Church That Works: Your One-Stop Resource for Effective Ministry [NOOK Book]


Help for facing the challenges of ministry in the real world

Church That Works offers sound guidance on the ministry details and ...
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Church That Works: Your One-Stop Resource for Effective Ministry

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Help for facing the challenges of ministry in the real world

Church That Works offers sound guidance on the ministry details and decisions that sooner or later require your attention. In this idea-packed book you will find practical advice on issues pastors commonly face, such as

-assessing new ministry trends
-welcoming and following up with newcomers to your church
-planning worship services
-revitalizing a declining church
-ministering across generations
-leading and compensating staff

Whatever your ministry situation, Church That Works gives you the insights and wisdom of a trusted advisor to help your church face the challenges of ministry in a new century with confidence.

"Remarkably insightful, informative, and thought-provoking. Gary has an outstanding knowledge of a wide range of subjects. I heartily recommend this work to all pastors and church leaders."--Dr. Mark Williams, vice president of training, Dynamic Church Planting International

"Church That Works will enable every leader in the church to understand twenty-first-century congregation health, growth, and outreach. Comprehensive in scope, practical in discussion, and empowering in change; every minister and church member will be lifted to a new level of effectiveness. It is a must read."--Mark T. O'Farrell, district superintendent, Southeastern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585581610
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 961 KB

Meet the Author

Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Part 1 Building Foundations
1. The Speed of Change 10
2. A New Social Contract 13
3. Prayer 17
Part 2 Changing Times
4. Sixty-Five Years of Television 26
5. The Information Age 32
6. 1950s versus 2000s 40
Part 3 Church Visitors
7. Attracting Guests 50
8. Starting Good Rumors 55
9. How Do You Say Hello? 59
Part 4 People Flow
10. Is Your Church Friendly? 66
11. What Guests See 71
12. Pathways of Belonging 74
Part 5 Assimilation
13. Assimilating Newcomers 80
14. Getting Ready for Company 87
15. Visitor Follow-Up That Works! 92
Part 6 Worship
16. Celebrative Worship Services 98
17. Multiple Worship Services 102
18. Adding a Second Service 106
Part 7 Renewal
19. Turning a Church Around 112
20. Coming Back after Disaster 116
21. Relocating a Church 120
Part 8 Pastoral Compensation
22. Negotiating Salary 126
23. Developing a Compensation Plan 131
24. Supplements, Benefits, and Reimbursements 135
Part 9 Developing Ministry
25. Children's Ministry 142
26. The Best Child Care 145
27. Fifties-Plus Ministry 149
Part 10 Small Groups
28. Small-Group Ministry 156
29. Starting Small Groups 161
30. A Small-Group Life Cycle 166
Part 11 Personal Development
31. The Need to Read 172
32. Personal Time Management 175
33. Hooked on Learning 179
Part 12 Planning
34. Training a Church Board 184
35. Faith Planning 187
36. Look for Your Stars 193
Part 13 Management
37. To Count or Not to Count 198
38. The 80 Percent Rule 202
39. Managing Conflict 206
Part 14 Staff
40. Staffing for Growth 212
41. Adding Pastoral Staff 217
42. Nine Principles for Hiring Staff 222
Part 15 Service
43. A Culture of Service 228
44. Putting People First 232
45. The Needs of People 236
Part 16 Change
46. Bringing Change to a Church 242
47. Systems and Change 246
48. Managing Change 250
Part 17 Growth
49. Pioneers versus Homesteaders 256
50. Keep Your Vision Alive 260
51. Reaching Out 263
A Final Word
52. Responding to Criticism 268
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