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  1. Becoming a Welcoming Church

    Becoming a Welcoming Church

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    Most church members don't see their churches clearly.In almost all of Thom S. Rainer's consultations, church members perceive their church to be friendly. But as he surveyed guests, he found that the guests typically saw church members as unfriendly. The perception chasm existed because the members were indeed friendly . . . to one another. The guests felt like they crashed a private party.Bestselling author Thom Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has a game plan for churches to become more hospitable. In a format that is suitable for church members to read individually or study together, Rainer guides readers toward a practical framework for making a difference for those who visit their church. Churches may use Becoming a Welcoming Church to assess and audit where they are on a spectrum between welcoming and wanting. Additionally, churches can use the companion book We Want You Here to send guests home with a compelling vision for what pastors want every guest to know when they visit.
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  2. Simple Church

    Simple Church

    Returning To God’s Process For Making Disciples

    Narrator: Grover Gardner
    Runtime: 6.6 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Many of the church leaders we talk to are seeking an escape from the not-so-simple life.
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  3. Autopsy of a Deceased Church

    Autopsy of a Deceased Church

    12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 2.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!
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  4. Breakout Churches

    Breakout Churches

    Narrator: Don Reed
    Runtime: 5.8 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    In Thom Rainer's latest book, he sets out to discover how churches that were once healthy but had stagnated in growth have broken out to become great churches impacting lives and entire communities.
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  5. I Am a Church Member

    I Am a Church Member

    Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference

    Narrator: Ray Porter
    Runtime: 1.4 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. "I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members -- rather than the functional and theological issues -- that previous new member primers all but ignored. Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally. Six intentional chapters with study questions guide this rising discussion: 1. I Will Be a Unifying Church Member 2. I Will Not Let the Church Be About My Preferences and Desires 3. I Will Pray for My Church Leaders 4. I Will Lead My Family to Be Healthy Church Members 5. I Will Be a Functioning Member 6. I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift
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  6. The Unchurched Next Door

    The Unchurched Next Door

    Narrator: Don Reed
    Runtime: 7 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    This Silver Medallion Book award-winning national interview survey of unchurched people sheds insight on who the unchurched next door are, what objections they raise, and how to connect with them.
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  7. Surprising Insights from the Unchurched

    Surprising Insights from the Unchurched

    Narrator: Don Reed
    Runtime: 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    This first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of the formerly unchurched explodes some common myths as to what it takes to reach people. It also provides insight into how the Christian church can develop effective approaches for reaching the growing number of unchurched in North America.
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  8. Who Moved My Pulpit?

    Who Moved My Pulpit?

    Leading Change in the Church

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    Nine out of ten churches in America are either declining or growing slower than the community in which they are located. Stated simply, 90 percent of American churches are losing ground in their communities. Change is not an option; it is an urgent need. We don’t change our doctrines and biblical foundations, but we do change our methodologies and approaches for this rapidly changing culture. Based on the studies, consultations, and research of over 50,000 churches, best-selling author, Thom S. Rainer, shares how effective change has taken place in many churches. While it is not a formulaic approach, Who Moved My Pulpit? is a clear guide for church leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo, and who yearn for their churches and ministries to make a kingdom difference. True transformational change in the church is possible.
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  9. Essential Church?

    Essential Church?

    Runtime: 7 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Why are so many 18- to 22-year-old Christians leaving the church---and what will it take to reverse the trend? In this important follow-up to the bestseller Simple Church, the Rainers share surprising insights from their survey of 1,000 "dropouts." Find out why young adults stopped attending---and discover four concrete strategies for bringing them back!
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  10. The Millennials

    The Millennials

    Narrator: Ray Porter
    Runtime: 7.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Art (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian worldview perspective.
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  11. The Unexpected Journey

    The Unexpected Journey

    Narrator: Don Reed
    Runtime: 5.71 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    A narrative interview story of how a dozen people moved from various forms of spirituality to come to Christ as Lord. Listen in on the interviews of individuals who had been part of Mormonism, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism, Jehovahs Witnesses, Wicca, agnosticism, Buddhism, Islam, Unitarianism, new ageism, and Satanism.
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  12. I Will

    I Will

    Nine Habits of the Outwardly Focused Christian

    Runtime: 2.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Could you be the answer to the problems you see? Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last? Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answer these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability. You can do it. Now it's time to just stand up and say you will!
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