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BOOK REVIEWS

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.


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  • Assaulting the Gates: Aiming All God’s People at the Mission Field

    By Paul D. Borden

  • Church Connection Cards: Essential Church Communications to Connect with Visitors, Grow Your Church, Pastor Your People

    By Yvon Prehn

    A guide and tool to aid your guest services efforts. The book gives detailed instructions on how to make sure you get the largest number of people to fill out the cards, specific ways to manage your follow-up to most effectively serve the people who filled them out, lists of what you need to have in place for follow up, and how to triage (divide into levels of ministry need) the cards so you can respond to people in a timely manner.

  • Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field

    By Paul D. Borden

     

  • Discover Your Mission Now

    By Dave Ferguson

    “Written by Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson and Tim Sutherland. Edited by Eric Bramlett. You were made with a mission in mind! As a follower of Jesus, He has an exciting part for you to play in His mission of changing the world. In Discover Your Mission Now you will come to a crystal clear understanding of the Jesus mission and your part in it. You will gain an understanding of the five consistent missional practices that Jesus lived out in His life. These five simple to understand, but challenging to live out daily missional practices are designed to bless the places that you are sent and people in your life. As you begin to live out these missional practices, you will not only discover your own mission in life but that you are changing the world around you.”

  • Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians

    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.”

  • Small Church, Big Impact (Ebook Shorts)

    by Brandon O’Brien. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers.
  • Sticky Church

    by Larry Osborne, Zondervan

    Focuses on methodology for attracting and keeping people in church

  • The Externally Focused Church

    by Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson. Publisher: Group.

    Addresses a much needed change in church culture in the 21rst century.

  • The Externally Focused Life

    By Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson

    This is the first book of a three part series on developing an external life, church and kingdom.

    Can ordinary people live extraordinary lives?

    Yes–when those lives are externally focused! That’s the message Pastor Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson deliver in this timely, Bible-based book. Using a memorable acrostic for LIFE–Love, Intersections, Fortune, Eternity–the authors challenge us to find more than purpose…to uncover the joy in a lifestyle of authentic Christian service. Discussion questions included.

  • The Unchurched Next Door: Understanding Faith Stages as Keys to Sharing Your Faith

    by Thom Rainer. Publisher: Zondervan.

    Focuses on degrees of receptivity to the gospel

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    Purpose:

    The Rainer research team has unveiled “faith” stages to help us understand and advance the cause of evangelism and show us how to apply this knowledge in reaching the lost for Christ.

    Content:

    The author presents the research results and divides the unchurched into five categories with definitions, illustrations, examples and explanations of each.  He then shares the insights provided by the formerly unchurched and offers ten reasons we have not reached them.  He concludes the book by offering suggestions for reaching the unchurched at their particular “faith stage”.

    Analysis:

    If you are going to obey the great commission this book can be a great help in understanding how to go about it in an effective way. It is full of helpful information and suggestions. We are told to become “fishers of men” and it seems logical to be familiar with the “fish” you are called to catch. This book will help.

    Application:

    Who will benefit?

    Every believer will benefit from the research and suggestions found in this book.

    How will it benefit?

    It will help you understand the thinking and attitudes of the unchurched so you can identify their faith stage and effectively reach out to them with the gospel.

    Where does it fit?

    In the design development of your discipleship and evangelism ministry.

    Aha Thought:

     

    “We asked Mark why he finally attended a church.

    ‘Because Chad invited me,’ he responded bluntly.

    ‘Any other reasons?’ we asked.

    ‘Nope, just because I was invited.’

  • Transitioning the Church: Leading the Established Church to Reach the Unchurched

    By Zack Williams

    “Is the church primarily for the churched or the unchurched? How do church leaders transition an established church to reach the unchurched? Zach describes one of the biggest problems in many established churches: They have lost their drive to reach the unchurched. This book reveals how the problem perpetuates because of church leadership. Too many church leaders are content with an inward focus.

    Zach identifies how leaders can help established churches transition from an inward focus to an outward focus. Transitioning is one of the most important characteristics a church can have because it involves the mission of Jesus, to take those who are hurting and lost and give them life.”

  • unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters

    by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. Publisher: Baker Books.

    Results of a research study from the Barna Group.

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    Purpose:

    To help believers see what Christianity looks like from unbelievers born between 1984 and 2002 and to suggest a course of action in response to this information.

    Content:

    The research reveals an unsettling description of believers by the nonbelievers in this age group – words like hypocrite, judgmental, insensitive.  The unbelievers in this age group do not believe that today’s believers look anything like they think Christ intended them to look.

    Analysis:

    The book is disturbing and thought provoking. Allow it to help you think through the implications to each area of our lives.  The book brings us face-to-face with the stark reality that how we would like to be seen has not happened.  Instead, the unbelievers in this age group perceive us, by our actions, to be anything but Christlike.

    Application:
    Who will benefit?
    Any Christian seeking to make a difference

    How will it benefit?
    It should help us evaluate and realign ourselves in our attitudes and actions

    Where does it fit?
    Development of your Philosophy of ministry

    Aha Thought:
    “Another significant antidote to hypocrisy (in addition to integrity and purity) is transparency.  On one level, hypocrisy is failing to acknowledge the inconsistencies in our life.  It is denial.  It is, as the Bible describes it, trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when you have a log in your own.  Living with integrity starts with being transparent.
    Young people talk these days about the need for authenticity, for ‘keepin’it real’ – not pretending to be something you are not, being open about your faults.  Young people are searching for this type of person, this kind of lifestyle.  In one survey we found that ‘doing what you say you are going to do’ was among the characteristics young people most admired.” (p. 54-55)