How to Build a Healthy Church (Second Edition)

A Practical Guide for Deliberate Leadership

Author: Mark Dever

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 720

A Newly Updated and Rebranded Edition of The Deliberate Church If churches are the dwelling place of God’s Spirit, why are so many built around the strategies of man? Eager for church growth, leaders can be lured by entertaining new schemes, forgetting to keep doctrinal truth as their driving force. Churches must find a way out of the maze of programs and methods and humbly lean on the sufficiency of God’s Word. How to Build a Healthy Church, a revised and expanded edition of The Deliberate Church, challenges leaders to evaluate their motivations for ministry and provides practical examples of healthy, deliberate leadership. Written as a companion handbook for Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, it covers important topics including membership, worship, responsible evangelism, and church roles. This is more than a step-by-step plan to mimic; it’s a biblical blueprint for pastors, elders, and anyone committed to the church’s vitality.

How to Build a Healthy Church

A Practical Guide

Author: Mark Dever

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Church management

Page:

View: 737

"How to Build a Healthy Church is a consideration of what the principles laid out in Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Mark Dever) have looked like, at least in some of their practical details, in the life of the local church. American evangelicalism is dripping with different kinds of churches: The Emerging Church, The Purpose Driven Church, The Connecting Church, The Disciple-Making Church, a critical assessment called The Market Driven Church, and almost any other kind of church you could possibly want. The aim of this book is to hold up a way of doing things that has been recovered from centuries past-a church driven and governed by the gospel"--

How to Build a Healthy Church

A Practical Guide

Author: Mark Dever

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Church management

Page:

View: 502

"How to Build a Healthy Church is a consideration of what the principles laid out in Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Mark Dever) have looked like, at least in some of their practical details, in the life of the local church. American evangelicalism is dripping with different kinds of churches: The Emerging Church, The Purpose Driven Church, The Connecting Church, The Disciple-Making Church, a critical assessment called The Market Driven Church, and almost any other kind of church you could possibly want. The aim of this book is to hold up a way of doing things that has been recovered from centuries past-a church driven and governed by the gospel"--

Planting Healthy Churches for an Unchurched Community: Leaving a Legacy to Build On

Author: Nakia Melecio

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN:

Category:

Page:

View: 436

Planting new churches is a dedicated response and reasonable service to fulfilling God's mission. This critical church planting is not only the focus of today's Christians, but it is also the theological and practical subject of numerous Christian studies that tout scripturally based work for shoring up today's church. Nakia Melecio is answering God's call to support local churches, both old and new, and the outcry of God's people in a heartfelt attempt through conferences, workbooks, websites, and many other substantive pathways for spiritual founding and healing. Church planting is necessary, but it is no easy feat. Nakia Melecio's ministry will help struggling churches to reinvent themselves and new churches to plant firmly and deeply on solid rock. Through steadfast diligence and unwavering faith, God's mission can and will be fulfilled. Nakia Melecio shares the vision of how to build a legacy and ultimately claim the victory-methodically, effectively, spiritually, and graciously.

Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

Mandate, Commitments, and Practices of a Diverse Congregation

Author: Mark DeYmaz

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 210

View: 753

Through personal stories, proven experience, and a thorough analysis of the biblical text, Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church illustrates both the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church and the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most proven multi-ethnic churches in the country, writes from both his experience and his extensive study of how to plant, grow, and encourage more ethnically diverse churches. He argues that the "homogenous unit principle" will soon become irrelevant and that the most effective way to spread the gospel in an increasingly diverse world is through strong and vital multi-ethnic churches. Apart from ethnically and economically diverse relationships, we cannot understand others different from ourselves, develop trust for others who are different than us, and/or love others different than ourselves. Apart from understanding, trust, and love, we are less likely to get involved in the plight of others different than ourselves. Without involvement, nothing changes, and the disparaging consequences of systemic racism remain entrenched in our culture. Surely, it breaks the heart of God to see so many churches segregated ethnically or economically from one another, and that little has changed in the many years since it was first observed that eleven o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in the land.

Budgeting for a Healthy Church

Aligning Finances with Biblical Priorities for Ministry

Author: Jamie Dunlop

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 988

Many pastors conceive of the church budget as primarily a financial tool, but in fact it is primarily a pastoral tool. A church's philosophy of ministry is locked into its budget, and so the budget will either stifle or accelerate any attempts to move a congregation toward a biblical model of church health. As such, the church budget is a far more potent pastoral tool than many church leaders realize. Budgeting for a Healthy Church examines each section of the budget in light of Biblical principles to show how a church budget can lock in healthy approaches to ministry. Whereas most books on church budgeting are "how" books, explaining how the budgeting process should work, this is a "what" book, helping church leaders determine the pastoral implications of what they choose to fund in their budgets.

Streamline

How to Create Healthy Church Systems

Author: Michael Lukaszewski

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Church

Page: 238

View: 555

"You are confident of your calling. You are leading a church with an important mission. You’ve got a carefully worded vision statement, a set of core values, and leaders who say they want to make it happen. But does it feel like you’re not making any real progress? Does it feel like you’re stuck solving the same problems over and over again? Does it seem that you’re always talking about potential, or tomorrow, or after the next hire? After twenty years in ministry, I’ve learned that passion isn’t enough. You can have a clear mission, but without organization you won’t get everyone moving in the right direction. You can preach the vision, but if you don’t have a clear path ready for people, your vision talk will be just talk. I bet you don’t have a mission problem, or a facility problem, or even a volunteer problem. I know it’s trendy to talk multi-site, and popular to run a 40 day campaign. New service times, new programs, and new websites are like candy that captures attention in the checkout aisle. But it’s likely these aren’t the issues holding you back. You can start new services and hire a branding company to create a new website, and in three years from now you’ll likely be in the same place. That’s because you’re knee deep in a system problem. Streamline will help you create and implement healthy systems across all the departments in your church. You'll create alignment with your team and build focus into your ministries. You'll know what's working and why. Each short chapter focuses on one system you can create or improve. You'll walk away with actionable ideas ready to execute. Streamline will help you organize your church around the important mission." --summary provided by Amazon.com

The Healthy Churches' Handbook

A Process for Revitalizing Your Church

Author: Robert Warren

Publisher: Canterbury Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 647

A practical guide that helps churches identify their strengths and weaknesses and discover what action to take in order to develop the health of their church. It focuses on the quality of the church's life rather than just the numbers attending.

Growing A Healthy Church

Author: Dann Spader

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 108

"Sheep swapping", "shuffling of the saints"- Whatever you call it, many churches are growing only because Christians transfer from one church to another. What's more, many churches aren't growing at all. The problem, according to authors, Dann Spader and Gary Mayes, is that too many church calendars are filled with outdated, mediocre programs that have become more of a burden than a blessing. That, coupled with the fact that these programs minister almost exclusively to Christians, leaves little for the non-Christian "seeker" to get excited about. Growing a Healthy Church is not a list of trendy new programs for your church agenda. It is a journey of rediscovery. Spader and Mayes look closely at the four stages of spiritual growth in relation to outreach. Using the innovative "M-level" system, these gifted men show how a church can minister to all individuals regardless of their levels of maturity in potential service. This helps eliminate the mistakes of forcing new Christians into service that may overwhelm them or may leave the mature Christian unchallenged. Proven successful through SonLife and churches who have used this system, this resource will help you focus on the simplicity of Christ's ministry, enabling you to build an effective discipling strategy for your church.

The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded Edition

A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives

Author: Peter Scazzero

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 299

True Discipleship Integrates Emotional and Spiritual Health. New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, had it all: powerful teaching, dynamic ministries, an impressive growth rate, and a vision to do great works for God. Things looked good---but beneath the surface, circumstances were more than just brewing. They were about to boil over, forcing Peter Scazzero to confront needs in his church and himself that went deeper than he’d ever imagined. What he learned about the vital link between emotional health, relational depth, and spiritual maturity can shed new light on painful problems in your own church. Here are refreshing new insights, and a different and challenging slant on what it takes to lead your congregation to wholeness and maturity in Christ. Our churches are in trouble, says Scazzero. They are filled with people who are ·unsure how to biblically integrate anger, sadness, and other emotions ·defensive, incapable of revealing their weaknesses ·threatened by or intolerant of different viewpoints ·zealous about ministering at church but blind to their spouses’ loneliness at home ·so involved in “serving” that they fail to take care of themselves ·prone to withdraw from conflict rather than resolve it Sharing from New Life Fellowship’s painful but liberating journey, Scazzero reveals exactly how the truth can and does make people free---not just superficially, but deep down. After offering a new vision of discipleship and a revealing, guided self-assessment of your own spiritual and emotional maturity, The Emotionally Healthy Church takes you through six principles that can make a profound difference in your church. You’ll acquire knowledge and tools that can help you and others · look beneath the surface of problems · break the power of past wounds, failures, sins, and circumstances · live a life of brokenness and vulnerability · recognize and honor personal limitations and boundaries · embrace grief and loss · make incarnation your model to love others. Written in a personal and passionate style, The Emotionally Healthy Church includes hands-on tools, discussion questions, spotlights on key points, and story after story of people at New Life whose lives have been changed by the concepts in this book. Open these pages, and find out how your church can turn a new corner on the road to spiritual maturity.

Developing Healthy Churches

Returning to the Heart of Mission and Ministry

Author: Robert Warren

Publisher: Church House Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 214

View: 991

Developing Healthy Churches is an utterly practical and realistic guide for any leader seeking to revitalize and grow their church. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Healthy Churches' Handbook, this new volume will help you implement tried and tested approaches for healthy church growth in your parish. Realistic and encouraging, disarmingly honest and grounded in the reality of parish life, it will help you build up your church in several key areas: nurturing spirituality re-thinking pastoral care refreshing the home group engaging in mission expressing Christian values Whether your church is large or small, well-resourced or struggling, here is an essential resource for revitalizing your life and mission. A study guide is also included, making this ideal as a parish development course.

Becoming a Healthy Church

Ten Traits of a Vital Ministry

Author: Stephen A. Macchia

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 509

A healthy church is possible. Here are ten traits to help you diagnose the state of your church and start it down the path to improvement.

Establishing a Healthy Church

Things We Need to Know and Do in the Body of Christ

Author: Madison Clark Jr

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 132

View: 851

This book is written to help believers know they can be spiritually healthy and bring spiritual health to their local church bodies. It's not an attempt to present anything new or to discredit any spiritual thoughts or views. It will help Christians better manage what Jesus has already established - His church. Jesus says, "upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"(Matthew 16:18). This is the assurance that the founder, foundation, formation, fellowship, future, and function of the church are right. However, members the body of Christ must have spiritual checkups by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to keep themselves healthy for Christ. Its design is to assure Christians that they are following the divine mandates set by Jesus by bringing them into view of the spiritual and physical works of the church. It will resurrect Gospel Communication and Love, which many believers have allowed to remain dormant. It challenges people to open their hearts and mind to the Holy Spirit as He attempts to guide them into all truths through transformation, unity, and true spirituality. It will help women in the church discover their identities rather than search for their roles as they follow God's word more closely. It also helps believers depend on the resurrected Christ for their assurance. This book enhances (Jesus), but it helps us see the whole picture of the church and not just a few personal, isolated, individual views, trying to make sense. It will help settle doctrinal disputes and assist in church discipline. There are many ways spiritual health can be maintained in the church. I have pinpointed only a few to inspire believers to bring spiritual health to your life, the church and the lives of people everywhere.

Planting Healthy Churches for an Unchurched Community: Leaving a Legacy to Build On

Author: Nakia Melecio

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page:

View: 423

Planting new churches is a dedicated response and reasonable service to fulfilling God’s mission. This critical church planting is not only the focus of today’s Christians, but it is also the theological and practical subject of numerous Christian studies that tout scripturally based work for shoring up today’s church. Nakia Melecio is answering God’s call to support local churches, both old and new, and the outcry of God’s people in a heartfelt attempt through conferences, workbooks, websites, and many other substantive pathways for spiritual founding and healing. Church planting is necessary, but it is no easy feat. Nakia Melecio’s ministry will help struggling churches to reinvent themselves and new churches to plant firmly and deeply on solid rock. Through steadfast diligence and unwavering faith, God’s mission can and will be fulfilled. Nakia Melecio shares the vision of how to build a legacy and ultimately claim the victory—methodically, effectively, spiritually, and graciously. Publisher:

The Plurality Principle

How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team

Author: Dave Harvey

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 294

Building and Sustaining a Thriving Leadership Culture Essential to every healthy church is a biblical model of leadership. In the New Testament, church leadership is built around a team of elders working together, each bringing his own unique skills and gifts to the cause of shepherding the flock God entrusted to them. However, in many churches today the principle of plurality in leadership is often misunderstood, mistakenly applied, or completely ignored. Dave Harvey encourages church leaders to prioritize plurality for the surprising ways that it helps churches to flourish. This book not only builds a compelling case for churches to adopt and maintain biblical elder pluralities guided by solid leadership but also supplies practical tools to help elders work together for transformation.

Building the Body

Transforming Relationships in the Local Church

Author: Pamela Evans

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Christian life

Page: 189

View: 892

The author describes how to build a healthy church based on biblical principals and shows how ordinary Christians can help each other to grow spiritually. She also looks at how to avoid the spiritual workaholism described in her book Driven Beyond the Call of God. This book includes group study material, looking at particular relationships in the Bible and what they can teach us about relating to one another; and practical exercises to develop listening skills and other skills referred to in the text.

The Measure of a Healthy Church

How God Defines Greatness in a Church

Author: Gene A. Getz

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 708

In a world of competing voices about what church is all about, Gene Getz, with the wisdom God has granted him over decades of ministry, provides a solidly grounded and thoroughly biblical approach to how God assesses the strength, health, and maturity of a local church. Previously titled The Measure of a Church. He addresses... -The definition of the church -The standard of measure by which the church should be defined (Is it centered on Christ? Does it display the fruit of the Spirit? Is it growing in its ability to display faith, hope, and love?) -How does one measure leadership? -How does one measure worship? -What is the one, ultimate standard the church is measured by?