Church Leadership/Growth

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First Impressions

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$19.99
Newly updated! Guests in church often decide whether to return or not before service even starts. It's crucial to create a welcoming environment for guest of your church--to ensure that their first impression is the best impression. Author Mark Waltz gives you practical strategies that have worked in his own church--that you can easily implement in yours. Learn how to make guests feel welcome the moment they pull in to your parking lot.Gain an understanding of the philosophy, strategy, and implementation of a ministry that focuses on welcoming guests.Get practical ideas that take your church "greeting" to a whole new level. Includes updated information.
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9780764491078
Publication Date: 
01/01/2013
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Lasting Impressions

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$19.99
Newly updated!Discover how to create a church culture that encourages connections--and draws people deeper into the life at your church and deeper into a relationship with Jesus. Author Mark Waltz provides proven steps for turning church guests into belivers and believers into committed Christ-followers. Identify ways to help people grow.Develop experiences that help people belong, not just attend.Take a step deeper into the ministry and mission of your church This book provides strategies that are flexible and adaptable for any church. Includes updated information.
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9780764491085
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01/01/2013
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How to WOW Your Church Guests

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$9.99
Have you ever asked the question, "Why aren't visitors coming back to our church?" The truth is: as much as we want new people to visit and stay at our church, we don't always show it. Traditions and routines can get in the way of reaching new people who come through your doors. People who don't yet know they matter to God. People who may be the most important people in the building on any given Sunday. Inside the pages of "How to Wow Your Church Guests," you'll discover 101 simple things that send big messages to your guests. Each one will help you consider your church's welcome quotient. Written in a practical, actionable style, even if you only embrace a few of these ideas you'll immediately improve the quality of guest services in your organization. Order one for each leader and influencer in your church. By working together, you can put your best foot forward. Who knows...you might even convince Mr. and Mrs. Jones to give up their coveted parking spot under that shady oak tree!
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9780764469916
Publication Date: 
07/01/2011
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Nelson's Minister's Manual - King James Version

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$16.99
The minister's life is punctuated by unscheduled emergencies in the lives of church members friends, and other acquaintances. Here is a resource to help deal with those occurrences seamlessly.
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9780785250906
Publication Date: 
12/01/2003
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Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual

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$18.99
This companion training manual to "Real-Life Discipleship" provides unique guidance and insight to pastors, church leaders, and their disciples as they work to create an effective discipleship program. With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciple-making so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ. A great leader's resource, it shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.
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9781615215591
Publication Date: 
09/01/2010
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The Equipping Church Guidebook

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$22.99
Like a building site well-stocked with quality raw materials, your church abounds with possibilities--life-changing ministries just waiting to be developed. The Equipping Church Guidebook shows you how. Refining and expanding groundbreaking material, this in-depth approach helps you identify, equip, and empower lay ministers who will profoundly influence your church and your community. Behind this volume lies a massive body of research on hundreds of equipping churches across the country. Now you and your leadership team can reap the benefits with this exhaustive, hands-on resource. Nothing else compares with it. Designed and field-tested by today s leading architects of equipping ministry, Leadership Training Network, The Equipping Church Guidebook is a blueprint for custom-building the systems and culture that are ideal for your church. Part one, Building an Equipping Ministry Vision and Culture, explains what an equipping church is, walks you through the conceptual stages, and helps your church transition to equipping vision and values. Part two, Building an Equipping Ministry System, helps you lay relational and strategic foundations, and then build on them an equipping system that gives structure and effectiveness to every aspect of church life. The Equipping Church Guidebook includes * Detailed information, clear instructions, and helpful examples * Abundant charts, graphs, and diagrams * Worksheets and assessment forms to help you apply the concepts in this book * Practical suggestions and checklists * "Contractors Conferences" to foster dialogue and decision-making as a leadership team Together with The Equipping Church, this guidebook helps you and your leadership team catch and implement the vision of Ephesians 4:11-13--equipping the saints for works of service that lead to spiritual maturity--in your church. One of the most challenging and exciting journeys in your church s life lies ahead of you. Let the adventure begin!"
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9780310239574
Publication Date: 
09/01/2001
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The Equipping Church: Serving Together To Transform Lives

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$21.00
Picture your church as a place where the priesthood of believers finds its expression in creative and powerful ways. Picture leaders and staff equipping and unleashing people to minister in ways consistent with how God designed them. Think of the effectiveness, vitality, and contentment that come when the body of Christ nurtures itself through the healthy give-and-take of each member. In The Equipping Church, Sue Mallory describes the benefits, the structure, and the culture of an equipping church and shows how your congregation can become one. This book is about limitless possibilities. Think "vision." What might your church look like if its members became vital, fully empowered partners in ministry? How can you help them discover and release their full potential? How would their roles change--and yours? AN EQUIPPING CHURCH IS A CHURCH WHERE: * pastors and leaders enable church members to share in ministry * people s gifts, talents, and life callings are matched with areas of service * ministry opportunities are recognized and developed * the culture encourages the growth of a broad array of ministries *a well-designed system addresses needs of every kind, both individual and corporate *the pastor doesn t have to be all things to all people Unpacking insights and principles uncovered by Leadership Training Network over the last several years, Mallory helps you customize an equipping system and culture in your church. You ll proceed from preparation (what you need to know), to foundations (what you need to change), to construction (what you need to do). In the process, Mallory takes you inside the story of her own church, Brentwood Presbyterian, to observe the different stages of their trial-and-error journey and how it has transformed their approach to "doing church." See how they dealt with various concerns that arose along the way, and meet men and women whose lives have been changed because Brentwood took the ministry road less traveled. Each chapter includes a section of "Equipping Principles," questions for discussion and reflection, and a summary of different equipping churches from around the country. With the accompanying Equipping Church Guidebook, this book will be a mile marker in your church--and the gateway to a more effective and biblical approach to ministry."
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9780310240679
Publication Date: 
09/01/2001
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Doing Church As A Team

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$14.99
When a Church Works Together, "Nothing "Is Beyond Reach Your church may have many members, but does every member have a purpose? In "Doing Church as a Team," Pastor Wayne Cordeiro underscores that church numbers are insignificant when every individual is not involved. However, if the team members work together as one toward a single, clearly defined goal, anything is possible--and everyone shares in the joys and rewards of success! Pastor Wayne Cordeiro shows you how to identify the hidden callings of the members in your church so that together you can accomplish "anything" God has called you to do.
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9780764214493
Publication Date: 
09/01/2004
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Unfinished Business: Returning The Ministry To The People Of God

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$16.99
The Reformation restored the Scriptures to the people, but the job was only halfway finished. Today the church is awakening to the truth that ministry is not just the domain of clergy, but belongs to the entire body of Christ. God is moving her to complete her unfinished business of placing the ministry back in the hands of the people. Unfinished Business has played a pivotal part in helping the church reclaim ministry at the grassroots level. First published in 1990 as The New Reformation, it has become a classic resource for church life. Expanding on and updating the original material with fresh examples and references to eight key important movements, this new edition lays foundations for the church to move from: . Passive to active . Maintenance to mission . Clergy to people of God . Teacher/caregiver to equipping enabler Pointing us back to the church as an organism, not an institution, author Greg Ogden shows how each of us is called to help finish the Reformation s unfinished business: expressing the priesthood of every believer practically in the church, the world, and all avenues of life."
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9780310246190
Publication Date: 
11/01/2013
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Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore

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$14.99
It's sad but true: The American church is shrinking...fast.  God-loving people are leaving in droves, and everything that attracted them in the past simply doesn't work anymore. Is there anything the church can do to turn the tide?Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore reveals the truth about this steep decline, along with innovative ideas for changing the way people think about church.  Through startling statistics, compelling stories, and a surprising Jesus-based approach, you'll be stretched to redefine the way you do church.It all begins by embracing four simple acts of love: Radical hospitality Fearless conversation Genuine humility Divine anticipation   Far from theoretical musings, these practical acts show Jesus' love to people who crave it.  You'll see why they really work, how they're taking root in hundreds of communities around the country, and how you can help bring people back into a relationship with God.The time for changing the church is now.  And the one who can change it is you. 
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9780764488443
Publication Date: 
10/01/2013

To Serve This Present Age

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$14.99
The African American church has a charge to keep.KEY FEATURES:- Reviews the history of the black church’s social justice contributions and leadership - Establishes today’s need for justice ministries in the congregation and community - Spotlights real-life ministries and initiatives - Provides sample training manual materials At a time when the African American church is increasingly associated with the controversial prosperity gospel, pastors Danielle Ayers and Reginald Williams remind black church leaders of the prophetic call to “do justice.” Exploring first the biblical foundations for justice work that goes beyond charity, the authors also recall the storied history of the black church’s leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. From there, this practical resource establishes the contemporary need for justice ministries in the congregation and the community. From initiatives of care and education to programs of action and collaboration, discover the transforming impact the church can have on society, culture, and community through diverse social justice ministries. Features Spotlights on real-life ministries and initiatives, common justice issues, and a resource guide to assist in the creation and sustaining of ministries of justice.
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9780817017286
Publication Date: 
02/01/2013

The Future Of The African American Church: An Invitation To Dialoge

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$15.99
What is the future of African American churches? Authors Ralph Watkins and Justin West don’t claim to have a crystal ball. They don’t come with a corrective prescription for what the African American church should be. Instead, they come to the conversation as Christian leaders who love the black church as family -- and who want to talk about what the church can be. The Future of the African American Church invites elders and young leaders alike to the table to discuss, "How does the church serve the present age?" How can , "prophetic, " churches and , ""praise, " churches come together to reimagine ministry? What can each tradition learn from the other -- and what gifts do we together have to offer the people of God in the world?Featuring a discussion on the highly debated question "Is the black church dead or alive?" this book offers a new, thought-provoking perspective for reflection and action.Key features:• Contains two distinctive voices offering readers different perspectives and experiences ` • Responds to recent critiques of the black church by scholars and pastor-authors, Edwin Glaude, Anthony Pinn, and Marvin A. McMickle • Invites reconciliation and respect between the "praise and worship"and "prophetic justice"traditions in the African American Church I• Includes discussion questions for small-group dialogue
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9780817017422
Publication Date: 
04/15/2014

Youth Ministry In The Black Church

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$16.99
Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is the bridge between youth leaders’ desire for holistic and relevant ministry and the hope-centered leadership necessary to make it happen. Wimberly, Barnes and Johnson recognize the challenges of youth ministry and offer effective strategies in three key areas:•Ministry leadership•Ministry programs•Congregational supportUsing Scripture, case illustrations, anecdotes, best practices, and reflection points, this resource is practical and beneficial for leaders, pastors and parents. Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is sure to renew the vision and promise of youth ministry in churches.
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9780817017361
Publication Date: 
06/01/2013

Giving & Tithing: Includes Serving And Stewardship

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$6.99
Giving and tithing something that concerns everyoneDoes God need your money?What is a tithe?Should you tithe from your net or your gross?Why give to the church?How can you know which organizations to support?Although it is better to give than to receive, giving is harder for most people. Giving is not only good stewardship; it enables the church to help those in need.Respected Christian financial expert Larry Burkett uses God's Word to show the strong biblical basis for giving to and serving in the church. Using benevolence ministries as an example, Burkett explains how God uses Christians to minister in His name. This is accomplished by giving back to God a portion of what He has graciously given to us."
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9780802437372
Publication Date: 
08/01/1998
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Tithing: Discover The Freedom Of Biblical Giving

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$9.99
R.T. Kendall believes that all Christians are called to tithe. What is more, he is convinced that the church would be revitalized and the world transformed if all Christians did begin to tithe. Dr. Kendall combines this bold claim with the biblical, theological, and practical implications of tithing. Tithing is sometimes regarded as threatening, but it emerges in this book as both challenging and inspiring. Numerous exciting testimonies are told, all demonstrating in individual lives the principle that underlies tithing. “You cannot outgive the Lord.”
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9780310383314
Publication Date: 
07/15/1983

A Biblical Perspective On Tithing & Giving

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$16.99
According to author Rich Brott, nothing happens in the economy of God until you give something away. It is a universal law of God. Giving is the trigger for Gods financial miracles. When you give to the Kingdom of God, it will be given back to you. We must do so in complete confidence that our God will not only meet our needs, but allow us to have plenty left over so that we can joyfully share it with others. When it comes to personal possessions, money and wealth, you cannot take it with you but you CAN send it on ahead. Bottom line is this: what you keep, you will lose, but what you give away, you will gain. When you become a faithful tither and a generous giver you become an individual whom God can bless.
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9781601850003
Publication Date: 
07/26/2007

The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Giving

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$19.99
Discover the Joy of Giving--and the Rewards of ReceivingThis book will transform your life for the better, bringing you guaranteed financial results. But it will do more than that. It will change every area of your life: marriage, family, health, and relationships. For when God changes your heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of your life journey is affected.If all believers followed the practical guidance of The Blessed Life, every church could be built, every nation would have an abundance of missionaries--and all would reap the benefits of having a generous heart. With humor, passion, and clarity, Robert Morris presents the secrets of living a blessed life both financially and spiritually.
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9780764217074
Publication Date: 
09/08/2004

Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community and Justice

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$15.99
Topics include discipleship issues such as Sunday school, intergenerational worship settings, and evangelism; redefinition of community through strategic planning, ecumenical partnerships, and communication in a larger world; and pursuit of justice through inclusion of the poor and the prisoner. Recognizing the generational shift within congregations across the country and anticipating areas of church life that require attention or reform, this volume offers possibilities for new directions within Christian communities.Key features:• Challenges the church to consider alternative ways to doing church in order to strengthen and grow congregations •Offers practical strategies that address key areas of congregational health• Explores the core themes of community, discipleship, and justice with emerging Christian leaders of diverse denominations, generations and vocations
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9780817017569
Publication Date: 
05/01/2015

Christian Minister's Manual

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$24.99
Updated and expanded with 32 pages of additional content designed to meet the growing demands of busy ministers, the "Christian Minister's Manual" is an essential tool for ministers. This DuoTone edition includes an online access code for Word(r) and rich text format files of the full contents of this book, as well as customizable templates for sermon building, orders of worship, programs, questionnaires, forms, and other resources to help meet the individual needs of each congregation.This essential tool for ministers features Scripture readings, sermons, outlines, and practical tips for Worship services Weddings Funerals Ordinations Communion meditations Baptisms Dedications Hospital visitation Evangelism and much more!"
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9780784733615
Publication Date: 
08/01/2012

Minister's Service Manual

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$16.99
The Minister's Service Manual is an essential tool for pastors of any denomination in preparing for worship services, weddings, funerals, benedictions, dedications, baptisms, and more. This handy volume now contains updated information throughout and the best of the Minister's Marriage Manual as well. With these procedures, forms, suggestions, poems, and outlines, ministers will be fully prepared to create an appropriate service no matter what the occasion.
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9780801091667
Publication Date: 
10/01/2003

Network: Participants Guide

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$10.99
Discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving in the body of Christ Network, the leading course for discovering spiritual gifts and empowering people for ministry has been revised and updated. This material, developed in partnership with the Willow Creek Association, helps churches appropriately guide people to the place of ministry that best reflects who they are. Churches will see increased participation, greater effectiveness, more enthusiasm, and less burn-out in their congregation. Believers in their church will discover the spiritual gifts God has given them. They will have a better understanding of God's will for their lives because of gaining a better understanding of who God created them to be. This complete seminar in a box includes a leader's guide; a participant's guide; a DVD with drama vignettes; and a CD-ROM with a coach's guide, a user's guide, and a PowerPoint(R). Participants will be assessed on their personal style, spiritual passion, and gifts. Network works with any size group, from small groups of 4 to 12 to large groups of 15 to 150. The six Network sessions can be presented successfully in three flexible formats: three sessions of two hours each; six sessions of forty-five minutes each; or one- two- or three-day retreats.
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9780310257950
Publication Date: 
06/01/2005
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The Work Of The Usher

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$10.00
This book is a complete guide, simply and clearly written, suitable for individual or group study.
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9780817003562
Publication Date: 
12/01/1982
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The Usher's Book

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$5.99
A concise guide to the responsibilities of the church usher, intended for use by church staff or volunteers to train new ushers and to help experienced ushers learn new ways to create a welcoming and safe environment for the congregation and visitors. The text covers ushers' responsibilities related to special worship services such as communion, weddings, and funerals, safety issues, and the importance of the ushers' access to and knowledge of emergency equipment in the sanctuary, how ushers should assist persons with disabilities, how ushers serve as worship styles change, and a special section on Greeters and how they can work with ushers to create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and new members. Includes a brief glossary of worship terms and a quick reference chart/checklist.
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9780687038626
Publication Date: 
07/01/2005

Serving As A Church Usher

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$7.99
For: -Individual use -Group training Includes usher's checklist and resources for the offering Your importance as an usher can't be overstated. Your impact is enormous both in meeting the needs of people and in keeping the church service running smoothly. Serving as a Church Usher sheds light on -The Ministry of Ushers -The Functions of an Usher -An Usher's Standard of Excellence -The Authority and Responsibility of Ushers -Ushers as Greeters Zondervan Practical Ministry Guides provide you with simple, practical insights for serving in today's churches. Written by experienced pastors and church workers, these easy-to-read, to-the-point booklets address the fundamentals of different ministries as practiced effectively in real life. You'll find biblical insight and wise, field-tested advice you can apply today, as well as discussion questions to help you think through and integrate what you read.
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9780310247630
Publication Date: 
09/29/2002
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Courageous Leadership

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$14.99
The book you hold resonates with this conviction: that leaders such as you have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead your church effectively so God s message of hope can change the world? Then this book is for you. Courageous Leadership is Bill Hybels magnum opus, a book far too important to be written before its time. Only now, after nearly thirty years leading his own church from a handful of people with a burning vision into a globe-spanning kingdom force only after almost three decades of victories and setbacks, of praying hard and risking big is Hybels ready at last to share the lessons he has learned, and continues to learn, about Christian leadership. Too much is at stake for you not to maximize your spiritual gift of leadership, insists Hybels. In this passionate, powerful book, he unpacks the tools, tasks, and challenges of your calling. You ll discover the power of vision and how to turn it into action. You ll gain frontline insights for developing a kingdom dream team, discovering your leadership style, developing other leaders, making decisions, walking with God, embracing change, staying your God-given course, and much, much more. Drawing on his own richly varied life experiences, Hybels fleshes out vital principles with riveting firsthand stories. This is far more than another book on leadership strategies and techniques. You ll find those topics in here, to be sure. But beyond them, you ll find the very essence of one of today s foremost Christian leaders his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing as a leader himself. If unchurched people matter to you . . . if you love seeing believers serve passionately with their spiritual gifts . . . if God s heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat as well . . . then this book is a must. Courageous Leadership will convince you to lead with all your might, all your skill, and all your faith. And it will give you the tools to do just that."
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9780310495956
Publication Date: 
04/01/2012
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