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 David W. Jones/Russell S. Woodbridge. Publisher: Kregel.
A thorough research and analysis of the prosperity gospel movement.
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The authors provide a systematic answer to the prevalent question of the prosperity gospel. The book is written in a readable and understandable way – it’s scholarly yet they make the information easy to grasp. The authors help the reader gain control of the Biblical teachings, and then help us apply those teachings to critique and expose the false teachings of the prosperity gospel preachers. The following is a short excerpt: “the prosperity teachers’ theological rationale is simple, but false. They start with the valid premise that God created the world by speaking – that is, He used words (see Gen. 1:3). Since humans are made in the image of God (see Gen. 1:26-27), prosperity advocates conclude that they too can use words in order to create new situations. If God’s words have creative, miraculous power, then human words ought to have the same characteristics. Yet, there is a problem: although God did speak the world into existence, and God did make humanity in His own image, it does not follow that people have the same power as God. In order to make the prosperity doctrine of mind over matter function, you have to assume that being made in the image of God means having the same power as God. This assumption, however, is false for it fails to recognize the distinction between an infinite being (God) and finite beings (humans).” I especially appreciated the history lesson that provides the roots of this movement. I believe the authors to be accurate, clear and concise with their effort and I found the book very helpful.
By Larry Osborne
“Evangelism and discipleship aren’t rocket science. When Jesus sent out a ragtag team from Galilee with the expectation that they would evangelize and disciple the world, they pulled it off as a natural and spontaneous outworking of their faith.
Yet 2,000 years later, this same natural and spontaneous process has been turned into a complex and highly programmed skill left to the professionals. Pastor and author Larry Osborne exposes what’s gone wrong and the five subtle shifts that sabotage our best efforts to reach the lost and bring them to full maturity.”
by Greg L. Hawkins. Publisher: Zondervan.
by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. Publisher: Willow Creek Resources.
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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.”
Brad J. Waggoner. Publisher: B & H Publishing Group.
Focuses on what is broken and how to fix it.
by John Ortberg. Publisher: Zondervan.
Focuses on centering life on God.