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Must Read Book Descriptions
Zero to 80 by Olu Brown
Leaders of Impact Church in Atlanta describe their congregation’s journey from first vision session all the way to vital, healthy ministry. Learn what worked — and what didn’t — along with tips from their experience.
Tribal Church: Ministering to the Mission Generation by Carol Howard Merritt
Merritt crisply articulates fresh answers to those tired mainline complaints, “Where are the young people? What do they want?” Her recommendations will rouse cheers from our seminary students, give new lenses to aging Boomer eyes and fill our pews with new vitality. — Anne S. Howard, Executive Director, The Beatitudes Society
Less Clutter, Less Noise: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures, and Bake Sales by Kem Meyer
With proven “now” communication strategies–practical solutions and principles that build trust instead of walls–you can make every aspect of a person’s engagement with your church simple and more rewarding. Packed with short illustrations and real-life stories, this book is written for leaders in today’s attention-deficit world, making it easy to grab, read and use anytime.
The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal
McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing “church growth” with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shifting from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges of an uncertain world. By changing the questions we ask, McNeal says we can re-frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas.
Nextchurch.now: Creating New Faith Communities by Craig Kennet Miller
Using the experience of the New Testament church at Ephesus as a guide, Miller challenges new and existing churches to rekindle a passion for ministry in the midst of a rapidly changing world.