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
CHURCH PLANTING |
Creating Your Church’s Culture: How to Uproot Mediocrity and Create a Healthy Organizational Culture
By Stephen Blandino
How do you create a thriving organizational culture in your church? Churches are committed to a spiritual mission, but it is often the organizational aspects of the church that hinder the mission from moving forward. Cultivating health in the organizational side of church culture requires a thorough understanding of the church’s vision, systems, staffing, relationships, and leadership. When the culture is healthy, it delivers consistently healthy outcomes that advance the mission of the church. But when cultures are unhealthy, or worse, toxic, they perpetuate constant dysfunction and derail the church’s purpose. In Creating Your Church’s Culture, Stephen Blandino gives you the tools and strategies to address the organizational side of your church’s culture. You’ll learn how to:
- Define your culture
- Activate the Culture Equation
- Hire staff who fit your culture
- Infuse your values into your culture
- Create a learning culture
- Develop effective systems
- Increase employee and volunteer engagement
- Measure the health of your culture
- Uproot bureaucracy
This practical book is loaded with wisdom and inspiration to help you improve the organizational aspects of your church’s culture. Plus, the book includes a culture assessment and implementation guide to help you apply what you are learning.
by Dean Seddon
This short book explains the basics of Marketing in a Christian context. This book explains the basics of marketing for use within churches and christian charities as well as give you some understanding regarding the principles of marketing succesfully.
This mini book covers the two main concepts of marketing…
The Four P’s – Product, Place, Price, Promotion
The Four C’s – Consumer, Cost, Convenience, Communication
By Dennis Bickers
Small churches can be found in every denomination and among every ethnic group but often these churches struggle to survive in the shadow of the larger churches around them. And many of these churches are afflicted with unhealthy issues such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, and unbalanced leadership. It is because of these aliments that many churches fail to survive. But it is possible for an unhealthy church to become a healthy church capable of experiencing growth–both physically and spiritually. In his new book, The Healthy Small Church, small church pastor Dennis Bickers diagnoses the issues that threaten the life of the smaller church and prescribes practical remedies for treating these issues. He reminds churches that transformation and healing are never easy but always worth it. He emphasizes that to maintain a healthy church one must be aware of the symptoms and act accordingly to prevent new problems from arising. The Healthy Small Church offers pastors and church leaders a great diagnostic tool for small churches that want to be healthy and stay that way. It includes a number of diagnostic questions at the end of the book that they can use to determine the health of their church.
By Art Rainer
Should I opt out of Social Security? How much housing allowance do I take? Do I have enough for retirement? Should I ask for a raise? Why should I even care about my financial picture? The Minister’s Salary was written to shed light on some of the issues that seem to most burden ministers. With simplicity and clarity, it provides a holistic look at key financial issues. The Minister’s Salary is an excellent, concise resource for anyone seeking answers to some of the most common financial questions asked by ministers.
By Michael E. Gerber
“A unique guide for the crucial start-up phase of a businessSo much attention goes to business practice and operation, yet the majority of ventures still fail. One area often overlooked is preparation. Too few entrepreneurs ask themselves, what are you supposed to do before you start your start-up?The Most Successful Small Business in The World gives you Michael E. Gerber’s unique approach to thinking about the meaning of your company by applying his ten critical steps; a process you must go through long before you ever open your door. With these simple principles, based on expert Michael Gerber’s years spent helping countless entrepreneurs, you’ll take the essential first steps to lay the groundwork for building what Michael E. Gerber calls The Most Successful Small Business In the World!
- Author Michael Gerber has coached, taught, or trained more than 60,000 small businesses in 145 countries
- Free Webinar with Gerber for book purchasers
- Gerber’s Ten Principles cover everything from defining the meaning of your company, teaching you how to think about systems, the importance of differentiation, perfecting the people within your business, acquiring clients, and more
If you’re ready to make your business dream more than just a reality, and resolve to do something bigger than you ever imagined, The Most Successful Small Business In The World will provide you with a stunningly original process for thinking yourself through it. Yes, you too can create The Most Successful Small Business In The World…Michael E. Gerber will show you exactly how to do it.”
by Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. Publisher: Regal Books.
Focuses on developing church planting in your DNA
(Full review provided by a real-life church planter)
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This Review was provided by Andrew Warde, a Church Planter in Maine
The subtitle of this book is “Helping Church Planters become Movement Makers.” That pretty much says it all. Stetzer and Bird largely assume that if you are a Christian that you are interested (or preferably involved) in church planting. The purpose of Viral Churches is to “inspire and help you develop a church multiplication movement–an exponential birth of new churches that engage lost people and that replicate themselves through even more new churches” (5).
The book leads you on a mental journey from your status quo (church planting, fingers crossed) to the author’s preferred reality (church multiplication). Each chapter is dedicated to one specific concept, and the authors have kindly included an example of a church or movement that they believe exemplifies this principle. This book discusses the need for church multiplication, the necessity of evangelism, and the dire lack of leaders in the church. The church needs to actively develop leaders if it is going to have the capacity to reach this generation. Viral Churches also discusses the process of training, launching, and streamlining networks of churches.
I loved the fact that they weren’t trying to shove one method or one group down your throat. There is definitely room for such books, but it is wonderful to read a book that was much more concerned with the destination than the precise path traveled. Chapter 6 demonstrates that proper recruitment, assessment, and deployment all contribute to the viability of a church plant, but shows a variety of ways by which each of these points can be accomplished.
Who will benefit from the book?
Any pastor or church planter who is concerned about the growing population of the globe and the current inability of the church to keep pace will benefit from this book. Those who already have this burden will benefit greatly from the mechanics and examples that Viral Churches provide.
How will they benefit?
This book will radically transform your vision of what God could and desires to accomplish in this world. It will give some practical suggestions for making this possible. It also identifies some pitfalls that will thwart even the best of intentions.
Where does this book fit into the process of ministry design?
Any pastor who is looking for what God has called their church to do in this lifetime should consider reading this book. Church planters are more likely to adopt the principles in this book as they are already vested in starting a new work of God rather than maintaining existing works. These concepts might be rather daunting to those in previously established works as it is so far from the realm of their thinking, but if you find yourself in this category, it’s probably all the more reason that you should read this book.
The concept of deliberately building church multiplication into your DNA from the very first day was revolutionary.
One impediment to church multiplication has been the development of a professional clergy that limits ministry to the ordained.
By Dirk Elliott (Author)