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Look Back, Leap Forward: Building Your Church on the Values of the Past [NOOK Book]

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The rapid changes all around us in the new millennium may cause one of two errors: wishing to return to an idealized past or refusing to look back at all. Both patterns of thinking lead to ineffective churches and communities. Look Back, Leap Forward challenges Christian leaders to balance the two extremes: look back to find the core values that give meaning to ministry and then use them to build the future and take hold of new opportunities.
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Look Back, Leap Forward: Building Your Church on the Values of the Past

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Overview

The rapid changes all around us in the new millennium may cause one of two errors: wishing to return to an idealized past or refusing to look back at all. Both patterns of thinking lead to ineffective churches and communities. Look Back, Leap Forward challenges Christian leaders to balance the two extremes: look back to find the core values that give meaning to ministry and then use them to build the future and take hold of new opportunities.

This book's unique focus presents a holistic picture of how lay leadership, not just clergy, can turn a church around. It is packed with practical examples that may be put to immediate use. McIntosh, a church growth specialist, provides step-by-step guidance to help pastors and lay leaders:
•recognize and defeat enemies of the twenty-first century church
•heal past wounds
•look back to discover purpose, values, and vision for the future
•accomplish more by doing less
•control finances while leaping forward
•develop a long-range plan for effective ministry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441243829
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Gary L. McIntosh, director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Talbot School of Theology, began the Church Growth Network and has analyzed more than five hundred churches representing fifty-three denominations. Author of seven books, including One Size Doesn't Fit All and Staff Yourself for Growth, McIntosh conducts workshops for pastors and leads national seminars. He resides in Temecula, California.
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: What Are These Stones?
1 Enemies All Around
2 Turnaround Leaders
3 Getting Close to the People
4 Taking the "Mirror" Test
5 Healing the Wounds
6 Controlling the Finances
7 Finding the Positives
8 Focusing on Change
9 Listening to the Past
10 Looking to the Future
11 Stripping Out the Cholesterol
12 Focusing on Core Ministries
13 Devising a Plan
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