Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes

Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes

by Geoff Surratt

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Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error. The book draws from the experience of Seacoast Church as well as pastors such as Craig Groeschel, Chris Hodges, Perry Nobel, Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Chapman, Dino Rizzo, Ron Hamilton, and Dave Browning, Church leaders will be encouraged to realize that they are not the only ones who struggle, and that turning their situation around may not be as daunting a task as they think. This is a field guide for the common pastor based on actual churches of all sizes.

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ISBN-13: 9780310590675
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/30/2009
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 642 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Geoff Surratt is on staff of Seacoast Church, a successful and high-visibility multi-site church. Geoff has twenty-four years of ministry experience in churches. Along with his wife and two children, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is coauthor of The Multi-Site Church Revolution and author of Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing.

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10 Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lmstevens01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. I have made some of the 10 mistakes in the ministry - but not all 10! I don't agree 100% with everything that Geoff says to avoid or fix the mistakes, but I will say the 10 mistakes are clearly mistakes that every church should avoid. Geoff is an interesting writer - he keeps things light-hearted but with an impact. It is not a dry textbook! The two chapters that spoke the most to me were "Providing a Second-Rate Worship Experience" and "Settling for Low Quality in Children's Ministry." These are areas of growth potential for our small, rural church.
jostalli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I received my copy of, Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt, I was not sure what to think. However, as a brand new church planter I soon found a book that will be a key resource over the years to come. This is not a book of theory, but a guide full of practical "how to" advice. It is advice that covers everything from the role of the senior pastor's family to how to handle discipline in the congregation or with staff. Each chapter ends with the key insight of a pastor that has successfully lived out the experience of that particular chapter and then followed by the "IQ Test". The "IQ Test" questions allow the book to become a workbook to provide a platform for discussion and discovery between the pastor and leadership team. Surratt keeps a balance throughout the book by often reminding the reader that ministry is more than completing steps 1,2,3 etc, but it is a call that must have the anointing and direction of God. His sense of humor is an added bonus. This book can be a useful resource for all pastors no matter what stage they are in ministry. But for a new or future church planter, it should be required reading. Jon Stallings, Senior Pastor, Redeemer's Way Foursquare Church
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THe information in this book is essentel to any chrch want to NOT SHRINK. THe book is fun, funny and right on on the thngs we see done everyday in churchs. We se it in the other church but miss it in our own. Our Education Supervisor suggest I read this ( humm ) Great Book!