In Creating a Missional Culture, JR Woodward offers a bold and surprisingly refreshing model for churches--not small adjustments around the periphery of a church's infrastructure but a radical revisioning of how a church ought to look, from its leadership structure to its mobilization of the laity. The end result looks surprisingly like the church that Jesus created and the apostles cultivated: a church not chasing the wind but rather going into the world and making disciples of Jesus.
Don Everts and Doug Schaupp
How do people come to Jesus in a postmodern culture? Don Everts and Doug Schaupp—two self-described "missionaries to the college campus"—interviewed 2,000 postmodern converts to find out.
Everts and Schaupp are quick to anticipate the groans of people who don't care for the nebulous "postmodern" jargon, defining upfront what postmodernity means to them:
It's how things are right now. It's the in between times. We are more experiential than propositional in our connection to truth. We are more communal than individualistic. We value authenticity over theory. We understand struggle more than naïve certainty. We are in process, and we will be different in ten or twenty years.
As suggestions of certainty and conclusiveness evidently give these two the willies, one can imagine their frisson when they actually found common, verifiable principles underlying every testimony they heard. Or, more in keeping with the language of the book, they found that postmodern converts shared strikingly similar experiences.
The church was never designed to be a fortress for the righteous, but a flood of revolutionaries, bringing the Good News of the Kingdom to broken lives and broken communities. Today, millions of Christians are awakening to the holism of the gospel call, expanding their understanding of mission beyond just touching individual lives to impacting and transforming entire communities with the message of God's grace.
Veteran church leaders Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson observe that Jesus begins his mission in the temple, where he wows the religious elite and chides his parents by saying, "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But Jesus doesn't stay in the temple; indeed, in Christ the temple of the Lord is on the move--even to the ends of the earth.
Movements that change the world are characterized by white-hot faith, commitment to a cause, contagious relationships, rapid mobilization, and adaptive methods, Jesus founded a missionary movement. His followers are called to continue his mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Multiplying Missional Leaders from Half-hearted Volunteers to a Mobilized Kingdom Force. While most churches believe they have leadership development programs, in actuality, they have programs that recruit and train volunteers, not leaders. A volunteer is someone who executes someone else's vision. A leader is someone with a vision of their own. In truth, there are often only a few leaders in the average church and everyone else are simply executing their vision.
Multiplying Missional Leaders looks to re-embrace the missio Dei—to learn again the art that Jesus mastered: the task of multiplying missional leaders and releasing them to the cracks and crevices of society where there is little-to-no Kingdom presence.
Join Reggie McNeal in person in this lively video presentation, based on his best-selling book, The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. In this ten-session four-DVD curriculum you will accompany best-selling author Reggie McNeal and his studio audience as they explore the six most important new realities that church leaders must face as they are to move beyond "churchianity" to a more authentic and missional Christian faith. By changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their mission, they can reshape the Christian movement in North America acknowledge generational shifts, and provide stimulating new ways of thinking about the missional possibilities of the church.
It has recently become acceptable, and even fashionable, to refer to one's church as "missional." But many churches misunderstand the concept, thinking of "going missional" as simply being a necessary add-on to church-as-usual. This domestication of what is actually a very bold paradigm shift makes missional nothing more than one more trick to see church growth.
With a light hand and a pastoral spirit, Michael Frost points out how church practitioners are not quite there yet. He reestablishes the ground rules, redefines the terms accurately, and insists that the true prophetic essence of "being missional" comes through undiluted. This clear corrective will take ministry leaders from "not missional yet" to well on their way.
This book could change your mind about how you view church, mission, and the culture we've been called to influence. Its strength is that it pops open new thought while telling about how the ideas flesh out in real life.
The Tangible Kingdom will help you re-language your conversations as a Christian leader so that you can imagine different solutions for greater missional effectiveness. Their cultural analysis is good missiology. The descriptions they provide of how they operate give you you concrete ways to move forward if you want to become more incarnational. Hugh and Matt give you a hope. Hope of experiencing the Kingdom here and now.
Everyone is talking about community, Everyone seems to want it, most complain if they don't find it, but it's harder to pull off than you'd think. As we said in The Tangible Kingdom, God's ways are natural, but they aren't easy - especially at first. New ways of life must be formed in us through hours, days, and years of intentional practice.
The Primer is about building life-long habits, with two primary purposes: first as a formation tool to prepare your heart for mission, and second as a field guide for starting mission together.
Jesus founded a missionary movement that now spans the globe. His followers are called to continue his mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.
A movement is a group of people pursuing a common cause. Movements are characterized by discontent, vision, and action. For good or for evil, movements change the world.
From biblical, historical, and contemporary case studies, we can identify five recurring characteristics of dynamic missionary movements.
Mike Breen and Steve Cockram
Much ink and many pages have been devoted to all of the missional issues facing the Western church today. As our culture becomes more post-Christian with each passing day, we are all realizing that what has worked in the past is no longer working, that we are far less effective for the Kingdom than we were even 10 years ago. But we would suggest it isn't because we don't know what the Great Commission states or the imperatives of the Gospel, or that our church services just aren't getting it done.
The truth of the matter is that we don't have a missional problem or leadership problem in the Western church. We have a discipleship problem. If we make disciples like Jesus made them, we'll never have a problem finding leaders or seeing new people coming to faith.
Cultivating a Life for God takes an in-depth look at a tool called Life Transformation Groups and explains how this tool can release the awesome power of multiplication in your Church.
Missional Essentials is a response to Jesus' commandment for us to love God with our all in all: "And he answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.' (Luke 10:27) Each lesson includes components that engage our heart and soul, mind, and strength, as we move forward on the missional quest of loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The monumental classic on discipleship and leadership training. A complete exposition of how Christ prepared His twelve disciples.
Evangelism / Witnessing
Cultivating spiritual friendships is about conversation and relationships. It's about influence, invitation and companionship. Cultivating spiritual friendships is our challenge, our opportunity; it is something we are privileged to do.
The purpose of this guide is to assist and encourage you to be intentional about cultivating spiritual friendships. As we build friendships first, God provides opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus.
This guide will help you take your first steps in nurturing authentic friendships with those who are around you. You may be a conversation away from having an eternal impact on your neighbors.
On one momentous day two thousand years ago, all at once, three thousand people decided to follow Jesus. What was all that about? What were they getting themselves into? What is it like to follow Jesus--then and now?
Don Everts paints a picture of following Jesus by looking at the experiences of the earliest Christians. He recounts what happened, what they believed, what they did next and what it all might mean for us today.
H2O is an evocative, DVD-driven, group-oriented journey of faith. Hosted by Kyle Idleman, Preaching Associate at Southeast Christian Church, the 10 episodes of high-definition video are a new way to share your faith. It's an invitation to get together, enjoy a meal, watch a DVD, have a conversation, and end with an invitation to be transformed through the living water of Jesus Christ. This kit contains all the planning tools and resources for the church, ministry, small group, or individual to lead an H2O journey.
Both H2o and Storm DVD collections are avalible in the Chuch library.
This is not just another book on evangelism. It's a simple idea of evangelism through friendship first, and the opportunities to share your faith that follow. It will bring friendships you already have to a new levels, and create opportunities for new, authentic friendships with those you will eventually meet.
Tired of defending Christianity?
There's good news...you don't have to. Author Carl Medearis is not interested in keeping Christianity alive. Not one bit. Carl believes it has grown into something that is rarely attractive, frequently divisive, and all too often embarrassing. He believes you may feel this way too. In his new book, Speaking of Jesus, Carl gives us a wink and a grin and the permission to stop feeding this thing called Christianity. His offer is that doing so allows us the freedom to relax and feed on Jesus.
STORM is a supplemental DVD resource that answers the top 10 questions about the Christian faith. This 10 DVD apologetics tool will help group hosts deal with tough questions that arise during the H20 journey. Kyle Idleman deals with each topic on a separate DVD, designed to be used during an H2O meeting or as a follow-up tool between sessions.
Both H2o and Storm DVD collections are avalible in the Chuch library.
Many people have at one time or another found their prayer life unsatisfying. But prayer should be -and can be- so much more! Prayer is one of the most exciting and powerful privileges of faith! In Why Pray, you learn through forty insightful readings how prayer transcends words to become a satisfying relationship with God.
We believe parents have been called to lead their children and teach them to be followers of Jesus. For this reason, we equip parents to instruct their children and prepare them for First Communion. Parents are given the materials to use for this process. Children celebrate their First Communions individually when they and their families are ready.
How to Eat Your Bible God's Word as Food for Your Soul is a video-based classroom/small group resource teaches simple and nourishing methods of reading and reflecting on Scripture that help participants taste, savor and digest God's Word.
The participant guide includes inspiring classic quotes and prayers from the Scriptures, key Bible meditation methods, tips for Bible reflection difficulties, quiet time aids, passages for at-home reflection, room for notes, a format for ongoing Scripture reflection groups and more.
As you read God's Word these questions act as a guide to help you READ with decernment, REFLECT on what God wants you to know, RESPOND to His will and REMEMBER what you have learned. These questions can be asked when reading God's Word by yourself, with a friend, or in
Your desire for more of God than you have right now, your longing for love, your need for deeper levels of spiritual transformation than you have experienced so far is the truest thing about you. You might think that your woundedness or your sinfulness is the truest thing about you or that your giftedness or your personality type or your job title or your identity as a husband or wife, mother or father, somehow defines you. But in reality, it is your desire for God and your capacity to reach for more of God and your capacity to reach for more of God than you have right now that is the deepest essence of who you are… From this place we cry out to God for deeper union with him and with others.
This devotion was put together by the Church for a Lenten season and is an invitation for you to make an intentional effort to cultivate the kind of life in which God can bring change. It is an invitation for you to train yourself in the practices for growing in the likeness of Christ.
The Intimate Journey Believers in Christ have embarked on a remarkable journey. Christian faith is designed to invade every area of life, including the most ordinary. It is intended to give life a unity, direction and cohesion, a transforming spirit that seasons our daily experience with the flavor of heaven. And wonderfully, this faith is not a discipline, a philosophy or even a religion but a love affair.
Loving intimacy with God ignites inner transformation, leading to a cycle of liberty in Christ that reaches far beyond ourselves to spouses, friends, our children and even generations yet to come. To walk alongside travelers on this road, Joel Warne probes the key pathways of our journey out of an old world toward our new destination in Jesus Christ.
William Beckman maintains in his book that the church is out of balance. The analogy of a bird is used to denote true purpose and flight through the use of two God ordained wings: large group and small group. The book contends the need for development of cell groups within the context of our day and age. It does not promote the abandonment of a large corporate meeting, but a greater utilization of the cell group structure. Good reading to make one think.
The Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell-Based Ministry makes the case that the cell model will work- if key assumptions about spiritual growth and the nature of the church are reexamined and renewed. By drawing on scripture, research, and insights gained through personal experience as the pastor of a growing cell church, Steve Cordle identifies the four pivotal philosophical shifts necessary for the cell approach to work. These are mindset shifts from:
- programs to relationships-the purposes of the church are best fulfilled in the cell group instead of in programs.
- from member to disciple-maker-every member can and should become a group leader
- from educating to equipping-spiritual growth is not knowing more but applying more
- from "come and see" to "go and show"-the power of penetration evangelism.
This explanation of cell church theory as it relates to the special conditions in North American culture makes an excellent case for why cell churches will work anywhere. Disciple making plays a key part in multiplying cell groups in this model, and this book includes helpful chapters on making disciples, training, and coaching. Comisky includes numerous examples of churches in America where the cell-based strategy is bearing impressive fruit.
Initiated in June of 2010, this document outlines the Church's multi-site launch strategy. More like a "ground war" than an "air war", more like a "movement" than "multi-site" this document will give you insight into how the Church in Madison is pursuing its vision of One Church, Regional Impact. If you are considering launching sites to reach your community, perhaps this resource could provide some help.
Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird
Fueled by a desire to reach people for Christ, a revolution is underway. Churches are growing beyond the limitations of a single service in one building. Expanding the traditional model, they are embracing the concept of one church with more than one site: multiple congregations sharing a common vision, budget, leadership, and board. Drawing from the examples of churches nationwide, The Multi-Site Church Revolution shows what healthy multi-site churches look like and what motivates congregations to make the change.
Travel with tour guides Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird, authors of The Multi-Site Church Revolution, on their engaging and humorous journey that shows creative ways churches of all kinds are expanding their impact through multiple locations. Hear the inside stories and learn about the latest developments. Find out firsthand how the churches in this book are broadening their options for evangelism, service, and outreach---while making better use of their ministry funds.
Based on Mancini's work with Auxano, Church Unique provides a carefully executed, step-by-step walk through the concepts and practices that build a "vision frame." Discovering and articulating a compelling vision is at the heart, but developing the missional mandate (mission), motives (values), map (strategy) and marks (measures) are what provide the frame. Each step in the process is presented in a way that begs to be implemented.
A visual journey through Will Mancini's book, "Church Unique" and Auxano's Vision Pathway.
The Vision Room, powered by Auxano, is designed to be the best online gathering of leaders and resources on vision clarity.
Adventure awaits. Opportunity is all around us. In Chasing Daylight, pastor Erwin McManus calls us to risk everything for a life of genuine purpose. McManus uses the biblical account of Israel's war with the Philistines (1 Samuel 13-14) and the characters of Jonathan and Saul to demonstrate the difference between living a life of purpose and adventure, and living one of apathy and missed opportunity. Through this story, McManus artfully illustrates the eight characteristics of an adventurer's heart, what he calls the "Jonathan factor." Erwin uses powerful examples from his own life, along with fresh biblical teaching to assert that God crafts divine moments specific to each of us – priceless opportunities for us to actively engage in God's big picture plan.
We believe deeply that stewardship of financial resources lies at the heart of Christian discipleship. The failure of the church to articulate a biblical perspective on money and possessions yields the day to the seductive messages of materialism that are rampant in our culture. The failure to speak into the topic is an act of self-marginalization by the church.
The Good $ense resources can be utilized to teach, train and support and encourage the core value of biblical stewardship.
Randy Frazee's practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Making Room for Life, Frazee shows you how—and why it's so important—to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children's activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends.
This thought-provoking book exposes the chaos and pressure of "normal" living and points toward a better life where community and church are authentic, rich, and as close as the neighbors on your street. A life where work, play, service, and even sleep all exist in balance, complementing each other, and where relationships are interconnected rather than disjointed.
Designed to be applied, not merely read, this book includes questions for small group discussion and room to write down your personal thoughts and action plans. Better still, drawing from his personal experience, Randy offers steps toward change at three levels: modest, substantial, and radical. Choose which level will work best based on your circumstances.
Our Lord wants to reveal Himself to you. To you! The creator of the universe, the Holy, All powerful, infinitely gracious Lord and Savior, the one that knows everything about you, would like you to get to know Him. This reading plan is designed to lead you from Genesis to Revelation over two years, expect to discover.
Satanic attacks are very real, and this book will examine what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare. This provocative book will help Christians understand what the Bible says about these threats and will show them how they can safeguard themselves and their families through prayer. The Invisible War, by popular author Chip Ingram, offers a balanced look at what is going on in the spiritual realm and what believers can do to defend themselves.