our own person of peace. Your Person of Peace, he explains, is someone who doesn’t yet know Christ but welcomes you and opens up their network of relationships to you. “Person of Peace is a powerful yet simple concept that Jesus has given to His church so that almost anyone can become an effective witness for Him! I believe that many, many disciples can be released to go out as witnesses simply by implementing this basic strategy that Jesus taught,” Absalom writes. Because Person of Peace is all about honoring existing friendships, reaching your neighborhood or network of relationships becomes natural, not forced or contrived. The Viral Gospel shows you how this 2,000-year-old concept empowers and equips you to reach the people in your place of mission. Download The Viral Gospel here.
Widely known as a watershed book that has transformed the thinking and practices of church leaders worldwide, Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways is now available in Spanish.
Missional thought leader Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church–a movement which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million 200 years later. Similar meteoric growth has also been recorded in history and is currently being seen in many apostolic movements throughout the world today. How do they do it?
Caminos Olividanos proposes the concept of “apostolic genius” as a way to understand what caused the church to experience exponential growth and impact at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes readers through this dynamic mixture of…Continue Reading
I am excited to release a new (free) e-book, The Effective Church. There is a lot written about how to be strategic, innovative and cutting edge, but the bottom line for any church is how to be effective. How can we leverage the resources God has given us to make the most impact on our community? In this free e-book I share some common sense (and not so common sense) challenges and solutions for the church that wants to reach people far from God in their neighborhood. This is not a book to read as an individual, but a workbook to dive into as a team.
- Five resolutions your church should keep
- How to leverage Christmas and Easter
- Cracking your church’s secret code
- Rescuing Sunday School (sort of)
- Fixing your terrible signs
- Why visitors don’ come back
Each chapter includes discussion questions for teams to dive deep on what their church does well and where they can improve. You can download The Effective Church (and other free resources) here. Let me know if the book is useful, thanks!Continue Reading
Keeping Score: How to Know If Your Church Is Winning For most church leaders today, the idea of keeping score is a mystery about what really counts; what we should count; and how to put points on the scoreboard to know for sure their church is winning and advancing the cause of Christ. In Keeping Score: How to Know If Your Church is Winning–the debut title in Exponential’s 2014 “Seek and Save” free eBooks series– pastor and author Dave Ferguson demystifies the “keeping score” concept to help you create a new scorecard grounded in solid theology and ministry practice that can tell your church if God’s kingdom is winning and advancing Jesus’ mission.
- Three metrics and three questions to help you create a scoreboard that fits with your unique context
- The difference between the scoreboard and the scorecard
- Proven help for measuring disciple making, mission and movement making.