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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. 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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  3. Uncomfortable

    Uncomfortable

    The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community

    Narrator: Lyle Blaker
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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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  4. Church Membership (9Marks Series)

    Church Membership (9Marks Series)

    How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

    Narrator: Bob Souer
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    Why should you join a church? Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing a distaste or fear of commitment, especially of institutions. Jonathan Leeman addresses these issues with a straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it’s important. Giving the local church its proper due, Leeman has built a compelling case for committing to the local body.
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  5. Barefoot Church

    Barefoot Church

    Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture

    Narrator: Adam Black
    Runtime: 6.15 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, “serving the least” is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see how the organizational structure of the church can be created or redesigned for mission in any context.
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  6. 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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  7. The Character of the Church

    The Character of the Church

    The Marks of God's Obedient People

    Author: Joe Thorn
    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 2.32 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    The second in Joe Thorn’s three-book series on the confession, nature, and expression of the Church,The Character of the Church explores what the church is fundamentally like. Useful for training in membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading—The Character of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to a deeper appreciation of the church of God. For a local church to actually be a church, certain marks are essential. A church that follows the apostles’ pattern is one where: The word of God is faithfully preached The sacraments are rightly administered Leadership is biblically formed and functioning Discipline is practiced with grace The mission of the church is shared by all Drawing from Scripture, theology, and church history, Joe Thorn expounds each of these in detail, yet leading readers to clear understanding. A book for laymen, The Character of the Church helps Christians know plainly what makes a church a church, and how to conduct themselves accordingly.
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  8. The Heart of the Church

    The Heart of the Church

    The Gospel's History, Message, and Meaning

    Author: Joe Thorn
    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 1.90 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    The first in Joe Thorn’s three-book series on the confession, nature, and expression of the Church, The Heart of the Church explores the center of the Church’s life and identity: the gospel. Useful for training in membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading—The Heart of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to believe in, rejoice in, and be transformed by the truth of God for his gathered people. Drawing from Scripture, church history, and theology, Thorn portrays the gospel in all its kaleidoscopic glory. He expounds its: Contents—the basic message of Scripture culminating in Jesus Details and definitions—the moving parts of the gospel truth Practical implications—the basic marks of every gospel believer Without the gospel, the church does not exist. This book is Thorn’s full and detailed exploration of the message that is indispensable to the church’s life and identity.
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  9. Kingdom Collaborators

    Kingdom Collaborators

    Eight Signature Practices of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down

    Narrator: Arthur Morey
    Runtime: 4.67 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too," (Acts 17:6, NKJV). When Paul and Silas came to Thessalonica, they changed the community. How? By collaborating with God to bring his kingdom on earth. Will you collaborate on God's kingdom work in your community? If you're ready to see God move in all areas―business, education, media, arts, healthcare, spiritual growth, and more―this is the book for you. Leadership expert Reggie McNeal offers eight signature practices for leaders who want to partner with God and others for kingdom growth. Readers will gain practical advice to help people experience life as God intends.
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  10. City of God, City of Satan

    City of God, City of Satan

    A Biblical Theology of the Urban City

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 14.9 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Both captivating in its revealing acknowledgement of spiritual warfare and readily accessible as a resource for churches, this book provides the biblical theology of the city and offers direction and support for urban missions.
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  11. Quit Church

    Quit Church

    Because Your Life Would Be Better if You Did

    Narrator: Dean Gallagher
    Runtime: 3.75 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    <DIV>Let's face it. Church isn't working. We hear sermons about the abundant life Jesus promised, but how many of us are actually living it? How many of our churches are thriving? How many people in our congregations are experiencing God's blessings? Maybe it's time to call it quits.<BR /><BR /> Quit church? Well, not exactly. <BR /><BR /> Drawing from his experience coaching hundreds of churches toward true growth, Chris Sonksen calls on us to quit our casual, cultural commitment to church as we know it. No more half-hearted attempts to win the favor of God and other people by doing the right thing. No more doing things out of a sense of duty. Instead, Sonksen reveals the spiritual habits that release the blessings of God, both on each individual and on the church. He explains why we struggle to put these practices into action and gives practical solutions to move us forward into health, growth, and maturity.</DIV>
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  12. Organic Outreach for Churches

    Organic Outreach for Churches

    Infusing Evangelistic Passion in Your Local Congregation

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 5.35 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Nearly all churches and ministries consider themselves dedicated to evangelism, and many explicitly include outreach in their mission statements. But few are actually bearing fruit. Kevin Harney diagnoses this problem and offers guidance for multiplying the outreach impact of churches. Organic Outreach for Churches provides direction for local congregations to weave evangelism into the fabric of the church. Commitment to the Great Commission is not simply about sending money and prayers to missions or holding occasional events to reach out (although these things are good).
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  13. Faithful Presence

    Faithful Presence

    Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 7.68 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through seeker-friendly, emergent, missional, and other movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now in the post-Christian world in North America we're asking the question again: Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church in the world. He argues that we have lost the intent and practice of the sacramental ways of the historic church, and he recovers seven disciplines that have been with us since the birth of the church. Through numerous examples and stories, he demonstrates how these revolutionary disciplines can help the church take shape in and among our neighborhoods, transform our way of life in the world, and advance the kingdom. This book will help you re-envision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. It recovers a future for the church that takes us beyond Christendom. Embrace the call to reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, dwelling in and reflecting God's faithful presence to a world that desperately needs more of it.
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  14. 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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  15. Sticky Church

    Sticky Church

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 4.5 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.
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