Congregations are stuck or declining.
Millennials and Gen Z are walking away.
Volunteers and their generosity are drying up.
Is your city, town, or neighborhood spiritually dry? Do you long to see more of the living water of Jesus flowing freely through your community, generating a fresh wave of ministry momentum?
Buckle up: you're in for a whitewater ride!
Liquid Church tells the fascinating story of a New Jersey church that began "on accident" and grew into one of America's 100 Fastest-Growing Churches, with over 5,000 in weekly attendance and more than 2,400 baptisms to date. Their secret? They harnessed the power of six powerful ministry currents sweeping across North America including: special needs, creative communication, ministry mergers, compassionate cause, radical generosity, and leadership development.
With powerful stories and scriptural insights, backed by national research, Tim Lucas and Warren Bird describe dozens of fresh ideas, new ministry wineskins, and hard-won leadership learnings that resonate with rising generations in today's "show-then-tell" culture. Each chapter includes practical tools, real-life examples, and links to "Other Churches Making Waves" with cutting-edge ministry ideas designed to help saturate your city for Christ.
Ready to dive deeper?
Whether you serve a brand-new church plant, fast-growing congregation, or an aging ministry ready for reinvention, Liquid Church is an inspiring and practical guide for leaders ready to reach their spiritually thirsty neighborsthose who have given up on church, but haven't given up on God.
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About the Author
Warren Bird (Ph D, Fordham University) is vice president of research for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA.org). He draws from twenty years of experience of pastoring and seminary teaching. He is an award - winning researcher and writer, having co-authored more than thirty books for church leaders. He and his college sweetheart wife live just outside of New York City.
Table of Contents
Foreword Carey Nieuwhof 11
Part 1 Living Water Running Wild
1 I Dare You to Dive Deeper 23
2 The Accidental Birth of Liquid Church 35
3 Our Saturation Strategy 54
Part 2 Six Currents That Form a Powerful River
4 Love the Overlooked: Special Needs 71
5 Ignite the Imagination: Creative Communication 93
6 Quench Their Thirst: Compassionate Cause 125
7 Unite the Generations: Ministry Mergers 148
8 Inspire Generosity: Guilt-Free Giving 175
9 Develop Untapped Talent: Leadership Culture 199
Part 3 Flowing with the Spirit
10 A River Runs Through It 231
11 How Do You Saturate Your City? 239
12 Launch Points in the River: Suggestions for Leaders 255
Scripture Index 281
Meet the Authors 283