Change Your Church For Good

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Every week, more and more people walk away from the church—not because they don’t believe but because church has become irrelevant to their lives. Not God but church.

In Change Your Church for Good, Pastor Brad Powell rekindles hope for the future. He provides essential tools to shake up a stagnant body of believers and infuse it with love, outreach, cultural relevance, and a renewed relationship with God. Drawing on first-hand experience with the church at NorthRidge, where has...

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Overview

Every week, more and more people walk away from the church—not because they don’t believe but because church has become irrelevant to their lives. Not God but church.

In Change Your Church for Good, Pastor Brad Powell rekindles hope for the future. He provides essential tools to shake up a stagnant body of believers and infuse it with love, outreach, cultural relevance, and a renewed relationship with God. Drawing on first-hand experience with the church at NorthRidge, where has served as Senior Pastor since 1990, Brad relays the trials and ultimately the triumph of restoring life and joy to a church that was dying.

If you are a leader seeking a blueprint for change—or a member praying for a miracle—this living example can serve as a springboard for your church. Transitioning NorthRidge Church into a thriving congregation, recently named the Midwest’s “Fastest Growing Church” and “One of the Top 50 Most Influential Churches,” was hard work but eternally worth it. Though once irrelevant and dying, this church is now reaching thousands of people for Christ and providing the hope of renewal to churches around the world.

All believers can take the challenge to get the church working right. When we do, the church will become what we long for and what God has always intended her to be . . . “the hope of the world."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781418543662
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Powell is the Senior Pastor of NorthRidge Church, which attended by more than 12,700 weekly. Under Brad's leadership NorthRidge transitioned from a dying church to an exciting, contemporary church communicating God's Word, and Brad communicates his message of Change Without Compromise as a frequent conference speaker worldwide and as host of his own annual CWC conference. He and his wife Roxann have three adult children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: Churches Are Dying?but There's Hope! 11

Part 1 Here Is the Church

Chapter 1 Failure Was Not Final 25

If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere

Chapter 2 Well Conceived 35

Hope of the World

Chapter 3 Poorly Executed 53

It's Not Working Right

Chapter 4 It's All in the Delivery 73

Change Without Compromise

Part 2 Start the Wave

Chapter 5 You Gotta Be Crazy 117

The Right Leader

Chapter 6 Can't Do It Alone 143

Investing in Leaders and Building Teams

Chapter 7 Give Them a Reason 161

Exposing the Necessity of Change

Part 3 Paint the Target

Chapter 8 Help Them See in 4-D 171

Developing and Implementing a Ministry Charter

Chapter 9 Can You Hear Me Now? 191

Communication, Communication, Communication

Chapter 10 Know What's: Killing You 213

Identifying the Essential Targets of Change

Part 4 Go for It

Chapter 11 Make It Fresh 229

Creating Fresh Opportunities for Momentum

Chapter 12 There Will Be Casualties 245

Accepting Short-Term Losses for Long-Term Gains

Chapter 13 Double Your Investment 259

Hard Work and Huge Faith

Chapter 14 Straight Ahead 271

Staying the Course

Part 5 Hope of the World

Chapter 15 A Life Is Waiting 283

Lost People Matter to God

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Help for your ailing church!

    I have agreed to participate in the BookSneeze program sponsored by Thomas Nelson Publishing. In exchange for my review, I have received the book for free. My first assignment is the title Change Your Church For Good by Brad Powell. I was excited to get this book since my own church has been working on changing for the better. While this book is particularly targeted to those churches that might be considered "dying", I believe it has merit for any church that wants to improve the experience for it's members. Brad Powell does a great job of quoting relevant scriptures to support his action plan for changing your church for good. A great tool for church leaders and members alike, Change Your Church For Good should be in the hands of those needing a positive way to change the empty seats in their auditoriums into occupied seats.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Change Your Church for Good by Brad Powell

    Brad Powell has served as senior pastor at NorthRidge church in Michigan since 1990. In Change Your Church for Good, he offers his experience of leading his church through the transition of dying Baptist parish to exploding megachurch as an example for others seeking "a blueprint for change."

    I admit that this book challenged me in many ways. It got me thinking about questions like 'What is worship?', 'Who is it for?', "What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth?', 'How does the church reach the lost?' But, unfortunately, I didn't find any significant treatment of the answers to these questions in this book.

    I found it to be a superficial sales model for a method that does not fit any universal experience of what is real, meaningful, and life-changing about worship. I found it equated worship with evangelism, or even entertainment, which ultimately, are completely different things to me. I found it really didn't leave much room for what I do find meaningful, for what feeds me, and allows me to reach out to and intercede for a lost and hurting world.

    Not recommended. Try 'Spiritual Formation as if the Church Really Mattered' instead.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [http://BookSneeze.com] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Exactly what the church needs!

    Change Your Church For Good by Brad Powell is exactly the kind of book that America's church leaders need to be reading. Powell - pastor of NorthRidge Church in Michigan - has seen his fair share of dead and dying churches. In Change Your Church For Good, Powell uses his experiences and insights to help guide churches back onto the path that they were intended for -- one that imitates Christ.

    Powell is honest...brutally honest. But, he also provides solid scripture to back up his points and makes an incredibly compelling case for the Church's need to seek relevance in our society. His criticism is not without suggestions on how to change, either. Change Your Church For Good contains solid principals on which to start restructuring your church. The first of which being the Bible and the life of Christ.

    The church has forsaken its first love for tradition and comfort. Change Your Church is a call for Christians to return to our first love.

    Full disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I was not required to give a positive review! Join me in reviewing by visiting BookSneeze.com.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Change YOur Church For Good

    Across America today, churches are dying and they shouldn't be. In some cases it is the fault of the congregation. In some cases it is the fault of the leader. Regardless of who is at fault, churches should be alive and thriving. Brad Powell has written a great work called Change Your Church For Good. Powell is the senior pastor of NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, MI. He writes from his experience in churches that have not always thrived. Powell has real credibility in that he has led his church from decline to a place of thriving success. Change Your Church For Good is the story of the "how" NorthRidge made the turn, along with practical concepts for every church leader. Powell constantly reminds the reader that churches can be changed with compromising the truth.

    Powell reveals what keeps the church on the path toward death. Things like no clear vision, the leaders lack of courage to lead, traditions, irrelevant ministry, and poor location keep the church from becoming true change agents. Once identifying the problems facing the church, Powell gives ten solid principles for, as he says, "turning the ship's wheel of the church". Change Your Church For Good is not a how-to, do-this-and-all-will-be-perfect book on church growth. Instead, he gives the principles that have worked on the field of ministry through trial and error.

    Parts of this book challenged me. I found the sections on communication especially helpful. Other parts were good reminders. I believe this book will benefit pastors and other leadership staff. It is an easy read as Powell has made a very serious topic engaging and more easily understood, and offers hope. As part of the BookSneeze blogger review program, I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Change your church for good

    I think a better title would have been, change your church for God, because that is the point the author actually makes. Churches are losing more souls left and right and the churches are dying. The author discloses ways he has used to revitalize dying churches. If you enjoyed Rick Warrens, Purpose Driven Church then you will probably enjoy this book as they both speak to the same condition: a church in need.
    What does he think is killing churches? Traditions. Bad, outdated,traditions. Churches must meet the needs of the people and yesterdays needs are not the same as todays! The church must change in order to grow. Life demands growth and if the church is the body of Jesus then it must grow. Anything standing still long enough will get stagnant. I read and have reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson Publishing; but I pick what to read and I say what I feel. I think every man who pastors a church should read this book: I dont know any better resource tool that experience and this book is a journal of the authors experiences, what he tried and what worked for him. Noone wants to see a church fail; noone wants to feel helpless as a church goes down. Every Christian should read this book and reap a sense of empowerment; there are things people can do to help the church...like not relying on the pastor to do all the work or come up with all the ideas! This book is a great use of your time.

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