Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer

Autopsy Of A Deceased Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433683923
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Presents twelve lessons on keeping a church alive, discussing the consistent themes the author found in dying churches.

Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer

Autopsy Of A Deceased Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433683930
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No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!

I Am a Church Member by Thom S. Rainer

I Am A Church Member
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2013-05
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433679735
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Best-selling author Thom S. Rainer (Simple Church) shows how being an effective church member has more to do with maintaining a healthy biblical attitude than it does worrying over functional issues.

Autopsy of a Dead Church by Lou Mancari

Autopsy Of A Dead Church
  • Author : Lou Mancari
  • Publisher : Xulon Press
  • Release Date : 2006-03-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781600340253
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Autopsy means to "look for yourself within" or "to see with your own eyes." We will open the spiritual body with the scalpel of God's two-edged sword, the Word of God. As we begin the autopsy of the dead church we immediately find that DNA evidence links every person in the church with an infamous and ancient crime scene--the Garden of Eden. As we continue the autopsy of this dead church we find the fingerprints of a noted murderer and thief all over the body. Like all of us, Satan has certain traits that identify his prints. The dead church has had major brain damage. In some cases there is an enchanting or forceful preacher that has performed a spiritual lobotomy hindering any deep or independent biblical thinking of the people of the church.

Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom S. Rainer

Becoming A Welcoming Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781462765461
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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.

Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer

Simple Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2011-06
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9780805447996
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Now in paperback, muti-awarded national hit Simple Church shares a clear message from case studies of 400 North American congregations: Church is done best when it's kept simple.

Scrappy Church by Thom S. Rainer

Scrappy Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2018-09-25
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781535945844
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How many times have we heard these statements… “We can’t compete with the megachurch in our town!” “A new church was started two blocks from us. We’ve got plenty of churches without them!” “The church brought another one of their campuses near us. It’s totally unethical what they are doing.” “We can’t reach young families. They all go to the big church that has all the children’s and student stuff.” “We don’t have the money or the people the other churches have.” Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has heard comments like these hundreds, if not thousands, of times. They are statements of hopelessness. They are statements of despair. They are statements of defeat. Church leaders don’t want to feel this way. They desire to break out of the mediocrity of the same, lame, and tame existence of their churches. They want their churches to make a difference. There is hope. God’s hope. God’s possibilities. What does a scrappy church look like? Let’s take a look together.

We Want You Here by Thom S. Rainer

We Want You Here
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781462780907
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The message is basic but profound. We want guests to know they are welcome to the church. This book is a gift to guests to communicate that very message. Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has created a tool for churches to become more hospitable through a brief, welcoming book that introduces the ministry of the local church to guests. We Want You Here is a clear and instructive message to be given to church guests. Rainer facilitates the follow up conversation that every pastor would have, if they had the opportunity. By giving away the book to guests, they are encouraged, in a non-intrusive manner, to continue to reflect on the decision to visit their church. Those churches who share We Want You Here will be able to tell their guests: • We Really Want You Here • This is Not a Place for Perfect People • We Would Like to Get to Know You • This is Where Families Grow Strong • Getting to Know the One Who Made Us • Come Make a Difference with Us • Thank You for Being Here

Death of the Church by Mike Regele

Death Of The Church
  • Author : Mike Regele
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9780310200062
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This is a research-based analysis of forces that are changing culture and how the church must change as well to fulfill its mission.

Essential Church by Thom S. Rainer

Essential Church
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2010-10-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9780805449372
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Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo. In turn, the Rainers offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again: Simplify - develop a clear structure and process for making disciples. Deepen - provide strong biblical teaching and preaching. Expect - let members know the need for commitment to the congregation. Multiply - emphasize evangelism, outward focus, and starting new churches.

Who Moved My Pulpit by Thom S. Rainer

Who Moved My Pulpit
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2016-06-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433643880
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Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you’re asking. But you’re certainly asking questions about change in the church—where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, and how you’re supposed to hang on and follow God through it—even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new opportunities of this age. Based on conversations with thousands of pastors, combined with on-the-ground research from more than 50,000 churches, best-selling author Thom S. Rainer shares an eight-stage roadmap to leading change in your church. Not by changing doctrine. Not by changing biblical foundations. But by changing methodologies and approaches for reaching a rapidly changing culture. You are the pastor. You are the church staff person. You are an elder. You are a deacon. You are a key lay leader in the church. This is the book that will equip you to celebrate and lead change no matter the cost. The time is now.

Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

Sticky Church
  • Author : Larry Osborne
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release Date : 2008-12-30
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9780310312994
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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 transparentWhat 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.

The Business of the Church by John W. Wimberly,, Jr.

The Business Of The Church
  • Author : John W. Wimberly,, Jr.
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2010-05-18
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781566996495
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Pastors are called to be not only leaders with vision, but also managers of congregational systems, says John Wimberly in The Business of the Church. Drawing on his thirty-six years in ordained ministry, Wimberly weaves the realities of congregational dynamics and faith-centered purpose together with practical, proven approaches to business management. A student and friend of Rabbi Edwin Friedman, Wimberly builds on Friedman's systems theory as he helps readers avoid common pitfalls and put into practice effective techniques of congregational management. The book begins with a foundational discussion of how a systems approach helps congregational managers identify areas of dysfunction and effective solutions. Managing the critical 'inputs' of people, facilities, and finances has a direct bearing on the desired 'outputs' of proclamation, pastoral care, and mission. A strategic plan, through which a congregation sets its goals and identifies and prioritizes resources, is an essential management tool for both pastors and lay leaders. The author's conversational writing style and many real-life examples make a seemingly complicated, mysterious topic for some an engaging and easily applicable read.

I Will by Thom S. Rainer

I Will
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2015-07-15
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433687297
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Now is the time to stand up and say, “I Will!”

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore by Thom Schultz

Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore
  • Author : Thom Schultz
  • Publisher : Group Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781470709631
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This book will forever change the way you think about church! The statistics are clear: The American church is in decline. People are leaving in astounding numbers, with no sign of a turnaround. And despite church leaders’ best efforts to stem the tide, more than 80 percent of people are finding something better to do on Sunday mornings. Why? Is there hope for the future of the church? In this groundbreaking new book, Thom and Joani Schultz expose the church practices that are driving people away and thwarting spiritual growth. Yet they also reveal what can bring them back—the four keys to reaching the “unchurched” and the “dechurched.” The bad news? Your church is probably missing the mark when it comes to the core of Christianity. The good news? There’s hope. Lots of it. The truth may surprise you...but it can also transform your ministry into something truly irresistible.

Awe by Paul David Tripp

Awe
  • Author : Paul David Tripp
  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Release Date : 2015-10-14
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433547102
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Humans are hardwired for awe. Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God. Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory—showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.

What Every Pastor Should Know by Gary L. McIntosh

What Every Pastor Should Know
  • Author : Gary L. McIntosh
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2013-04-15
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781441241030
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Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast! What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and "sacred" laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader's library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They'll get the answers they're looking for all in one place.

Re Vision by Aubrey Malphurs

Re Vision
  • Author : Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2014-10-14
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781441220103
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Pastors around the country continue to look for the program, the book, or the sermon series that will turn their plateaued or declining churches around. But what if the answer to revitalizing the church was closer to home? According to trusted church leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs and veteran pastor Gordon E. Penfold, it is. They believe that pastors themselves are the key. In a time when many pastors are jumping from church to church every two or three years as they search for the "right fit" where they can "make a difference," churches are suffering from a lack of sustained leadership from pastors with a viable vision for ministry. In Re:Vision, Malphurs and Penfold take pastors through a process of discovery and self-evaluation designed to help them re-envision their role, create a culture for positive change, and recruit people to come alongside them as helpers and encouragers. Multiple appendices offer self-diagnostic tools and surveys to help pastors assess their strengths and weaknesses for more effective ministry.

The Book of Church Growth by Thom S. Rainer

The Book Of Church Growth
  • Author : Thom S. Rainer
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1998-09-01
  • Categories : Religion
  • ISBN : 9781433669460
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The Church Growth Movement has divided devout Christians. Even though Rainer is an advocate, his aim here is to present an objective view of the movement--its history, the theology associated with it, and the principles which seem to separate churches that grow from those that don't.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Mistress Of The Art Of Death
  • Author : Ariana Franklin
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-03-04
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9780143181293
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In medieval Cambridge, four children have been murdered. The Catholic townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors, so to save them from the rioting mob, the Cambridge Jews are placed under the protection of the king. King Henry II is no friend of the Jews—or anyone, really—but he believes in law and order, and he desperately needs the taxes he receives from Jewish merchants. Hoping scientific investigation will catch the true killer, Henry calls on his cousin, the King of Sicily—whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe—and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," the earliest form of medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno, an expert in the science of anatomy and the art of detection. But her name is Adelia; the king has been sent a "mistress of the art of death." In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia faces danger at every turn. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, Adelia must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she’s assisted by one of the king’s tax collectors, Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend ... or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia’s investigation takes her along Cambridge’s shadowy river paths, and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries, the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again...