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T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!

T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!

  • Strong biblical foundation for CPM kingdom multiplication, including extensive biblical and topical indexes
  • Excellent biblical exposition of: Jesus’ kingdom of God and parables, Paul’s first-century CPMs, the cost of discipleship, the biblical principles of ‘Precedent and Promise,’ and a call to a 21st century Discipleship Re- Revolution
  • Vignettes and examples from Ying Kai’s life and T4T ministry “in his own words”
  • Lots of practical “How to” insights that will walk you step-by-step through the implementation of T4T
  • Careful exposition of the 1/3-1/3-1/3 process that provides the internal engine of T4T reproduction

Steve Smith’s book represents the accumulated wisdom of nearly two decades of CPM best practices from around the world. The T4T, or Training for Trainers, movement is the most explosive and fruitful Church Planting Movement that we have ever seen. Since its inception in 2001, the T4T movement has seen more than 1.7 million baptisms and more than 130,000 new church starts. Truly we have never seen anything quite like this movement that is now influencing other mission efforts throughout the world. With Steve Smith and Ying Kai’s help, we are now given an insider’s look at how and why this movement is multiplying so rapidly. The book also includes real life examples and case studies of how T4T is multiplying new churches and groups in Asia, the Muslim world, and the U.S.

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Growing the Local Church During the Decade of Harvest: A Pastor’s Workshop on Church Growth [2 VHS Videos]

Growing the Local Church During the Decade of Harvest: A Pastor’s Workshop on Church Growth [2 VHS Videos]

(2 VHS Videos) Whether your congregation numbers 50 or 5,000, you need to pause right now and ask yourself: Do I know what God wants to do through me and my church in the coming Decade of Harvest? This 2 hours video presentation is designed to help today’s pastor grow his church during the coming years of harvest. It relates five major steps that will prove invaluable to you and the growth of your church. A dynamic tool for use as we begin working together for a great time of harvest.

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Growing Up Church of Christ

Growing Up Church of Christ

An insightful look at life inside a conservative evangelical community—the Church of Christ.

Growing up in a big church in a small town, Mike S. Allen’s thoughts and stories come from his unique perspective as the son of a famous preacher. Some of his memories are fond and some are, naturally, conflicted.

The narrative also includes sharing from dozens of other believers who talk about their experiences in a place where folks sometimes held strong, heaven-or-hell opinions about various doctrines.

Sprinkled with wit and wisdom, Growing Up Church of Christ is a memory book that eventually leads to a crossroad: remain in the church of one’s youth or take strides in a different direction?

Reviews:

“A narrative with funny, poignant memories.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Speaking as one who ‘grew up Church of Christ,’ author Mike Allen has crafted a written time capsule that literally transported me back to childhood in a single evening. His superb collection of personal vignettes is delivered in a heartwarming and vulnerable style that taps into a wide range of emotions from laughter to tears — at times in but a single page. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute.” —Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University

“In Growing Up Church of Christ, Mike Allen strikes a unique balance. He manages to give us a fun and nostalgic trip back to our youth, while at the same time provoking thought on some weighty matters.” —Steve Lake, regional director of advancement, Harding UniversityAn insightful look at life inside a conservative evangelical community—the Church of Christ.

Growing up in a big church in a small town, Mike S. Allen’s thoughts and stories come from his unique perspective as the son of a famous preacher. Some of his memories are fond and some are, naturally, conflicted.

The narrative also includes sharing from dozens of other believers who talk about their experiences in a place where folks sometimes held strong, heaven-or-hell opinions about various doctrines.

Sprinkled with wit and wisdom, Growing Up Church of Christ is a memory book that eventually leads to a crossroad: remain in the church of one’s youth or take strides in a different direction?

Reviews:

“A narrative with funny, poignant memories.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Speaking as one who ‘grew up Church of Christ,’ author Mike Allen has crafted a written time capsule that literally transported me back to childhood in a single evening. His superb collection of personal vignettes is delivered in a heartwarming and vulnerable style that taps into a wide range of emotions from laughter to tears — at times in but a single page. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute.” —Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University

“In Growing Up Church of Christ, Mike Allen strikes a unique balance. He manages to give us a fun and nostalgic trip back to our youth, while at the same time provoking thought on some weighty matters.” —Steve Lake, regional director of advancement, Harding University

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Outreach 100 2010 (Outreach 100 Largest and Fastest Growing Churches in America, Volume 9, Special Issue)

Outreach 100 2010 (Outreach 100 Largest and Fastest Growing Churches in America, Volume 9, Special Issue)

  • 100 Largest Churches in America
  • 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America
  • Mystery visitor
  • Lifeway Research Special Report

Outreach Magazine, Reach Your Community, Change the World. Each issue is written for growth-minded Church Leaders and filled with ideas, insights and stories of encouragement to reach your community with the love of Christ. Cover Story for The Outreach 100 2010 issue: This annual Outreach Magazine and Lifeway Research Special Report features the 100 Largest and Fastest- Growing Churches in America: The Lists, The Trends, The Stories Behind the Stats, 25 Great Ideas from Growing Churches, Pastors Share Turning-Point Moments, A Mystery Visit to the No. 1 Church, The Dream Center- When the Church Elevates the Community, and Ed Stetzer-A Window on the Work of God.

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The Crisis in the Church – the Growing Trend of the Unchurched Christian

The Crisis in the Church – the Growing Trend of the Unchurched Christian

It’s been undenyable that the church has been changing in the last fifty years. penticostal and charismatic churches have continued to grow while the mainstream churches have battled with ageing congregations and dwindling numbers world wide.

Churches have changed. There’s been the introduction of amplified music and, heaven forbid, DRUMS but the change has been what was needed to bring the younger demographic running to the churches in droves. A church service became a high tech theater production with tv screens colored lights and pa systems suitable for a Stones concert.

Then something started to happen. People started to look for something more. It was easy to get lost in the large congregation. Turning up at church satisfied the mental and moral obligation but inside hearts were craving relationships with people who shared like minds.

Introduce… the home church. A place where people could meet in small numbers and although it was formatted like the larger meetings there was an opportunity to talk and build relationships to some degree. Normally the format followed a church service with some worship, a Bible study and a discussion followed by a time of fellowship. But something else was happening.

For a number of years there has been a slow but undeniable trend appearing where people just don’t go to church at all. People are finding that they have a deep relationship with God in their own lives and want to work it out in their own way. They don’t want to be told when to sit and when to stand or what they will study tonight but rather want to walk the walk and talk the talk at their own pace.

Others of like mind are sought out and informal meetings happen over barbeques and coffees, at lunches and other gatherings that have started to mimic the pattern of the new testament church in the book of Acts. These people don’t compromise. The are walking their faith walk at their own pace and they are seriously real about who they are and where they are with their God. There is an inherent part of them that is displayed to all. An inherent Christian… Something intrinsically different. You can tell that they are a believer by what they say and do, not just on Sundays but every day of their lives.

Books have started to document the trend. People like George Barna in “Revolution” and Jake Coleson in “So you don’t want to go to church anymore” have identified the movement and tried to define what’s happening and while they have grasped a part of it, this wave is still building momentum.

So where will it end? That question I cannot answer, but I know I’m enjoying the ride.

Kenn Bacon is a Director of the Inherent Church and Apostles-today. Founders of a number of ministries including Crossworks and Church in the park, Kenn and Lee have been ministers for over 15 years.

Growing an Engaged Church: How to Stop “Doing Church” and Start Being the Church Again

Growing an Engaged Church: How to Stop “Doing Church” and Start Being the Church Again

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What would a church look like if members of its congregation were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in the church in the past month? Or if they were three times as satisfied with their lives, or spent two hours per week serving the community? Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church appeals to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking to create this kind of change — a way to be the church instead of just “doing church.”

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One of the Fastest Growing Episcopal Churches in the U.S. Breaks Ground in Suwanee, Ga — South Forsyth County

Suwanee, GA (PRWEB) March 7, 2005

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, representing the Anglican Communion in North and Middle Georgia, today announced that it will break ground for its 93rd parish on March 19, at 10:00 a.m. The Right Rev’d J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta and Fr. Tripp Norris, Rector of St. Columba’s, will officiate the event. In recognition of the event, Bishop Alexander says, “I know I speak for every member of the Diocese of Atlanta in extending a warm and enthusiastic congratulations to the good people of St. Columba’s.” He adds, “St. Columba’s practice of “radical hospitality” and resulting growth will be the “gold standard” for starting new congregations in this diocese for year’s to come.”

St. Columba’s new location will be located on 15.5 acres at 939 James Burgess Rd. in South Forsyth County, just 1.5 miles east of Old Atlanta Road and half a mile from Hwy 20 at the Chattahoochee River. The close proximity of St. Columba’s to the tri-county area of Johns Creek makes the church convenient to residents of South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties.

To celebrate the occasion, the ground will be marked with white cording in the shape of a cross. The top of the corded cross will be placed where the future altar will be placed. St. Columba’s invites the congregation and public to bring soil from their homes to mix with the soil of the future church home. The Bishop will bless the land and reveal the rendering of the new parish church. An English tea reception will follow the groundbreaking ceremony.

According to Fr. Norris, “The last sixteen months have been an exciting journey for St. Columba’s. We have been blessed with a very active, Spirit-filled, and growing congregation. Together, we have experienced many “firsts” — many new friendships, new ministries, new outreach programs, and soon, a new building! God has indeed called us here, and we couldn’t have imagined a better beginning.”

About Saint Columba’s: Saint Columba’s Church is one of the fastest growing Episcopal parishes in the United States. Since its first service on September 7, 2004, St. Columba’s has been worshipping at South Forsyth Middle School located on Old Atlanta Road, where it will continue to meet until its new building’s estimated completion date in December, 2005. St. Columba’s has earned a reputation of friendliness as it fulfills its mission of radical hospitality to welcome all people. Even though new, St. Columba’s is a church rich in tradition as Fr. Tripp Norris, St. Columba’s Rector maintains the time-honored liturgical style worship and music carried down through the centuries.

About the Episcopal Church: The Episcopal Church has between two and three million members in about 7500 congregations across the United States and a few related dioceses outside the US. The Episcopal Church is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion, with 94 million members across the globe. Episcopalians believe that the liturgy, our worship together, is the heart of our life, from which flow all of our ministries which seek to embrace the community and deepen our own awareness and connection to God in Jesus Christ.

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Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community

Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community

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The yearning and restlessness of our souls drive us toward God. This hunger and homesickness is the beginning of spiritual formation, according to James C. Wilhoit. In Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, Wilhoit takes a unique approach to the topic. Whereas most books focus on the individual’s spiritual transformation, this one intentionally concentrates on how the local church itself is the seedbed of spiritual growth and how the process is a community effort. This book’s short chapters, sidebar material, and concluding prayers fit well with readers’ busy lives without sacrificing quality and depth of content.

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Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

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If the church is to thrive in the twenty-first century, it will have to take on a new form as it ministers to the 120 million unchurched people in the United States. Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is still virtually the only available text on church planting in North America and beyond. In this third edition, readers will find material on the importance of healthy, biblical change in our churches, updated appendixes, insight on our postmodern ministry context, and strategies for reaching new population demographics such as Generations X and Y. Pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters will find the information and advice found in this book invaluable as they carry out their ministries.

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