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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Call Down Lightning

    Call Down Lightning

    What the Welsh Revival of 1904 Reveals About the End Times

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 7.08 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    God Is Up to Something Big The Bible dedicates more space to prophecy than to any other subject. These prophetic portions of Scripture have received an enormous amount of literary attention throughout the history of the church. Over the past fifty years alone countless books have been written about the biggest global trends of our day and whether they are signs of the coming end times. But one sign has been inexplicably neglected—revival. Wallace Henley believes such a spiritual awakening is not only possible today but probable—and likely a harbinger of the end times. Where are we on the timeline of human history? Are we approaching the rapture of the church? Henley presents a meticulously researched and compelling case that the Welsh Revival and the historical cycle revealed in God’s redemptive interactions with nations, make it highly likely that our contemporary world is ripe for the lightning of another revival. Henley is confident that we will be a part of that worldwide event, perhaps moving all creation nearer to its sudden glorious conclusion and rebirth.
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  6. Apologetics at the Cross

    Apologetics at the Cross

    An Introduction for Christian Witness

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 9.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Amid the pluralism and secularism of Western culture, Christian apologetics has experienced a renewal of interest. In Apologetics at the Cross, Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen provide an introduction to the field, acquainting students and lay learners with the rich history, biblical foundation, and ongoing relevance of apologetics. Unique in its approach, Apologetics at the Cross presents the biblical and historical foundations for apologetics, explores various contemporary methods for approaching apologetics, and gives practical guidance in "how to" chapters that feature many real-life illustrations. With their respectful approach, which pays special attention to the attitude and posture of the apologist, Chatraw and Allen equip Christians to engage skeptics with the heart as well as the mind. Conversational in tone and balanced in approach, Apologetics at the Cross provides a listenable introduction to the field of apologetics. Listeners will be informed and equipped for engaging a wide range of contemporary challenges with the best in Christian thought.
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  7. Urban Apologetics

    Urban Apologetics

    Restoring Black Dignity with the Gospel

    Author: Eric Mason
    Narrator: Isaiah Young
    Runtime: 11.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "African-Americans have long confronted the challenge of dignity destruction caused by white supremacy. While many have found meaning and restoration of dignity in the black church, others have found it in ethnocentric socioreligious groups and philosophies. These ideologies have grown and developed deep traction in the black community and beyond. Previously found primarily in urban communities and conscious Hip-hop songs, now that we are in the Internet age, they have a broader reach than ever. Revisionist history, conspiracy theories, and misinformation about Jesus and Christianity are the order of the day. Many young African-Americans are disinterested in Christianity and others are leaving the church in search of what these false religious ideas appear to offer, a spirituality more indigenous to their history and ethnicity. Edited by Dr. Eric Mason and featuring a top-notch lineup of contributors, Urban Apologetics is the first book focused entirely on cults, religious groups, and ethnocentric ideologies prevalent in the black community. It brings the church up to speed on the legitimate issues that blacks have with Western Christianity as well as the questions alternative religious groups pose about historic Christianity, and it applies the gospel to black identity to show that Jesus is the only one who can restore our identity."
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  8. 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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  9. Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

    Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

    Author: Ace Collins
    Narrator: Marc Cashman
    Runtime: 4.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over 30 favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you've never met, stories you've never heard, and meanings you'd never have imagined.
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  10. From Social Media to Social Ministry

    From Social Media to Social Ministry

    A Guide to Digital Discipleship

    Author: Nona Jones
    Narrator: Piper Jones
    Runtime: 3.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This book outlines digital discipleship principles for building an online community and provides practical instruction for how to do it no matter how big or small a local church may be. There are more than 2.3 billion professing Christians in the world and more and more new churches launching globally, yet statistics show that in-person church attendance is declining or plateauing in every nation. Although social technology has been around for more than two decades, church leaders have long bristled at the idea of church online, ranking it as the last concern on their minds in Barna's 2020 state of the church report published February 3, 2020. And then, three weeks later, COVID-19 closed the doors of every church on earth and suddenly forced them entirely online. Nona Jones, a globally acclaimed thought leader on leveraging technology for ministry, had been leading a movement and sounding the alarm for several years to make digital discipleship a central part of every church’s ministry approach. In From Social Media to Social Ministry, she outlines her digital discipleship principles and provides practical instruction for how to do it no matter how big or small a local church may be. There are plenty of books to help churches build a social media strategy, but this is the first book of its kind that goes beyond digital marketing to digital ministry. Readers will leave this book with: - Clarity on what discipleship truly is - The data that underscores the urgency for digital discipleship - Understanding of the resources required to do it well - A step-by-step guide on how to implement digital discipleship into ministry plans - Knowledge of the differences among and purposes of the most popular social platforms, as well as the tools best positioned for digital ministry
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  11. The Big Idea

    The Big Idea

    Narrator: Walter Dixon
    Runtime: 5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Community Christian Church embraced the Big Idea and everything changed. They decided to avoid the common mistake of bombarding people with so many “little ideas” that they suffered overload. They also recognized that leaders often don’t insist that the truth be lived out to accomplish Jesus’ mission. Why? Because people’s heads are swimming with too many little ideas, far more than they can ever apply.
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  12. Incarnate Leadership

    Incarnate Leadership

    Narrator: Don Hagen
    Runtime: 4.05 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Whitworth University president Bill Robinson highlights five qualities that characterized the leadership style of Jesus.
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  13. On the Verge

    On the Verge

    A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 10.95 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Two prominent innovators in church planting and church growth express their shared vision for the apostolic—that is, mission-sent—future of the church. They relate inspiring accounts of churches recapturing their apostolic vision, and they explain how a wholly biblical, missional approach can transform other existing churches.
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  14. Liquid Church

    Liquid Church

    6 Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ

    Runtime: 8.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In today's fluid culture, many churches are adrift--longing to reach spiritually thirsty people, but failing to make an impact. Have you noticed? Congregations are stuck or declining. Millennials and Gen Z are walking away. Volunteers and their generosity are drying up. Is your city, town, or neighborhood spiritually dry? Do you long to see more of the living water of Jesus flowing freely through your community, generating a fresh wave of ministry momentum? Buckle up: you're in for a whitewater ride! Liquid Church tells the fascinating story of a New Jersey church that began 'on accident' and grew into one of America's 100 Fastest-Growing Churches, with over 5,000 in weekly attendance and more than 2,400 baptisms to date. Their secret? They harnessed the power of six powerful ministry currents sweeping across North America including: special needs, creative communication, ministry mergers, compassionate cause, radical generosity, and leadership development. With powerful stories and scriptural insights, backed by national research, Tim Lucas and Warren Bird describe dozens of fresh ideas, new ministry wineskins, and hard-won leadership learnings that resonate with rising generations in today's 'show-then-tell' culture. Each chapter includes practical tools, real-life examples, and links to 'Other Churches Making Waves' with cutting-edge ministry ideas designed to help saturate your city for Christ. Ready to dive deeper? Whether you serve a brand-new church plant, fast-growing congregation, or an aging ministry ready for reinvention, Liquid Church is an inspiring and practical guide for leaders ready to reach their spiritually thirsty neighbors--those who have given up on church, but haven't given up on God.
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  15. The Multiplying Church

    The Multiplying Church

    Narrator: Don Reed
    Runtime: 6.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This is a must-read for pastors and lay leaders involved in, or wanting to learn about, the church multiplication groundswell in North America. It shows how multiplying churches should be a natural, regular function in the DNA of every church. Learn the principles from master multiplier Bob Roberts. Here is powerful hope for the church in America.
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