The Real Welcoming Church: Imitating God, Thinking Like Jesus

The Real Welcoming Church: Imitating God, Thinking Like Jesus

by Stewart Brown


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Imagine your life transforming from:

Selfishness to others-focused service

Getting to giving

Inertia to energy

Complaining to overflowing gratitude

Plodding to laser-focused purpose

This is what you will experience as a member of a real welcoming church as revealed in this book. Based on imitating God (Ephesians 5:1) and thinking like Jesus (Philippians 2:5), this book leads each reader into an honest self-examination and church evaluation, based completely on God’s Word, and into four key life stages:

Stage 1. Struggling church: Start where you are and discover what keeps you and your church from joyful growth and continually bearing much fruit for Jesus.

Stage 2. Godly church: Discover how God wants you and your church to think, act, and welcome others as you interact with Old and New Testament principles.

Stage 3: Inviting church: Explore the signs, evidences, processes and results of the real welcoming church through which Jesus expresses His loving, empowering heart.

Stage 4. Inspiring church: Learn 9 steps to practise on a daily basis so God can inspire others through you and your church as you pray, support, worship and work together.

This is an exciting and practical interactive book, full of Bible-based resources and principles to empower you in making lasting friends and transformative relationships in your church and community.

Excellent! I was drawn in immediately by this work.

—Deric Bartlett (Canada)

This book is not only an effective teaching tool; it is truly edifying. Dr. Brown's instruction rests squarely on Scripture and on years of proven ministry experience. Apply these principles and get ready to grow!

—Dan Pearson (USA)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781486615698
Publisher: Word Alive Press
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Stewart Brown has been the pastor of churches in Toronto, Halifax, southwestern and northwestern Ontario, and Edmonton. He is also the author of award winning book Majesty in Motion. His equipping resources can be found at: Stewart currently resides in Wolfville, NS, with his wife, Sandra. He is the father of three married sons and the grandfather of seven.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xi

How to Get the Most Out of This Book xiii

Introduction xv

Stage One:

The Struggling Church 1

Stage Two:

The Godly Church: God in Us, God Through Us 34

Stage Three:

The Welcoming Church: Creating a Welcoming Culture 79

Stage Four:

The Inspiring Church: Producing Passionate Participants 107

Appendix A:

A Daily Plan for Welcoming Christians 135

Appendix B:

Transforming Real Church Membership 137

Appendix C:

Action Points for Group Study of This Book 141

Appendix D:

Power Sundays—Doing Church Worship God’s Way 143

Appendix E:

Weekly Strategy for a 24/7 Welcoming Church 147

About the Author 151

Selected Bibliography 153

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