How do we help our churches grow not just additionally, but exponentially? These 5 books offer insight into 5 different models that could change the way you view your church’s mission. They center around the following themes:
- Church planting
- Church mergers
- Using baby boomers to their full potential
- Multiethnic, missional church
- Church rhythms & cycles
by Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird
A groundbreaking guide for multiplying the impact of church plants. Based on a study that was commissioned by the Leadership Network, Viral Churches reveals the best practices in church planting and uncovers the common threads among them. A much-needed resource, this book will inform, guide, and even catalyze today’s many church planting leaders. Authors Stetzer and Bird clearly show leaders how to plant churches that create a multiplication movement and offer inspiration for them to do so. The book addresses their questions about what to do next in their church planting strategies, in light of research on what’s actually working best.
by Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird
Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. This book contains practical, hands-on advice for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a “second life.”
by Amy Hanson
How can ministry leaders help older adults be a vital part of Christian community? With the explosion of the older adult population, this important book explores the opportunities and challenges that this presents for the Christian community. Amy Hanson challenges us to let go of many old stereotypes regarding aging and embrace a new paradigm that sees older adults as active, healthy and capable of making significant contributions.
by Efrem Smith
Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multi-ethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community. It provides a common-sense approach to creating a multi-ethnic Christian community. It includes practical ministry models and real stories of people who are members of thriving multi-ethnic congregations. This book is written for anyone wrestling with what it means to be a Christian in an increasingly multi-ethnic world polarized by class, politics, and race.
by Bruce Miller
A healthy church will find ways to harmonize with created and providential rhythms. Churches, as all organisms and organizations, develop through stages, experience seasons, and live in the cycles of creation (days and years). Miller challenges the idea of a balanced church—trying to have it all, all the time. Typically church leaders try to have every ministry moving full speed ahead at every point in time and inevitably feel guilty if any one aspect (worship, ministries, or outreach) is neglected. In place of the elusive search for balance, Miller proposes rhythm: flowing in seasons and cycles. Churches, like people, need to give priority to different purposes and ministries at different times.