Walking with Nehemiah

Author: Joseph W. Daniels Jr.
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426796307
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So much of our attention in congregational development is spent dealing with internal issues and opportunities that we turn more and more inward. Even our “outward” work smacks of our “inward” bias as we invite people to our events and ponder how to make our events more compelling for those who aren’t part of our congregations. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, is known for saying “the world is our parish.” Simply stated, the streets are our sanctuary. Our communities are our congregations. Yet too often congregations ignore their neighborhoods. They don’t consider the vast resource of people surrounding their church and seem to forget that Pentecost, the very event that gave birth to the church, happened in the streets. It's time for churches and congregations to engage with the people around them—most of whom have not yet made a faith decision but are hungering for the grace that only God can provide. Participate in this study of Nehemiah and discover what people God is asking you to encourage, what walls God is calling you to repair, what ministry God might be calling you to lead or do, and where you should start. This book will give readers inspiration and practical tools for engaging with their communities in ways that help congregations and communities become whole.

Walking with Nehemiah

Author: Joe Daniels
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781426781933
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Every Christian is called to a life of missions, and sometimes, you don't even need to leave your neighborhood.

New Wine New Wineskins

Author: F. Douglas Powe
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426742223
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Remain grounded in the faith while staying attuned to cultural change.

See Know Serve the People Within Your Reach

Author: Thomas G. Bandy
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426775555
Format: PDF
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In See, Know & Serve, Tom Bandy shows how the transition between Christendom and Post-Christendom is unfolding at different speeds and with different twists in diverse regions and places, and that this development makes standardizing ministry practices, or using collections of "best practices," unsuccessful in growing God's mission. Bandy presents startlingly new ways to view congregations and communities, enabling leaders to understand the people within their reach on a granular level. The author demonstrates with real-world examples how organizations can translate this information into practical strategies and tactics. The book includes helpful charts and diagrams, making the material surprisingly easy to digest and share. This important, groundbreaking and convicting book lays out with depth and clarity a pioneering new way forward for every church and every mission-focused organization. Bandy shows how we can see the people in our communities with unparalleled clarity, so that we can serve them—fulfilling our mission—effectively.

Crisis in the Village

Author: Robert Michael Franklin
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451417401
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Robert M. Franklin provides first-person advice and insight as he identifies the crises resident within three anchor institutions that have played key roles in the black struggle for freedom. Black families face a "crisis of commitment" evident in the rising rates of father absence, births to unmarried parents, divorce, and domestic abuse or relationship violence. Black churches face a "mission crisis" as they struggle to serve their upwardly mobile and/or established middle class "paying customers" alongside the poorest of the poor. Historically black colleges and universities face a crisis of "relevance and purpose" as they now compete for the best students and faculty with the broad marketplace of colleges. With clarity and passion, Franklin calls for practical and comprehensive action for change from within the African American community and from all Americans.

Faith Rooted Organizing

Author: Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830864695
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With so many injustices, small and great, across the world and right at our doorstep, what are people of faith to do? Since the 1930s, organizing movements for social justice in the U.S. have largely been built on assumptions that are secular origin—such as reliance on self-interest and having a common enemy as a motivator for change. But what if Christians were to shape their organizing around the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus is risen? Alexia Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. Together with theologian Peter Heltzel, this model of "faith-rooted organizing" offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself.

African American Church Management Handbook

Author: Floyd Flake
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780817014858
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"This invaluable resource covers virtually every aspect of church administration. It is for black churches of ANY denomination and ANY size, and is sure to provide guidance for new or established pastors. A sample constitution, budget, and mission statement are included."--BOOK JACKET.

Begging for Real Church

Author: Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.
Publisher: Beacon of Light Resources
ISBN: 9780974675954
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In today's world, when the pressures of life seem to wipe out any sense of hope or happiness, why even talk about church? Begging for Real Church offers powerful and relevant answers for how an authentic, meaningful and radical church experience helps us with our challenges. Through personal examples and scripture-based stories, Pastor Daniels speaks to the essence of spiritual victory,lasting love and unspeakable joy that can lead us to an abundant life.

Get Off Your Donkey

Author: Reggie McNeal
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441241086
Format: PDF, ePub
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Jesus had little patience with institutional religion that cared for its own needs while neglecting the plight of ordinary people. In one of his most famous parables, he sets up as a model of Christian behavior a man who, unlike some religious folks, actually gets down off his donkey and helps a person in dire need. With energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls believers to dismount, get down and dirty, and live a life that makes a difference. He shows readers how to recalibrate their spiritual efforts to move from church-centric service to greater community engagement in order to do their essential part in creating a world worth living in. McNeal also shows readers that helping others actually helps the one doing the service just as much as the one being served. In fact, serving is the very best way to learn about yourself and grow spiritually. Anyone who longs to have the impact on the world that Jesus did will love this provocative and inspirational message.

The Power of Real

Author: Jr. Joseph W. Daniels
Publisher: Not Just a Curtain Puller
ISBN: 9780984618835
Format: PDF, Docs
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This isn't just another how-to book. Nor is it a 7-step program. It is a genuine story about what it costs in prayer, time, decision-making, commitment, planning and people resource to become a church that is focused on reaching more and more people--no matter where or who they are--for Jesus' Church. Making Church Real gives the reader a front-row seat to the dynamics, drama and details involved in leading transformation through honest mentoring dialogues between Pastor D and Joe and their leaders. The careful weaving of reality and mercy, possibility and grace, offer those with even just a little hope the encouragement to grab hold, tie a knot, and hang on to see if something can actually happen to their church and community. The book's central insight-that the key to making church REAL ultimately is not in what we do, but in who we are in relationship to God and one another-has powerful implications not only for pastors, but for anyone seeking to make their congregation more relevant, enthusiastic, authentic and loving.