The strength of our Book Reviews collection lies in the categorical breakdown that we have created for you below. We have divided the most common ministry design issues into categories so that you can more easily find the solution that you are looking for. Our eventual goal is to have an in-depth review for every book that will give you further assistance in discovering the reading pathway that can lead you to the solutions to the ministry issues you may be facing.
- Personal Development
- Development of Others
- Leading Change
- Pastoral Transition
- Leading Church Mergers
By Kyle Idleman
“We’ve all had “aha!” moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. According to pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman, we can experience this same kind of “aha!” in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good.
Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God’s commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision—an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.–Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book Not a Fan, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. He and his wife DesiRae have four children.”
By Clint and Penny Bragg
I believe whether your marriage is healthy or in crisis or somewhere in between you will receive encouragement, instruction and insight to help you build or restore your marriage. If you are looking for help, hope and healing for your marriage you have come to the right book. This couple, Clint and Penny Bragg, uses scripture and their personal story to guide you toward God’s solutions to the challenges of married life.
Here is a summary of the process they recommend.
Start by honoring the process
Identify your roadblocks
Build a strong foundation
Develop connections with forgiveness and faith
Deepen your discussions
Agree on your standards of communications and behavior
Guard your marriage gates
Retrofit your relationship
Establish your mini marriage retreats to get and stay fit
Mending your marriage is an ongoing process
Pick up a copy today and begin your personal journey through the process to mend and/or strengthen your marriage.
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by John FinkeldeImprove your volunteer management skills while increasing your church volunteers base with this proven step-by-step guide.Imagine … a large group of volunteers who love serving.
Now … imagine those volunteers recruiting their friends to serve too.
Even more … imagine turning those volunteers into high performing leaders.
Not impossible at all if you use the solid, actionable steps in this practical guide to recruiting and motivating church volunteers.
Each chapter presents powerful concepts and practical steps you can take to:
Lead a recruitment drive that delivers fast, dramatic results.
Train volunteers utilizing current best practices that enable them to love serving.
Build a leadership pipeline that gives you a constant flow of fresh talent.
Discover and actually apply contemporary motivational methods in real life situations.
Turn church volunteers into high performing leaders of volunteers.
Draw upon John Finkelde’s 30 years of experience as a pastor and start increasing your volunteer base today.”
by Wayne McDill
“Making Friends for Christ is a practical approach to relational evangelism. It combines a theological and biblical rationale with practical counsel and dozens of real life stories. The new edition is a major revision, enlarged and updated for twenty-first century challenges. Pastors, church planters, and missionaries will find it most helpful. Laymen who have been frustrated with their attempts at witnessing are finding it opens a new way of thinking about reaching their friends and relatives for Christ..”
By Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw
Ever wonder why people fall asleep in church?
“It happens. We’ve all seen it. We shuffle into rows of seats that grow more comfortable with every new fundraising campaign. We slouch down and settle in for an hour or so, as singers and storytellers and preachers and teachers take their turns filling our ears. And almost without fail, at least one of us nods off while listening to the greatest story ever told.
The church was not meant to be like this. The church was meant to be on its feet, in the world, making all things new. The church was meant to be sent.
Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw want to help us—all of us—rediscover our sentness.
Dive into Sentness, and explore the six postures of a church that’s keeping pace with God’s work in the world. Rediscover the gospel that first quickened your pulse and got you up on your feet, ready to go wherever Jesus called you. Get Sentness, and prepare to get sent.”
By Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost
“In a time when the need for and the relevance of the Gospel has seldom been greater, the relevance of the church has seldom been less. The Shaping of Things to Come explores why the church needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up. Frost and Hirsch present a clear understanding of how the church can change to face the unique challenges of the twenty-first century. This missional classic has been thoroughly revised and updated.”
Smart Volunteer Management: A Volunteer Coordinator’s Handbook for Engaging, Motivating and Developing Volunteers
By Patricia Lotich (Author)
Spiritual Profiling: How Jesus Interacted with 8 Different Types of People. . . and Why it Matters for You
By Thomas O. Hovestol (Author)
by Aubrey Malphurs. Publisher: Baker Books.
A practical approach to establishing and maintaining a discipleship program
by Peter Scazzero (Author)
One churches journey into disciple making, with all the wins and losses they experienced.
by Dan Phillips. Publisher: Kregel Publications.
It pursues doctrinal integrity in line with Scripture and a Biblical world-view.
by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation
“How are we doing? The church, that is. And how are we doing it? Congregations have long measured success by “bodies, budget, and buildings”–a certain record of attendance, the offering plate, and square footage. But the scorecard can’t stop there. When it does, the deeper emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is lost. Ignoring those details, we see fewer lives transformed, Christian influence wane, and churches thin out–a situation that is all too familiar across North America today.
It is time to take heart and rework the scorecard.
According to Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer, the authors of Transformational Church, “Too often we’ve highlighted the negative realities of the declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope and transformation.”
Based on the most comprehensive study of its kind, including a survey of more than 7,000 churches and hundreds of on-site interviews with pastors, Transformational Church takes us to the thriving congregations where truly changing lives is the norm.
Stetzer and Rainer clearly confirm the importance of disciple making for all through active biblical engagement and prayerful dependence on God alongside of ever-increasing, intentional participation in mission and ministry activities. As the church engages these issues, the world will see the change:
* More people following Christ
* More believers growing in their faith
* More churches making an impact on their communities
The transformation starts now.”
by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger
“God declared through the Apostle Paul that the church would be a place of transformation. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we find, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Despite this, the church seems increasingly to be a place where transformation fails to occur.
Surveying the landscape, however, there are some bright spots where churches are faithfully producing transformed disciples. Furthermore, as shown in Scripture and supported by new research, God designed such transformation to often happen in the context of smaller groups of people.
But what characteristics are true of churches that are making transformed disciples through group-based ministry-whether small groups, missional communities, Sunday school, or some other expression of groups?
In Transformational Groups, Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger have created a new scorecard that will provide a map to transformational success for your church’s groups ministry. Using data from the largest survey of pastors and laypersons ever done on the condition of groups in the church, they define a simple process to lead your groups from where they are to where God wants them to be.”
What’s Your God Language?: Connecting with God through Your Unique Spiritual Temperament (Nine Spiritual Temperaments–How Knowing Yours Can Help You)
By Myra Perrine (Author)
by Steve Murrell
…and Go Viral!
Jesus told His followers that He would build His church, and then He told them to go and make disciples. It’s that simple. We make disciples, and He builds the church.
But today we often get this exactly backward. We work hard to build our churches with programs and promotions while continuing to neglect the essential practice of discipleship. And we wonder why we struggle. In WikiChurch, Steve Murrell shows you how anyone can make disciples through the simple process of…
· Engaging culture and community
· Establishing spiritual foundations
· Equipping believers to minister
· Empowering disciples to make disciples
Imagine if every believer, not just leaders, was actively engaged in your ministry. That’s the Book of Acts. That’s a WikiChurch.”