Move. A word that captures the discipleship passion all pastors share: to help move their people’s hearts and lives to a deeper love of God and others. Now MOVE For Church Planters provides a powerful, condensed summary of how any church—and, in particular, newly established churches—can be more effective at discipleship. This concisely written eBook is based on the top findings for church planters to emerge from REVEAL, an unprecedented survey launched by Willow Creek Community Church in 2004 that now represents the input of close to half a million people in 1,500 churches. And it includes a never-before-available bonus: an interview with Willow Creek’s senior pastor, Bill Hybels, who—based on nearly four decades of ministry experience—shares what he would do, the same and differently, if he were starting a church today. Bill’s counsel, plus the insights provided by churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area, make MOVE For Church Planters a must-read for those dreaming about the promise of the new churches they are in the process of planning, launching or growing to their greatest potential.Continue Reading
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Most parents have huge hopes for their children. Peace, safety, ample provision, happiness and the American Dream. But God has a bigger dream for your family that should make you rethink everything. People are leaving the church in droves. Three out four children will also choose to opt out Americanized Christian religion. Why? It doesn’t capture the heart, stretch the mind, or call for any substance. Fortunately, God’s story is big enough and the “Family” remains His best way to inspire, include and disciple the missional life in our children. A Righteous Brood is a prophetic call, but also a practical guide to making the home the front line of mission.
Inside A Righteous Brood, Hugh Halter will take you behind the scenes of this family as they planted two churches. With a severely disabled son, a 50 hour-a-week job as a house painter, and two other children in hockey six days a week, Hugh will get beyond the fluff and help you see God’s power behind a family that…Continue Reading
On Sunday, January 6th, Pastor Rick delivered a sermon to prepare the Saddleback church community for the upcoming campaign What On Earth Am I Here For?. If your church is starting the campaign on the National launch day of February 3rd, we thought you could use this sermon to prepare your members and start to talk about forming small groups. We are offering this download free, and we will offer next week’s sermon for free as well.
Thousands of churches will be taking part in What On Earth Am I Here For? and we can’t wait to hear about how it affects your church. Please make sure to email us with testimonies or any questions at email@example.com.
Getting Ready For The Rest Of Your Life by Rick WarrenContinue Reading
As church leaders, we know people won’t become disciples by sitting through services or just studying the Bible in classrooms. Jesus showed us that mission is the context for making disciples who can make disciples. Every church leader faces huge barriers like busyness and fear, keeping our people away from mission.
They don’t teach you this stuff in seminary. You only learn this through blood, sweat and tears on the frontlines. Granger Community Church has seen thousands move out on mission, culminating in redemptive movements locally and globally. From Monroe Circle Community Center, a hub for neighborhood renewal in the inner city, to a movement of more than 1.000 reproducing churches in India that includes more than 120,000 people.
Practical Help to Help People Move Deeper Into Mission
In this eBook, through the story of Granger Community Church, you’ll discover practical help in mobilizing people toward mission in incremental steps. People need a series of steps into deeper engagement with mission. You’ll discover hard-fought lessons like:
- How to develop a spectrum of involvement across local, regional, cross-cultural and global engagement.
- How to include people from all…
Heaven is near. Triggered by the recent passing of his mother, pastor/author David Putman has been on an all-out search for glimpses of heaven and eternity. As he read books and studied Scripture, and reflected on life situations (such as the joyous homecoming of his son from military deployment), Putman says he has begun to understand the full depth of Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
“I am convinced that heaven is closer than we think, that the abundant life has already begun,” Putman writes. While we will all walk through trials in this life, Putman shows us that we can all learn to look for those moments of heaven breaking through.Continue Reading
If you are seeking to plant a church, one of the greatest challenges you will face is doing so without losing your soul. The endlessly demanding and all-consuming nature of church planting will exert unique pressures on your interior life with Jesus, your marriage (if applicable), and your integrity. In The Emotionally Healthy Church Planter, Pete Scazzero draws from his twenty-five years of experience planting and pastoring a church in New York City, and lays out a radical, life-transforming pathway for deeply rooting your work for Jesus in the rich soil of a life with Jesus.Continue Reading
Shifted: The Crossing Story is a case study on the steps taken to turn The Crossing Church from the exclusively attractional model to one based on relational discipleship. Harris shows how these changes can take place even in a very large and multi-site church.The eBook explores the steps we took and the necessary order to take them. It points out the challenges we faced in the process and some of the potential pitfalls to watch out for. The eBook would be a great practical help for any church wanting to make the turn to relational discipleship as smoothly and effectively as possible.Continue Reading
“What you get saved into is more important than what you get saved out of.” These words have rung loudly in Chris Wienand’s story. He was discipled into a journey in which he and the others with him believed they could impact the nations through church planting. That journey put a spin on discipleship that deeply fashioned his life. In Genesis, Adam and Eve were called to “increase, multiply and fill the earth.” Jesus, in turn, provided Himself as a model for discipling others who would launch out on an epic,God adventure and see nations touched with this glorious Gospel. This mandate got lodged in Chris’ heart and has fashioned 30 years of ministry. A Living Legacy is that story.Continue Reading
The role of a pastor is challenging because our job is unique. We are called to wear several hats, many times simultaneously. Some mornings I look at my calendar and see the variety of tasks and appointments before me and I wonder how I don’t go postal by lunch.
While leading a church is a challenge, I have found in working with thousands of pastors that most pastors struggle to feel productive throughout the day. We all know there are sermons to write, calls to make, leaders to invest in and staff to encourage, but making sure our responsibilities get done is difficult. Many pastors go to bed at night wondering is they’ve made any tangible difference in the world because they spent the day putting out fires rather than putting points on the board.
The Productive Pastor ebook gives you the practical tools to get your work done so you can go home early and invest in your kids and spend time with your wife. My goal is to help you get your life back. When take these three practices and put them to use…Continue Reading