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  1. Building the Body

    Building the Body

    12 Characteristics of a Fit Church

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 5.48 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Just as a physically healthy person--at an ideal weight and with good blood pressure and cholesterol numbers--might not actually be fit enough to run a 5k, so churches can appear healthy--with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size--and yet not exhibit fitness. A fit church is one that is not satisfied with merely coasting along with no problems. A fit church is actively making disciples, maturing in faith, developing strong leaders, reaching out to the community, and more.Building the Body offers pastors and church leaders twelve characteristics of fit churches and shows them how they can move their church through five levels of fitness, from beginner all the way to elite--just as an athlete, through training and practice, can become the top in his or her class. Includes comparison charts at the end of each chapter so readers can clearly see where their church currently falls and concluding "Complete the Progress Chart" so that they can see what their goals should be for the future.
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  2. ReClaimed Church

    ReClaimed Church

    How Churches Grow, Decline, and Experience Revitalization

    Author: Bill Henard
    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 5.77 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It's no secret: churches are dying.Tragically, thousands of churches in the United States are shrinking, some closing their doors forever. The key to reversing these trends, argues Bill Henard, is for a local church to recognize where it is in the church life cycle. Unless churches intentionally do something about it, many of them will follow the same pattern: from birth, to plateau, and eventually, to death. But if a church learns to identify its place within the life cycle and embraces the necessary processes, it can return to growth.In a day when church membership has decreased, evangelistic zeal has cooled, and budgets are disappearing, ReClaimed Church is the tool that struggling churches need. Having previously written and taught seminary courses on church revitalization, Bill Henard uses his expertise to provide all the practical insights and instructions needed to reclaim your church.
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  3. Becoming a Welcoming Church

    Becoming a Welcoming Church

    Runtime: 2.22 Hrs. - Unabridged
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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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  4. Missions (9Marks Series)

    Missions (9Marks Series)

    How the Local Church Goes Global

    Author: Andy Johnson
    Runtime: 2.98 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Every local church should be engaged with global missions, even if most individuals in the church aren't called to go overseas. But what does this engagement actually look like? How can local churches train, send, and support missionaries well? Unpacking principles from the Bible and applying them in the context of real life in a local church, this new book in the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series is filled with practical steps and advice for supporting missionaries, forming international partnerships, sending short-term teams, and engaging with the nations here at home. This book casts a vision for the local church as the engine of world missions—for the joy of all people and the glory of God.
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  5. Your Church Is Too Safe

    Your Church Is Too Safe

    Becoming a Church that Turns the World Upside Down

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 9.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Drawing insights from his study of the book of Acts, Buchanan challenges churches to “turn the world upside-down”—to be both good news and bad news, an aroma and a stench – a disruptive force to whoever or whatever opposes the Kingdom of God, and a healing and liberating power to those who seek it.
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  6. Reclaiming Glory

    Reclaiming Glory

    Revitalizing Dying Churches

    Author: Mark Clifton
    Runtime: 3.72 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    What is there about a dying church that brings glory to God? Mark Clifton's convicting answer is "Nothing." Because a local church is intended to represent the work of God in a community, when that church "loses it saltiness," not only is God's work pictured as irrelevant in that community, but also dishonor and disrepute may well become associated with God's name as a result. In Reclaiming Glory, Clifton draws not only upon his own burden for revitalizing dying churches but also upon years of church replanting experience to offer passionate counsel for how to breathe new life into a dying church . . . all for the glory of the God who is building his church upon the immovable rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  7. Uncomfortable

    Uncomfortable

    The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community

    Narrator: Lyle Blaker
    Runtime: TBA - Unabridged
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    Does your church make you uncomfortable? It’s easy to dream about the “perfect” church—a church that sings just the right songs set to just the right music before the pastor preaches just the right sermon to a room filled with just the right mix of people who happen to agree with you on just about everything. Chances are your church doesn’t quite look like that. But what if instead of searching for a church that makes us comfortable, we learned to love our church, even when it’s challenging? What if some of the discomfort that we often experience is actually good for us? This book is a call to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people—all for the sake of the gospel, God’s glory, and our joy.
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  8. The Come Back Effect

    The Come Back Effect

    How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church's Guests to Return

    Narrator: Trevor Thompson
    Runtime: 4.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The key to growth as a church, youth ministry, or a business is getting first-time guests to come back. And as any good manager of a hotel, a store, a restaurant, or an attraction knows, the key to getting guests to come back is not actually the rooms or the product or the food itself; it's how guests feel when they're there. It's about hospitality. No matter how much effort and time we spend on excellence-stirring worship time, inspiring sermons, a good coffee blend in the foyer-what our guests really want when they come to our churches is to feel welcome, comfortable, and understood. Written by a church consultant and a hospitality expert, The Come Back Effect shows church, ministry, and even business leaders the secret to helping a first-time guest return again and again. Through an engaging, story-driven approach, they explain how service and hospitality are two different things, show how Jesus practiced hospitality, and invite leaders to develop and implement changes that lead to repeat visits and, eventually, to sustained growth.
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  9. God Dreams

    God Dreams

    12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church's Future

    Narrator: Lloyd James
    Runtime: 9.18 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Is your team excited about the next big dream for your church? You are a visionary leader and your church probably has a vision statement. Yet most churches are stuck in a trap of generic communication without a truly visionary plan. Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than “serving food,” a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like “loving God, loving people” or “making disciples and serving the world.” When a team doesn’t share an understanding of God’s next big dream, leadership grows tired, overworked by an “all things to all people” ministry approach. Too often there’s no unified picture of what success looks like. People can feel uninspired and your church’s programming can seem more optional than ever. Ministry without clarity is insanity. Are you ready for a better way? In this groundbreaking work, based on Will Mancini’s 15 years and over 10,000 hours of church team facilitation, God Dreams reveals a simple and powerful planning method that will bring energy and focus to your church like never before. First, God Dreams shows how to reclaim the role of long-range vision today by providing 12 vision templates, each with biblical, historical and contemporary illustrations. These vision starters will dramatically accelerate your team's ability to find complete agreement regarding your church's future. Second, God Dreams explains how to overcome the fruitless planning efforts that many church teams experience.  With a tool called the Horizon Storyline, leaders can connect short-term action steps with the long-range dream, while leveraging the power of storytelling to make the plan “stick.”  This tool will galvanize a diverse team of ministry leaders and volunteers with unprecedented enthusiasm.    Imagine leading with a refreshed sense of freedom and confidence, with a totally new way to inspire your church. Imagine the ability to harness the energy and resources of your people towards a specific dream of gospel impact, in your church and in your lifetime. God Dreams is your passport to leading into a better future.
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  10. Growing Young

    Growing Young

    Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

    Narrator: Al Kessel
    Runtime: 9.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Unleashing the Passion of Young People in Your Church Is Possible! Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Youngprovides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Youngshows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes life and energy into the whole church.
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  11. Leading Major Change in Your Ministry

    Leading Major Change in Your Ministry

    Author: Jeff Iorg
    Runtime: 7.42 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Many ministries must undergo major change in order to fulfill their mission, and more importantly, to fulfill God’s mission, in today’s world. This book tells the story of the relocation of Gateway Seminary—as well as other stories of major change. In doing so, it lays out the principles and processes necessary to get the job done.The first section of Leading Major Change in Your Ministry outlines foundational concepts to leading major change. The second section explains a six-fold model for leading major change in churches and ministry organizations. The book includes illustrations throughout, not from hypothetical situations, but from real-life ministry challenges in both local churches and large organizations. While theories about leading major change are interesting, practical insight about how to do it—written by someone who has led multiple organizations through major change—is far more helpful.The stakes are high. Leadership decisions in ministries have eternal consequences. Almost every church or organization needs—or soon will need—to be led through major change. Leading Major Change in Your Ministry is your guide to successfully getting it done.
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  12. 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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  13. A.D. The Bible Continues

    A.D. The Bible Continues

    The Revolution That Changed the World

    Narrator: Roger Mueller
    Runtime: 7.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The greatest revolution of all time was about to begin... When Pontius Pilate ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he thought he was putting an end to the Jewish uprising that had been threatening the authority of the Roman Empire. What Pilate didn’t realize, however, was that the real revolution was just getting started. Based on the epic NBC television event, A.D. The Bible Continues: The Revolution That Changed the World is a sweeping biblical narrative that brings the political intrigue, religious persecution, and emotional turmoil of the Book of Acts to life in stunning, vibrant detail. Beginning with the crucifixion, New York Times bestselling author and Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah chronicles the tumultuous struggles of Christ’s disciples following the resurrection. From the brutal stoning of Stephen and Saul’s radical conversion, to the unyielding persecution of Peter and the relentless wrath of the Jewish authorities, Dr. Jeremiah paints a magnificent portrait of the political and religious upheaval that led to the formation of the early church. Complete with helpful background information about the characters, culture, and traditions of the era, A.D. The Bible Continues: The Revolution That Changed the World is not only a riveting, action-packed audio book, but also an illuminating exploration of one of the most significant chapters in world history. Get ready to witness history unfold. The revolution has begun!
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  14. Understanding Church Discipline (Church Basics Series)

    Understanding Church Discipline (Church Basics Series)

    Narrator: Adam Verner
    Runtime: 2.27 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Should we actually practice church discipline today? Is it unloving? Once an ordinary part of church life, churches gradually stopped practicing church discipline in the 20th century. But Jesus commands it. Paul practiced it. And churches benefit from it. Why practice church discipline? It shows love for the individual caught in sin, love for the whole church, love for non-Christian neighbors, and love for the glory of Christ. In the Church Basics Series, trusted church experts write practical, trustworthy resources on issues like Church Discipline, the Lord's Supper, and Baptism that every pastor can hand every church member.
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  15. Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)

    Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 4.37 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In Sticky Church, author and pastor Larry Osborne makes the case that closing the back door of your church is even more important than opening the front door wider. He offers a time-tested strategy for doing so: sermon-based small groups that dig deeper into the weekend message and tightly velcro members to the ministry. It’s a strategy that enabled Osborne’s congregation to grow from a handful of people to one of the larger churches in the nation―without any marketing or special programming. Sticky Church tells the inspiring story of North Coast Church’s phenomenal growth and offers practical tips for launching your own sermon-based small group ministry. Topics include: Why stickiness is so importantWhy most of our discipleship models don’t work very wellWhy small groups always make a church more honest and transparent. What makes groups grow deeper and sticker over timeSticky Church is an ideal book for church leaders who want to start or retool their small group ministry―and velcro their congregation to the Bible and each other.
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