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  1. Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

    Narrator: Peter Scazzero
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Pastors and church leaders want to see lives changed by the gospel. They work tirelessly to care for people, initiate new programs and ministries, preach new sermon series, and keep up with the latest trends. Sadly, it would seem that much of this effort is not resulting in deeply changed disciples. Why? Because many churches are unknowingly operating from a shallow discipleship that allows people to recycle the same problems year after year. Church goers are increasingly passive with lives not distinct from the culture. People are not able to integrate anger and sadness. Many are defensive and incapable of revealing their own weaknesses. Church leaders desperately need a better way of teaching people what it means to follow Jesus in a transformative way. In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero combines three decades of wisdom with hard lessons from his own ministry journey. He lays out what is required for church leaders to multiply deeply-changed people who are growing in relationship with God, themselves and others. Scazzero begins with four beneath-the-surface, systemic gaps that undermine serious discipleship. He provides a clear vision for a church culture that deeply changes lives and then practically unpacks the seven biblical marks of emotionally healthy discipleship: - Learn to Be Before You Do - Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus - Receive the Gift of Limits - Befriend Suffering and Loss - Break the Power of the Past - Practice the Presence of People - Lead Out of Brokenness and Vulnerability Finally, he lays out practical steps for you to create an emotionally healthy discipleship culture that actually has the power to change the world. Graphics, assessments, and appendixes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  2. Sifted

    Sifted

    Pursuing Growth through Trials, Challenges, and Disappointments

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 7.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Based on Jesus’ encouragement to Peter in Luke 22 to keep his faith and minister to others in his weakness, Wayne Cordeiro shares the difficulties and hardships of planting and leading new churches while providing wisdom and inspiration for the journey.
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  3. The Starfish and the Spirit

    The Starfish and the Spirit

    Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations

    Runtime: 10.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Leveraging the metaphor Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom popularized in their NYT best-selling book, The Starfish and the Spider, Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, and Alan Hirsch show why the distributed structures of starfish organizations are uniquely fit to the church. They can function without a rigid central authority, and their regenerative abilities make them nimbler in reacting to external forces. Seeding starfish networks inside today's churches will prepare the church of tomorrow to be agile while still maintaining the necessary accountability to be effective. Rather than advocating the adoption of a starfish structure in place of the hierarchy of the spider, Wegner, Ford, and Hirsch emphasize the advantages of adapting the structure and order inherent in a spider organization toward a hybrid model--either a Spiderfish approach (leaning toward centralization) or a Starder approach (leaning toward decentralization). The Starfish and the Spirit is about creating a culture where church leaders view themselves as curators of a community on mission, not the source of certainty for every question and project. It is about creating a team of humble leaders 'in the middle' of the church, not at the top--leaders who naturally reproduce multiple generations of leaders, from the middle out on mission. Imagine a church led by a team whose gifts and talents are completely unleashed, enabling everyone to show up and step up with all they really are. The joy and vigor coming from the collective strength, intelligence, and skill in the community of leaders not only brings greater potency but better yields for your ministry as well. What would it be like to see this kind of healthy leadership reproduced into the second, third, and fourth generation, on multiple strands? Accompanying figures and tables are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  4. 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership

    7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership

    Overcome Self-Defeating Behavior in Work and Ministry

    Author: Kate Coleman
    Runtime: 10.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "For the first time in modern history, women are making their way into strategic positions of influence and leadership within the church, public, corporate, charity and voluntary sectors, in unprecedented numbers. Women are called by God to flourish in these arenas. However, there are significant external and internal issues that hinder women in leadership in unique ways. But if you think this book is only for women, you are gravely mistaken. While women's entry onto the leadership arena may have been the catalyst to uncover deep-seated issues in leadership culture, the challenges addressed here are not unique to women in leadership alone. In 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership, Kate Coleman considers what lies at the root of the many challenges facing today's leaders--women and men--and proposes ways of dealing with them. Effective leadership starts with you and, based on her 35 years of leadership experience, Kate explains how you can: - Overcome limiting self-perceptions - Establish boundaries - Develop a tailor-made personal vision - Cultivate a healthy work/life rhythm - Stop being a people-pleaser - Learn to confront not collude - Be intentional with your inner circle Written for every leader from any sector, this proven and practical book will enable you to identify and overcome self-defeating patterns of behavior, in ways that will radically transform your leadership. Leadership exercises are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  5. The Purpose-Driven Church: Complete

    The Purpose-Driven Church: Complete

    Author: Rick Warren
    Narrator: Jay Charles
    Runtime: 10.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.
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  6. Peppermint-Filled Piñatas

    Peppermint-Filled Piñatas

    Narrator: Eric Bryant
    Runtime: 5.31 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    How can we move our churches to become relevant, responsive, and reflective of the global community? That’s the question that Eric Michael Bryant poses in Peppermint-Filled Pinatas. With stories, observations, and thought-provoking suggestions, this book maps the way beyond ethnic, racial, and cultural barriers to the communities that Jesus wants us to have.
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  7. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

    The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

    Narrator: Larry Black
    Runtime: 10.26 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A behind the scenes analysis of twenty key principles of leadership illustrated with stories and examples from the life of Billy Graham.
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  8. The Youth Ministry Survival Guide

    The Youth Ministry Survival Guide

    Author: Len Kageler
    Narrator: Raymond Scully
    Runtime: 5.71 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It’s more common in youth ministry than we want to admit—burnout and failure. Exhaustion, frustration, disappointment, and conflict bring many youth workers to a point where they either choose a new church, a new career, or someone makes that choice for them.
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  9. Bridges to Grace

    Bridges to Grace

    Narrator: Pam Ward
    Runtime: 7.15 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Bridges to Grace highlights the latest innovations in recovery ministry, as well as resources and suggestions for pastors and church leaders who are seeking effective ways to serve the addicted, hurting, and abused in their communities.
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  10. Leadership from the Inside Out

    Leadership from the Inside Out

    Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
    Runtime: 5.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    You can serve God and his people for a lifetime and do it with passion and joy. You do not have to become another casualty in the growing number of leaders who have compromised their integrity, character, and ministry because they failed to lead an examined and accountable life.
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  11. Exponential

    Exponential

    Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
    Runtime: 7.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Authors Dave and Jon Ferguson communicate a simple strategy that will engage millions of Christ followers and challenge every church leader to become a reproducing follower and leader.
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  12. What Women Wish Pastors Knew

    What Women Wish Pastors Knew

    Runtime: 7.36 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This book will open your eyes to the needs, frustrations, dreams, and potential of your church’s greatest resource—the 60 percent of its members who provide far more than 60 percent of what keeps it going. The women of your church think the world of you, pastor. But they deeply wish you understood a few things about them that can make an enormous difference to their well-being and that of your church.
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  13. The Church on the Otherside

    The Church on the Otherside

    Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 8.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Tested strategies for pastors and churches that want to be somewhere else in the postmodern world and need reliable and practical help to get there. Now revised and expanded. Formerly titled Reinventing Your Church.
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  14. Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Wee

    Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Wee

    Runtime: 4.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This book provides the foundation for any church to develop a thriving children’s ministry by giving step-by-step guidance and creative application exercises based on Willow Creek’s successful Promiseland ministry and other successful children's ministries from around the world.
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  15. Your Church Is Too Small

    Your Church Is Too Small

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 7.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Too often, these words of Jesus from John 17:20-21 seem like an unreachable ideal.
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