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One of the church's primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in people's lives. Today's pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area. Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual people-congregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.
The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In Axiom, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories ... 1. Vision and strategy ("Promote Shameless Profitability," "Take a Flyer") 2. Teamwork and communication ("Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't for Hire," "Disagree without Drawing Blood") 3. Activity and assessment ("Develop a Mole System," "Sweat the Small Stuff") 4. Personal integrity ("Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up," "Fight for Your Family") ... Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader's journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.
God wants to use you to make an eternal difference in the lives of your friends. And there s no better time than now. After age nineteen, the chance of your friends coming to Christ drops to 6 percent. That s right: 6 percent. That means if anyone is going to help them discover a real relationship with the God who loves them, it will probably need to be you. If you re like many Christians, you really want to share your faith, but you don t know how. Just the thought might seem scary. You don t have to act weird or become someone you re not. What s so cool is that God wants to use you the way you are---your interests, your personality, your strengths, and even some of your weaknesses. You ll be amazed at how these are the very things the Holy Spirit can use to help you confidently relate to your friends and introduce them to Jesus Christ. Forget about long, boring lectures. The exciting sessions in this book are full of lively discussions, role playing, and all kinds of opportunities to interact with your group. You won t just get to know your group members better, you ll get to know yourself better, too. You ll find out which of the six evangelism styles fits you. You ll learn how to share your faith in a natural, authentic way with other students who need God s love and truth. And you ll discover the unbeatable joy of seeing people you care about become real followers of Christ It s designed to be most effective when used in conjunction with the Becoming a Contagious Christian Youth Edition Leader s Guide as you use the Becoming a Contagious Christian Youth Edition evangelism course curriculum kit."
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Discover a Proven Approach to Raising Your Church s Evangelistic Temperature Evangelism. It s one of the highest values in the church. So why do so few churches put real effort into it? Maybe it s because we don t understand the evangelistic potential of the church well enough to get excited about it. Becoming a Contagious Church will change that. Revised and updated, this streamlined edition dispels outdated preconceptions and reveals evangelism as it really can be. What s more, it walks you through a 6-Stage Process and includes a brand-new 6-Stage Process assessment tool for taking your church beyond mere talk to infections energy, action, and lasting commitment. This book is not optional It s required reading for all who are serious about reaching their communities for Christ. Ignoring this book would be pastoral malpractice Lee Strobel, author of The Case for the Real Jesus You can t read this book without having your heart stirred to share the gospel. It s contagious Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life Entire leadership teams and outreach committees should read and discuss this powerful book---and then put its principles into action. John Maxwell, author of Developing Leaders Around You I can t emphasize how important books like this one are for the future of the church. It demythologizes the fear and awkwardness of evangelism into something biblical, tangible, and practical for every person. Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church Becoming a Contagious Church is hands-down the most comprehensive work on church evangelism I ve ever read. Its principles can turn inward-looking church attenders into outward-looking church evangelists. Craig Groeschel, senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv"
Over 100,000 sold *Great for individuals and teams *Includes provocative discussion questions I wish I had your gift How do you handle those words as a creative artist? Somewhere between pride and self-abasement lies true humility---just one aspect of the balanced character God wants to instill in you as an actor, a musician, a visual artist, or other creative person involved in ministry. God is interested in your art and your heart. The Heart of the Artist deals head-on with issues every person in an arts ministry faces: *Servanthood Versus Stardom *Excellence Versus Perfectionism *The Spiritual Disciplines of the Artist *The Artist in Community . . . and more The Heart of the Artist will give you a better understanding of yourself and your unique place in the body of Christ. You ll find wisdom and encouragement that can help you survive the challenges and reap the rich joys of a ministry in the creative arts. Breathtakingly personal, practical, and poignant. ---Timothy Tien, New York, New York I am better for having applied these principles. . . . A must-read for church staff, creative types, growing Christians, human beings. ---Rev. Ginny Allen, Jackson, Mississippi Rory Noland pinpoints issues that often arise in the life of the artist, and gives good, biblical solutions. A must-have for Christian artists in any field. ---Tom Hinkle, Tulsa, Oklahoma Rory Noland is director of Heart of the Artist Ministries (www.heartoftheartist.org), an organization dedicated to turning teams of church artists into communities of grace. A composer songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church."
No one can deny our culture is opposed to Christian values, and the influences bombarding our children's moral development are difficult to contend with. But few parents and church leaders realize that a child's moral development is set by the age of nine. It is therefore critical to start developing a child's biblical worldview from the very earliest years of life. The problem is complex: parents who themselves did not receive early spiritual training leave their children's training to the church. Yet the church often focuses on older children. The answer is for churches to come alongside parents to provide them biblical worldview training, parenting information, and counseling that will equip them to help their children become the spiritually mature church of tomorrow. This helpful and hopeful book unpacks just how to develop this kind of dynamic church/parent relationship and includes profiles of churches that are effectively ministering to children and winning the war for their hearts and minds.
Featuring Ken Blanchard, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and others Lead Like Jesus is not just an audio, but is part of a movement sweeping across the world transforming how leadership is viewed and how leaders should be developed. Ken Blanchard, author of several New York Times Bestsellers including The One Minute Manager, along with Rick Warren, author of the bestseller The Purpose Driven Life and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, and Bill Hybels, author and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, come together with the most powerful insights for leaders ever.
Over the past several years church leaders have seen one report
after another stating that over 50% of evangelical kids walk away
from Christianity as adults. Believing the best strategy for
turning the tide is to strengthen families, the authors seek to
challenge leaders to restore their homes as the proving ground of
Overscheduled. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Sound familiar? "Too"
"Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Overscheduled." Sound familiar? Today's velocity of life can consume and control us . . . until our breakneck pace begins to feel normal and expected. That's where the danger lies: When we spend our lives doing things that keep us busy but don't really matter, we sacrifice the things that do.What if your life could be different? What if you could be certain you were living the life God called you to live--and building a legacy for those you love? If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn't matter--and start doing what does.In "Simplify," bestselling author Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living--and offers searingly practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls.
Bill Hybels's accessible introduction to prayer teaches us how to slow down to pray, listen to God, respond to what we hear, practice the presence of God, and overcome prayer barriers.
Building on the solid foundation laid in "Becoming a Contagious Christian," "Just Walk Across the Room" signals the next era in personal evangelism. Pastor Bill Hybels's firm conviction is that the highest value in personal evangelism is being attuned to and cooperative with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This means playing only the role you are intended to play?walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when the Spirit says to talk, and falling silent when the Spirit suggests that you've already said enough.
More than two thousand years ago, Jesus himself introduced the perfect model for evangelism. He left the marvelous adoration of the angels and the perfection of heaven, and he chose to "walk" clear across the cosmos. He had no memorized script, no forced formulas. Instead, he was armed only with an offer of redemption to people just like you and me, many of whom were neck-deep in pain of their own making.
Today, the goal for every Christian is to reflect Christ's love and follow his example by taking simple walks across rooms?leaving our circles of comfort and extending hands of care, compassion, and inclusiveness to people living far from God. Hybels encourages Christ-followers to "live in 3-D"?developing friendships, discovering stories, and discerning appropriate next steps?as a means of learning to understand the Spirit's promptings.
With fresh perspectives from his own reflections and experiences collected during his most recent decade of ministry. Hybels shows with undeniable clarity the power of this approach to evangelism. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal. And you may be only a conversation away from having unparalleled impact on someone's life?if you will just walk across the room.
4 sermons in 1 audio "The End of Financial Folly "by Bill
"Spiritual Leadership in the Global City "is a contemporary study of the extraordinary spiritual leaders God has called out to be a sphere of influence in the global city of New York. Recognized voice and spiritual leader Mac Pier has compiled the stories of these leaders and the churches that are collaborating at historic levels to transform lives in the city and the city itself. Engulfed in stories from the mayor's office to the lesser-known homeless shelters in the Bronx, readers will experience a sense of transformation. Although written primarily for lay and professional church leaders, this book will benefit any believer with a passion for people and transforming lives. It is also appropriate for institutions equipping people to serve and work in the cities. This book looks at the data that enables leadership to thrive within these environments and provides the serious reader with the theology, history, and practice of leadership within the urban context. Through this book, readers will be pointed toward training and educational resources.
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