Fixing Church 7.0 gets people talking. Thinking differently about Church leads to exciting results.
Fixing Church starts at the beginning -- What did Jesus really say about Church? Why is his first message to a congregation all about blessing? How does my church bless me? Do I bless others when I spend my time in church? And most importantly, How can my congregation become Church with a capital C?
Fixing Church's seven short chapters are geared towards getting people talking. Each session (designed for a one hour small group or class) has both questions and challenging discussion starters. Further resources and web links are also included. Pastors will find a sermon starter kit on Bill Kemp's website for help in tying the content into a seven week series. Topics covered are:
• How to be a Blessing
• How to make your Spiritual Life more enthusiastic
• The joy of real Compassion and mission work
• The nature of Fellowship (and how to fix it when it's broke)
• What makes Worship inspiring? (It's not what people assume)
• How to get back to our Biblical roots
• (and finally) The eternal Soul of the Church.
Fixing Church 7.0 is an appropriate study for Lent. It provides insight into why Jesus was so passionate about his Church that he died for her. It can also be used for leadership training and goal setting retreats. Like Bill Kemp's other books, it helps laity and clergy get back on the same page.It is required reading for anyone concerned about the direction that their church is drifting towards. Knowing the basics helps us change what needs changed and honor what remains for eternity.
Written with the minimum of jargon, Fixing Church 7.0 is appropriate for any denomination or size of congregation. It focuses on the core basics that every Church has in common. The tone of the book is hopeful and non-anxious. It always assumes that Jesus loves your church, and you do too on most days.
|Publisher:||Not Perfect Yet Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Bill Kemp was first published by his denomination's press, Discipleship Resources (The United Methodist Church). In 2010, Bill launched Not Perfect Yet Publishing with an eye to providing a more "unvarnished" guide to church life and personal spirituality. He has a special interest in systemic change and how groups and individuals go through transition.
He lives near in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) with his wife, dog, and cats. He also enjoys travel and photography. He actively pursues spiritual balance, shalom, and economic simplicity.
Table of Contents
Preface: Church with a capital "C"
- Begin Here -- Jesus begins with Blessing. How can our church be a blessing?
- Being Passionate -- 4 things needed to lift Spiritual Passion
- Being Compassionate -- real churches transform their neighborhoods
- Being a Fellowship -- why gathering as a congregation matters
- Being Worship-filled -- what makes for inspiration? How do we get Church to go home with us?
- Being Biblical -- Getting the snow ball rolling on everybody reading scripture
- Being Church (Soul) -- What matters for eternity