Just Say Yes

Author: Robert Schnase
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1630889849
Format: PDF, ePub
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Churches say No in a thousand ways to new ideas, ministry initiatives, and creative people. Churches struggle with committees that are no longer conducive to their mission while pastors and laity have become conditioned to view anything new with suspicion and resistance. Churches operate with a pervasive culture of No. Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry is written for people whose passion has been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes! It’s for those whose energy and ideas have been tamped down by systems and attitudes that restrain ministry and who have felt frustrated by attempts to start programs, reach new people, or experiment with alternative worship services, only to be told No. Robert Schnase examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry. He demonstrates practical ways church leaders can rethink fundamental assumptions about organizations and leadership. Real-church examples show how every church can unleash its people for ministry—encouraging, emboldening, and equipping them. “Significant turnaround could happen in churches everywhere if each congregation worked through this book, chapter by chapter.” —Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church “Just Say Yes! is a valuable resource for laity and leaders who want to make a real difference in their mission field. I’m making it required reading in every church I coach and work with.” —Ken Willard, Certified Consultant and Coach, Leadership 4 Transformation; author, Time Management for the Christian Leader from Abingdon Press “The energy of the Holy Spirit jumps off every page and right into your heart and mind in a way that could make all things new.” —Patricia Farris, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica, CA “If we take this book seriously we will see people unleashed for ministry in the world. In the process we may just rediscover why our churches exist in the first place.” —Clay Oliphint, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Richardson, TX “Schnase examines how churches say No, then provides an inspiring and practical look at how they can say Yes. We need this book!” —Steve Harper, Professor of Spiritual Formation (retired); author, Five Marks of a Methodist from Abingdon Press

An Invitation to the Table

Author: Michelle Lazurek
Publisher: ACU Press
ISBN: 0891126236
Format: PDF
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Jesus spent a chunk of his ministry eating and drinking with the "sinners and tax collectors" of the world. If we strive to be more like Jesus, shouldn’t we do more of what he did? Hospitality involves more than the domesticated event we have grown accustomed to practicing. It is an embodiment of all the Christian life stands for: a gesture of love, opening up our hearts and lives, and sacrificing luxury and security for the chance to display God’s glory. To receive hospitality from others is an invitation to receive God’s transformative power to work in their lives. Readers will ask themselves these questions: • What is hospitality? • Is it something I am, or something I do? • How do I offer my life as a gesture of hospitality? • What are some practical ways for me to display and receive hospitality?

Practicing Extravagant Generosity

Author: Robert C. Schnase
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426728557
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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An indispensable part of the Extravagant Generosity stewardship program, this volume, by Bishop Schnase, opens the Scriptures to show the joy and grace of giving. Designed to provide daily Bible readings for the four weeks of the program, it leads the reader to explore such questions as “Why do we give,” “Who benefits most from our giving,” and “Where does true contentment come from?” By reading and following this guide to the spiritual discipline of stewardship, church members will experience afresh the joy of serving God with their time, talents, and gifts. Would you like to receive this content via a daily email? Please visit www.ministrymatters.com/dailyemails Additional program components include: An overview timeline, providing quick information on what happens during each week of the stewardship campaign. A guidebook for leaders that covers all aspects of the campaign, from detailed plans for each of the four Sunday services to marketing materials like flyers and postcards to e-mail messages and letters designed to be sent to specific groups within the congregation–all available on the enclosed CD-ROM. A small-group leader's guide to host Sunday school and other small groups during the program using the devotional book. A DVD with video segments for four group-study sessions and short clips for use in worship. The Extravagant Generosity kit is also available.

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Author: Robert Schnase
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1501858882
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Over the past ten years, thousands of church leaders have successfully transformed congregations with the principles from the original Five Practices: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. However, much has changed in the world and the Church. Leaders have discovered new ways to implement the Five Practices in settings that were not imagined when the original book was released. This revised and updated edition of the ministry leadership classic includes a significant amount of new material. How are the Practices being used now, in new types of congregations? How has each Practice changed in the last decade? What new issues or concerns do leaders need to consider in relation to each Practice? This revision provides leaders with a 'next step' look at the original practices. Schnase gathered ideas and other content from ministry leaders who have been using the Five Practices, and explains how those ideas work, how leaders adapted the principles to their own settings, and how they expanded them. A new preface redefines 'Congregations' given their evolving nature. When the original book was written, the new forms of Christian community either did not exist or were barely known. The Five Practices are, however, just as essential to the new types of congregations as they were to the traditional church. Since the original book, there is more variety, diversity, and experimentation in worship. The revised Five Practices includes material based on these new forms. Small group study has always been important for intentional faith development. But since the original book, the nature of those groups has transformed to include secular settings and a wide variety of affinities profoundly affecting how faith leaders approach issues of faith development, and in many cases radically changes what they offer in their communities. Imagine the topic of Risk-Taking Mission and Service before Black Lives Matter, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Trump administration. This new version gives instruction and specific ideas for how we might best serve today’s world.

The Fruitful Life

Author: Jerry Bridges
Publisher: Tyndale House
ISBN: 1617472069
Format: PDF, ePub
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We want to live loving, joyful, anxiety-free lives. Yet how can we live in grace when we’re so busy battling our old patterns of behavior? Jerry Bridges explores the nine aspects of the “fruit of the Spirit” described in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities of character can truly mark our lives if we devote ourselves to a twofold pursuit: God-centeredness and God-likeness. Jerry shows us how to practice the fruit in daily life. When The Fruitful Life first released, Jerry said, “It was the book I had wanted to write that included everything I forgot and/or learned since The Pursuit of Holiness.”

Five Practices of Fruitful Living

Author: Robert C. Schnase
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426708807
Format: PDF, ePub
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How do I cultivate a life that is purposeful, deep, and fruitful? What are the commitments, critical risks, and personal practices that open me to God's grace? How can I discover the spiritual life and the difference God intends for me to make in the world? Radical Hospitality. Passionate Worship. Intentional Faith Development. Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Extravagant Generosity. Five Practices of Fruitful Living provides an honest, practical, and winsome guide to the spiritual journey. By repeating and deepening certain fundamental personal practices, we cooperate with God in our spiritual growth. These Five Practicesùto receive God's love, to love God in return, to grow in Christ, to serve others, and to give ourselves fullyùas we attend to them and develop them, help us settle ourselves in God and become instruments of God's grace. Following Christ will change your heart; and through you, God will change the world. Robert Schnase offers an outstanding, practical, and inspiring look at the practices of discipleship. Read it and be encouraged and blessed.-Adam Hamilton, author of 24 Hours That Changed the World If you want to become serious about living a faithful and fruitful life, this is the book for you. In Five. Practices of Fruitful Living, Robert Schnase takes us to the practice field of daily life and guides us in the reception, understanding, and investing of God's grace in daily living.-Rueben P. Job, author of Three Simple Rules

Jesus and the Beanstalk

Author: Lori Stanley Roeleveld
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1501820052
Format: PDF, Kindle
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We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring? Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith: · Faith · Goodness · Knowledge · Self-control · Perseverance · Godliness · Affection for others · Love In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants. PRAISE FOR JESUS AND THE BEANSTALK: “Jesus and the Beanstalk is crafted to touch mind, heart, and soul. It has no lesser goal than to remind all believers that they are giant killers. In an age when there are many new and frightening affronts to people of faith there is no better time to be reminded that giants can be felled by faith and determination.” ~ Alton Gansky, Award winning author of over 35 books "Lori Stanley Roeleveld has given us new spiritual and practical motivation for increasing our ministry effectiveness. This book is refreshing and relevant to daily life. Lori weaves creative, practical and powerful possibilities for us, as disciples to live out our faith through sharing Christ in encouraging ways." ~ Rev. Jim W. Hollis

Seven Levers

Author: Robert Schnase
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426788088
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A lever helps us move an object that otherwise we could never budge. Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences explores conferences in operational terms, highlighting focal points for change. What works in conferences, what doesn’t, and why? Author Robert Schnase shows us how to identify and change practices that are no longer conducive to our mission and demonstrates concrete ways to foster a more relevant and effective connectionalism. He uses specific conference examples to describe fundamental strategies that really work. Seven Levers provides insight and a common language to help leaders focus their work on what matters most and align their ministries, personnel, budgets, and governance accordingly. It is an honest and practical guide for all the pastors, lay leaders, conference staff, cabinets, and conference boards striving to shape their common ministries through conferences. Schnase’s best-selling Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations has focused and strengthened ministry in thousands of congregations. Now Seven Levers gives hope and direction for those who are frustrated by conference work that is too often unfocused and unfruitful and who long for a more innovative and relevant connectionalism. "Seven Levers charts a clear and compelling course for annual conferences and other judicatories." —Douglas T. Anderson, Associate Director of Church Development, Indiana Conference (United Methodist Church) "Filled with insight, examples, provocation, and hope." —Lovett H. Weems Jr., Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary "Positive and hopeful, Seven Levers will change your conference. I heartily recommend it for every clergy and lay member of the annual conference." —Janice Huie, Bishop, Texas Conference (United Methodist Church) "This book is gold. . . . Seven Levers is itself an unprecedented lever for our denomination!" —Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of Connectional and Missional Church Initiatives, West Ohio Conference (United Methodist Church)

The Gospel Uncut

Author: Jeremy White
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 144976567X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When it comes to God’s grace and forgiveness, do you sometimes feel like church folks speak out of both sides of their mouths? In this provocative book, Pastor Jeremy White explains why God’s grace and truth do not “balance” each other out. Instead, you will discover that grace is radically imbalanced in your favor! Learn to let go of that religious checklist of “do’s and don’ts” in exchange for the unconditional grace of God offered to you in Christ. “What if everything you’ve ever dreamed of in your relationship with God is already yours to enjoy? What if you just don’t realize how good you’ve got it? That’s the radical message in The Gospel Uncut by Jeremy White, a pastor who is not afraid to proclaim the gospel of grace, plainly and without compromise. Read this book to see you are clean and close to your God. Read this book to relax and enjoy your Jesus. He loves you so!” Andrew Farley, bestselling author of “The Naked Gospel” and host of “Andrew Farley LIVE” on Sirius XM “Everyone looks for that just-right book, the one that will quickly illuminate and invigorate, and which will resolve odd questions that have plagued for years. This is that book. I’m not kidding. The Gospel Uncut is truly a treasure that is both breathtaking and timely! Jeremy White skillfully leads the reader out of tangled wonderings about God and into the clear and easy rest and love that Jesus offers to all. If you’re looking for treasure, get this book!” Ralph Harris, author of “God’s Astounding Opinion of You” and President of Life Course Ministries.