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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. 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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  4. The Light Is Winning

    The Light Is Winning

    Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life

    Author: Zach Hoag
    Narrator: Stu Gray
    Runtime: 5.67 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    If anyone had good reason to join the league of the “Nones,” the “Dones,” and the deconstructionists, it would be Zach Hoag. After growing up and out of the compound walls of a Texas cult, and becoming a failed church planter in one of the most post-Christian cities in America, Zach was faced with both a crisis and a choice. He loved Jesus, yet questioned: If the church is such a broken system, is it really worth belonging to anymore? The viral upswing of the “spiritual but not religious” trend has cast religion as going rapidly out of style. Yet even in his own desert of deconstruction, Zach couldn’t shake his desire for a spiritual home. His search ultimately led him to look behind the statistics, where Zach found an astonishing undercurrent subversively at work. The truth, as Zach discovered, is that we are in a cultural moment of apocalypse. Not an end-of-the-world apocalypse, but in the very literal sense of the word which translates simply, “a revealing.” Perhaps the downtrend of Christian faith in America is just the kind of Great Revealing we need to show us who we really are as American Christians, who Jesus really is in our midst, and how we can step into the flourishing faith he has always intended for us. For anyone who is anxious about the future of the church and their place in it, The Light Is Winning rallies to an unexpected, unshakeable hope: Could it be that we’ve made religion out to be the culprit when in fact, religion is just what we need to revive us? Could it be that our struggle for relevance must come to a necessary end, so that we can get to the real? After all, isn’t this the essence of the story of God: death paves the way for a resurrected, deeply rooted, flourishing faith. Such faith can be yours. The Light Is Winning will show you how.
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  5. Why Bother with Church? (Series: Questions Christians Ask)

    Why Bother with Church? (Series: Questions Christians Ask)

    Author: Sam Allberry
    Narrator: Ralph Lister
    Runtime: 2.45 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    The church has an image problem. It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites. How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love. Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve. In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be.
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  6. Why We Love the Church

    Why We Love the Church

    In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

    Narrator: Adam Verner
    Runtime: 6.50 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people--the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected.
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit

    Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 10.58 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    This biblically grounded book asserts that many leaders overlook the necessary precondition of discerning and cooperating with the empowering will of the Holy Spirit before putting their programs and activities into action. It is a highly practical guide for nurturing relations between believers and the Spirit, in order to better advance the Kingdom of God.
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  10. Churchless

    Churchless

    Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them

    Narrator: Conrad Bear
    Runtime: 4.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm: The number of churchless adults in the United States has increased by nearly 60 percent in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You Lost Me), Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchlesswill help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage.
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  11. Leading KidMin

    Leading KidMin

    How to Drive Real Change in Children's Ministry

    Runtime: 4.88 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Want to see your church’s kids transformed for Jesus? Struggling to get the whole church on board? Know what you want to see happen, but not how to make it happen?Leading KidMin is about what it takes to achieve big-time change. Moving past the “why” and getting straight to the “how,” Leading Kidmin provides tools and strategies for actually leading, influencing, and implementing change on a local church level—all from the vantage point of the children’s ministry director.    The mission of Leading KidMin is to create a movement of change-agents who don’t just know that change is needed, but are equipped to make it happen, leading their churches in becoming more aligned, effective, and geared for growth. Pat Cimo and Matt Markins, veterans of KidMin, are prepared to make you the change-agent you want to be—and that your church needs you to be. Are you ready?
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  12. Becoming a Contagious Church

    Becoming a Contagious Church

    Revolutionizing the Way We View and Do Evangelism

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 8.15 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    This audio version of the popular book is read by the author and will provide a vision for turning every church -- new or old -- into a contagious church that is a powerful magnet for attracting and influencing unchurched people.
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  13. Slow Church

    Slow Church

    Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

    Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
    Runtime: 6.0 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner 2014 Best Books About the Church from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Fast food. Fast cars. Fast and furious. Fast forward. Fast . . . church? The church is often idealized (or demonized) as the last bastion of a bygone era, dragging our feet as we're pulled into new moralities and new spiritualities. We guard our doctrine and our piety with great vigilance. But we often fail to notice how quickly we're capitulating, in the structures and practices of our churches, to a culture of unreflective speed, dehumanizing efficiency and dis-integrating isolationism. In the beginning, the church ate together, traveled together and shared in all facets of life. Centered as they were on Jesus, these seemingly mundane activities took on their own significance in the mission of God. In Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us to leave franchise faith behind and enter into the ecology, economy and ethics of the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the church.
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  14. Understanding the Great Commission (Church Basics Series)

    Understanding the Great Commission (Church Basics Series)

    Author: Mark Dever
    Narrator: Mark Dever
    Runtime: 1.42 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    God means to fulfill the Great Commission through local churches.  How did the apostles and the churches of the New Testament obey the Great Commission? By gathering Christians together in churches. The church is God’s plan for evangelism, discipleship, and the Great Commission. This connection between the Great Commission and the church dramatically impacts how both leaders and members should think about their work of making disciples. We do it together.
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  15. The Multi-Site Church Revolution

    The Multi-Site Church Revolution

    Narrator: Rob Lamont
    Runtime: 7.2 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    he multi-site church movement is reshaping the way we do church. But how does it actually work? And is it right for your church? Enjoy a guided tour of multi-site churches across America and see for yourself how churches are growing and reaching their communities. This companion to The Multi-Site Church Revolution gives you on-site pictures of the new and creative ways churches are expanding their impact through multiple locations.
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