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I Woke Up In HeavenHeaven 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.

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Emotionally-Healthy-Church-CoverIf 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.

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Spontaneous BaptismsElevation Church baptized 2,158 people over two weekends using spontaneous baptisms, and Pastor Steven Furtick has made available a transcript of his message, a celebration video, and a how-to guide for hosting your own spontaneous baptisms.

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Shifted CoverShifted: 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.

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A-Living-Legacy-Cover“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.

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The Productive PastorThe 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…

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Released_CarterWhat if, instead of growing our church by 100 or 200 or 2000 this year, we released those people from our church out into the world to do ministry in their workplaces, in their neighborhoods, or in their homes? If 2000 more people come to our church this year, very little changes. If 2000 people from within our church are released out into the world to be ministers of the gospel, everything changes.

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Ministry Process Design

The most successful churches are the ones who build a ministry process for their people to follow. As they grow, community members easily transition from one stage of their faith to another.

Successful churches also understand the importance of their website to this ministry process. They see it as an asset helping to broaden their reach, deepen engagement in community members, and disciple their communities–all online.

That’s why we’re pleased to release our newest free resource, “The Ultimate Guide to Ministry Process Design“.

What You’ll Find Inside

In this free ebook, you’ll find:

1. The highest-trafficked pages for The Village ChurchMariners Church, and The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

2. How each church creates ministry movement on their website.

3. What missional purpose the top pages of each website accomplish.

4. An opportunity for a free consultation from our team here at MonkDev.

Each of these churches have learned how to create movement on their website. We’ve given you some of the best examples, all for free.

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To Trust and Follow JesusMost local churches try to do too many things. They seek to worship God, serve the poor, reach lost people, proclaim justice, support one another and on and on. In this eBook, Founding and Lead Pastor Bob Harrington pursues the assertion that discipleship is the core purpose of the church. True disciples learn how to worship God, serve the poor, reach lost people, proclaim justice, support their members, etc. But if we try to “do all these things” without seeing them through our core focus of discipleship, people will lack direction and clarity.

Every book in the New Testament was written to help people trust and follow Jesus Christ–a.k.a.  discipleship. Every New Testament leader sought to help people become true disciples. And God’s desire is that every human He created would trust and follow Jesus Christ into eternity– the result of discipleship. It is the underlying purpose of the church.

When a church upholds this core purpose, it pushes everything back to Jesus. Jesus called people to be His disciples. He had a specific method for making disciples, and we are best off…

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Transformational RelationshipsA supplemental eBook for Missional Moves (Exponential Signature Series, Zondervan) by Rob Wegner & Jack Magruder

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 players from every domain of society, including parachurch organizations, NGO’s, business, school corporations, healthcare providers and government. If your church has a vision big enough to believe the Kingdom impacts all these areas, then high levels of partnership skills will be required.

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 both locally and globally. From Monroe Circle Community Center, a hub for neighborhood renewal in Granger’s inner city, to a movement of more than 1,000 reproducing churches in India that include more than 120,000 people.

Practical Help for Partnership with Organizations, Businesses and Government. In this eBook, you’ll discover hard-fought lessons like:

  • How to define shared mission with players from every domain of…

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Measuring the OrchardMeasuring The Orchard examines the emptiness of a ministry focused almost entirely on growing a single church, describes the natural life cycle all churches go through, and offers a better scorecard for defining success in ministry. Geoff Surratt lays out a “begin with the end in mind” view of church health and growth that leads to maximum Kingdom impact and ministry fulfillment.

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New Purpose Driven Life

The most basic question everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.

The Purpose-Driven Life takes the groundbreaking message of the award-winning Purpose-Driven Church and goes deeper, applying it to the lifestyle of individual Christians. This book helps readers understand God’s incredible plan for their lives. Warren enables them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live.

The Purpose-Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century…a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories and letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God’s five purposes for each of us:

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure
    • so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family