The Irresistible Church: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds

The Irresistible Church: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds

by Wayne Cordeiro

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Overview

After more than 25 years of ministry in Hawaii, Wayne Cordeiro knows how to do church as a team. In his signature style, he shares this expertise with pastors, lay leaders, and people in the pew who want to see their churches become more vibrant. The 12 practical steps include ways to help people become part of a community, develop a culture of serving, turn visitors into regular attenders, and much more. This short, easy-to-read book is one pastors will want to share with their leadership team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441232250
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 989 KB

About the Author

Wayne Cordeiro is senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after speaker. He has authored eight books, including The Divine Mentor and Doing Church as a Team. He is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant over 100 churches around the world. Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three children and several grandchildren.
Wayne Cordeiro is founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, with more than 14,500 in weekly attendance as well as an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after speaker. He has authored ten books, including The Divine Mentor, Leading on Empty, and Doing Church as a Team. He is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant more than 100 churches around the world. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, Outreach, and Ministry Today. Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three children and several grandchildren. Wayne and Anna now split their time between Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon, where they have a family farm.

Table of Contents

Foreward Bill Hybels 9

Introduction: Getting the Most From This Book 11

An Irresistible Church 23

Part 1 Hungers for the Presence of God 25

Part 2 Remembers Who She 35

Part 3 Lives Heart First 45

Part 4 Practices Gratefolness 57

Part 5 Promotes Healthy Relationships 67

Part 6 Is Always Learning 77

Part 7 Promotes Spiritual Self-Feeding 89

Part 8 Connects Everything to a Soul 99

Part 9 Chooses to Love 107

Part 10 Takes Risks 117

Part 11 Humbles Itself 127

Part 12 Has a Plan 139

Study Guide 151

Notes 169

Acknowledgments 171

About the Author 173

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The Irresistible Church: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kurtabeard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wayne Cordeiro's, The Irresistible Church falls into the growing category of self help books for churches. He is another name in a list of mega-church pastors who have decided to write down their knowledge and keys for success and like most books in the category The Irresistible Church is resistible. Cordeiro breaks the success of a church in 12 traits and spends a handful of pages on each trait but most traits boild down to "the Holy Spirit". Half way through the book I realized Cordeiro wasn't defining the Irresistible Church he was defining the church. This created the implication that you can have a church that doesn't "hunger for the presence of God." Without hungering for the presence of God you don't have a church must less an irresistible church. To make matters worse Cordeiro skips over what makes a church truly a church and truly irresistible; (from the Belgic Confession article 29) "The true church can be recognized if it has the following marks: The church engages in the pure preaching of the gospel; it makes use of the pure administration of the sacraments as Christ instituted them; it practices church discipline for correcting faults. In short, it governs itself according to the pure Word of God, rejecting all things contrary to it and holding Jesus Christ as the only Head. By these marks one can be assured of recognizing the true church-- and no one ought to be separated from it."Maybe this is an instance where the author stepped over a dollar to pick up a dime. A pastor's reading time would be much better spent studying scripture, improving preaching or meditating on the sacraments then reading what the end results of those actions will bring. While his 12 traits are much easier to grasp than those in the marks of the church in the Belgic Confession his traits are just traits and not limited to the church nor indicative of the church. It's a focus book that any organization can use as an outline but it won't transform a club or business into a church.Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided at no cost through LibraryThing¿s Early Reviewer¿s program.
Lenow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Books on the essential traits of a church are legion these days. Many successful pastors have written books that reveal the "secrets" of their success. The Irresistible Church by Wayne Cordeiro falls in the same genre of these others. Like most of the other books of this type, there are some helpful nuggets of truth along the way that can inspire you to grow in your faith and build up the church. In the midst of those nuggets are tons of stories about what worked at that particular church with the obligatory caveat that "what worked here may bot work in your situation."The twelve traits that Cordeiro lists are:1. Hungers for the presence of God2. Remembers who she is3. Lives heart first4. Practices gratefulness5. Promotes healthy relationships6. Is always learning7. Promotes spiritual self-feeding8. Connects everything to a soul9. Chooses to love10. Takes risks11. Humbles itself12. Has a planAs one can see from this list, most of these traits apply equally to individuals as they do to the church. In fact, the discussion on some of them focus more on the individual than the church. Therefore, Cordeiro could just have easily entitled his book "The Irresistible Believer" or something to that effect.The book is quite easy to read and flows quickly. The chapters are short and provide plenty of stories to keep the reader's interest.The biggest issue I have with the book is the premise for the twelve traits. In the introduction, Cordeiro writes, "This book is about a church that heaven can't help but be deeply involved with, a church that God can't help but bless and use for His eternal purposes" (11). There seems to be a serious theological problem with this premise. Does God depend on our behavior or actions as a church to choose whether or not to use a church for his purposes? God used Nebuchadnezzar to accomplish his eternal purposes, yet Babylon was less than holy. Can we ever force God to do something? Biblically, the answer to this question is a resounding, "No!" I think I understand Cordeiro's heart in this statement, but one must be much more careful in choosing language about God lest he say something about God that is patently untrue. I fear that Cordeiro has been less than careful in this situation.Overall, this is a decent read, but I would not necessarily go out and buy the book with the hopes of finding something original or groundbreaking.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suppose, as a mega-church pastor, you can only be asked for the secrets to your success for so long before you finally break down and write a book about it! In The Irresistible Church, Cordeiro follows in the footsteps of other large-scale church leaders in writing down the elements that helped his ministry grow. To his credit, this isn't a book about specific strategies or marketing. Instead, he writes about topics like teaching church attenders to feed themselves spiritually, growing from your mistakes, and the need to be humble.I was underwhelmed by the book. It's a mildly inspirational/motivational read for pastors who are too busy to do any serious study. The twelve traits are quite random and reflect the priorities of Western evangelical church culture. When scripture is used, it's often just inserted out of context to prop up his point, like a good proof-text should. Take, for example, Psalm 46:10 (ESV): Be still, and know that I am God I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!Did you know that was written to encourage believers to get to know God for themselves, not just via church sermons?The length was also an issue. When you try to pack 12 traits into 142 pages (more in the consumer version¿I'm assuming added padding and call-outs), you're left with about 10 pages per trait after the introductory stuff's out of the way. Pack in lots of illustrative stories and a healthy dose of bullet-points, and you're not left with much content in the way of actual teaching.Here's a question. Does your personal library have a lot of John Maxwell and Rick Warren titles in it? If so, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you trend more towards Richard Foster and Eugene Peterson, you may want to look elsewhere for inspiration.Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided at no cost through LibraryThing¿s Early Reviewer¿s program.
jclemence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first received my copy of Wayne Cordeiro's book, The Irresistible Church, I thought I was in for yet another church "fad." I was sure it would have something to do with making your church more like Starbucks, or stress some program or formula for success. I was pleasantly surprised to find, however, that the book was neither of the above. Rather, it was a reflection by a man who has been involved in the businesses of pastoring and church planting for over 30 years, and who has some really good things to say.The book consists of the twelve traits that any church must have to be successful (in God's eyes). I won't list the traits here, but by and large they are ideas that many an organizational leadership and/or church leadership book has already covered, and most of which any good leader should already know and practice. What was refreshing about The Irresistible Church, then, was not the content per se, but rather the manner in which Cordeiro presented it. He writes in a very engaging and personally challenging manner. He doesn't just present the material; he compels you to interact with it, to ask the tough questions of yourself. I also appreciated his balanced approach to what God does versus what we do. For example, he states in the introduction, "Change must be empowered by the Holy Spirit because true transformation is not man-made. It's Spirit led and Spirit empowered. Yet we also must commit ourselves in such a way that the Holy Spirit is delighted to work through us." Throughout the book, he does well to reemphasize that God is sovereign, and yet we have our part to play, too. Finally, as a good pastor/preacher, he successfully wove in many good, personal stories as illustrations.All in all, the book was a quick, engaging and fun read. People seeking a novel leadership paradigm or a "quick fix" for their church will be disappointed, but people who are seeking edification and growth by being challenged with time-tested leadership and spiritual principles will not have read the book in vain.
deusvitae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book designed to encourage Christians to devote themselves to God and His purposes so as to make the churches with which they assemble irresistible before God.There is a disconnect between the publisher's marketing and the substance of the book-- the subtitle of the book is "12 traits of a church people love to attend*," while the author's premise is that he is setting forth 12 traits of a church that is irresistible to God. The author's presentation and focus are quite refreshing; there are plenty of books out there seeking to encourage churches to be more attractive to unbelievers, and precious few about how churches are to be attractive to God.The substance of the book is consistent with a lot of other books on similar subjects-- all things done with purpose, attempting to bring people in, love, risk, mission based, etc. Some features are excellent and not as well highlighted in other resources-- humility, direction toward self-feeding, seeking God's presence, working toward healthy internal relationships, gratefulness, and so forth.The Evangelical bent of the author is evident in the descriptions of salvation and references to God's communication directly or mediated through the Holy Spirit. There are other smaller matters of some dispute; nevertheless, on the whole, an excellent resource for all Christians seeking to become better disciples of Jesus and that their local assemblies may be more aligned with the will of God for them.**--unedited galley received as part of early review program. Perhaps subtitle will be more appropriate in final edition.
AaronFenlason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In "The Irresistible Church," Wayne Cordeiro describes 12 traits that are essential for a church that is blessed by God. These traits are not breakthrough or revolutionary. They are biblical, common-sense qualities. Cordeiro avoids the tendency to make cultural significance the measure of success for the church. Writing in a simple, straight-forward style, his concern is to show that success is measured in light of the opinion of heaven. Apart from the danger of implying that these qualities impose a necessity on God's part, the book is faithful to emphasize that matters of the heart and spirit are what place a church in the position of receiving tremendous blessing from God.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Practical, Biblical, implementable. Pastor Wayne speaks with great wisdom, insight and love. He truly has a heart for the Church. I have just planted a church, Chr1st Fellowship Community Church, and am using this book with our congregation as a target to strive for. If you are in the Church, new or old, large or small, growing or struggling, this easy to read book can be a gtreat source of guidance and encouragement. Pick this book up, you will be glad you did.
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