The Church In Many Houses

Author: Steve Cordle
Publisher:
ISBN: 068732579X
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Although the largest churches in the world are cell-based, many have questioned whether the model will work in North America. The Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell-Based Ministry makes the case that the cell model will work— if key assumptions about spiritual growth and the nature of the church are reexamined and renewed. By drawing on scripture, research, and insights gained through personal experience as the pastor of a growing cell church, Steve Cordle identifies the four pivotal philosophical shifts necessary for the cell approach to work. These are mindset shifts that move from: programs to relationships—the purposes of the church are best fulfilled in the cell group instead of in programs member to disciple-maker—every member can and should become a group leader educating to equipping—spiritual growth is not knowing more but applying more come and see to go and show—the power of penetration evangelism. Impose a cell structure upon a congregation that has not yet made these philosophical shifts we are likely to fail. But when people adopt these biblical mindset changes, the cell approach will seem natural, and will result in great unity and effectiveness. The Church In Many Houses will help congregations make the changes that are necessary for success. Forewords by Joel Comiskey and Michael Slaughter Centering the church where people live everyday makes sense. It is the apostolic way. Steve Cordle shows how it works in today's society.-- Robert E. Coleman "What a great read! This is not another "follow-these-ten-steps-and-your-church-will-grow" book. Steve Cordle writes from the perspective of a leader who would not settle for an ordinary church that called people to believe, give and behave. He wants more than that for the people he is called to serve. His quest has drawn him to the very basic form of the DNA of the Church as seen in Scripture, evidenced in history and rediscovered today: the development of authentic, life-changing, community in which people are transformed into the life and character of Jesus through cell-based ministry. This volume is unflinchingly honest. It does not pretend to have attained perfection in developing a cell-based church, but it does point those who desire the same kind of church along the way." --- Reggie McNeal ; This book is written by a practitioner. Steve Cordle is growing the kind of church he is writing about: a missional congregation that is committed to developing fully devoted followers of Christ through cell groups. This is a fine volume for those who want to grow a church both spiritually and numerically. I highly recommend it. Dr. Jeffrey E. Greenway President Asbury Theological Seminary "The multiplication of cells is God's idea-we see it all throughout nature. So I can imagine God's incredible pleasure in seeing groups of cells multiplied to reach, disciple and expand His Church. Leaders will benefit from Dr. Steve Cordle's careful research, practical experience, and deep passion for cell-based churches found in The Church in Many Houses." Dr. Robert E. Logan CoachNet, Inc. Steve Cordle has set off within me a hunger to explore the cell church. Steve shares his call and journey of leading the CrossRoads UMC, an effective growing great commission church, through a transition to an even higher efficient cell based church. I would encourage every pastor of a growing program based church to prayerfully read steve's journey and ask the question, "What kind of church do I want to give my life to?" Steve Cordle has set off with in me the hunger to explore the cell church. As the pastor and DS of program based churches, I am challenged by this journey and left wanting more. Steve Cordle works hard to answer the "Why" question about becoming a cell based church. This is not just the next hot thing. Yet, with in this book you not only answer the why question, Steve shares great steps into the "How" question of becoming a cell based church. Steve has opened my mind and heart and planted a hunger within me to begin a quest toward the cell based church. The Rev. Dr. Duane A. Anders, Dayton North District Superintendent of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church & Lead Pastor of Stillwater UMC ------------------------ If you are searching for a practical way for the local church to build on the priorities and practices of Jesus Christ, then this book is a must-read. Steve Cordle writes: "I can't say I caught the vision of the cell church; rather, the cell church vision caught me. I couldn't shake it." This dynamic book, The Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell Based Ministry, brilliantly illustrates how the cell church vision caught Crossroads UMC. Having visited Crossroads UMC, Steve Cordle leads one of the most exciting cell churches in the U.S. Steve has many gifts: a knack for keeping things simple, a humble heart that permeates his story, and enthusiasm that keeps you reading. Enjoy the journey! Rob Campbell Pastoral Team Leader Cypress Creek Church, Wimberley, Texas A long time ago, a small band of disciples proved that authentic, evangelistic, Spirit-led community can change the world. It's happening again. Steve Cordle writes winsomely of what is beyond worship attendance and outward compliance. His eye witness account of inner transformation through the cell church ministry of Crossroads United Methodist Church will inspire all who tire of program-loaded church life. But be careful as you read this book, it could change the entire way you see and do church. Roger Ross, Sr. Pastor, New Horizon United Methodist Church, Champaign, Illinois A lot of people talk about cell groups but not many do them, especially in mainline churches. This book is written by a mainline pastor whose church lives and breathes cell ministry. Bill Easum President, Easum, Bandy & Associates www.easumbandy.com Steve Cordle has captured the heart behind the success of the New Testament Church ... The life of the body is in the cell. Mike Slaughter, from his Foreword Pastor, Ginghamsburg Church

Creating A Missional Culture

Author: JR Woodward
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830866793
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Once upon a time, Moses had had enough. Exhausted by the challenge of leading the Israelites from slavery to the Promised Land, Moses cried out to God, "What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? . . . If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me" (Exodus 11:11, 15). If that sounds hauntingly familiar to you, you may be the senior pastor of a contemporary church. The burden of Christian leadership is becoming increasingly unbearable--demanding skills not native to the art of pastoring; demanding time that makes sabbath rest and even normal sleep patterns seem extravagant; demanding inhuman levels of efficiency, proficiency and even saintliness. No wonder pastors seem and even feel less human these days. No wonder they burn out or break down at an alarming rate; no wonder the church is missing the mark on its mission. In Creating a Missional Culture, JR Woodward offers a bold and surprisingly refreshing model for churches--not small adjustments around the periphery of a church's infrastructure but a radical revisioning of how a church ought to look, from its leadership structure to its mobilization of the laity. The end result looks surprisingly like the church that Jesus created and the apostles cultivated: a church not chasing the wind but rather going into the world and making disciples of Jesus.

Take Your Church S Pulse

Author: Tim Koster
Publisher: Multiplication Network Ministries
ISBN:
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Take Your Church's Pulse presents ten vital signs of a healthy church--five key commitments and five key functions. It then introduce you to a church-health diagnostic tool you can apply to your setting. Thousands of pastors and leaders around the world have found this paradigm helpful in organizing the ministry and mission of the local church. This book and the free diagnostic tool it presents are most useful if accompanied by a healthy process of conversations. With such a process, led by the Spirit, this book can help you discern a preferred future for your community of faith. Koster and Wagenveld write: "A healthy community of faith is rooted first of all in the character and nature of God. It understands its mission and purpose in the world and organizes its life and work to be faithful and effective in its context. None of these vital signs stands alone. It is a combination of factors that together make up a faithful and fruitful organism, the living Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no magic in the number ten, but for the teaching purposes it has worked quite well in different cultural contexts in providing ideas and a language for discussing important issues in congregational life and mission." The intended audience for this book is any pastor, leader, or church member who is interest in having healthy conversations with others to strengthen the local church.

The Missional Leader

Author: Alan Roxburgh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118047095
Size: 12.88 MB
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In The Missional Leader, consultants Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk give church and denominational leaders, pastors, and clergy a clear model for leading the change necessary to create and foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the Gospel into the surrounding community. The Missional Leader emphasizes principles rather than institutional forms, shows readers how to move away from “church as usual,” and demonstrates what capacities, environments, and mindsets are required to lead a missional church.

Dare

Author: Barry McDonagh
Publisher: Dare People Pty Limited
ISBN: 0994418604
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Barry Joe McDonagh ("Joe Barry"), a native of Ireland, developed his anti-anxiety plan while studying at the University College of Dublin (UCD). His thoughts on anxiety and panic disorders were first published in 2001. Based on hard science and years of experience helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh has perfected the way to overcome anxiety and get people back to living life to the fullest. You will not only learn how to end yoru anxiety problem, bul you will also discover how to turn this problem into personal triumph. Barry says " I teach people how to heal their anxiey so they can get back to living their life again to the fullest."

The Monkey And The Fish

Author: Dave Gibbons
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780310574552
Size: 17.79 MB
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Our world is marked by unprecedented degrees of multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, social shifts, international collaboration, and technology-driven changes. The changes are profound, especially when you consider the unchecked decline in the influence, size, and social standing of the church. There is an undercurrent of anxiety in the evangelical world, and a hunger for something new. And we’re sensing the urgency of it. We need fresh, creative counterintuitive ways of doing ministry and church and leading it in the 21st century. We need to adapt. Fast. Both in our practices and our thinking. The aim of this book is simple: When we understand the powerful forces at work in the world today, we’ll learn how something called The Third Culture can yield perhaps the most critical missing ingredient in the church today—adaptability—and help the church remain on the best side of history. A Third Culture Church and a Third Culture Leader looks at our new global village and the church’s role in that village in a revolutionary way. It’s a way to reconnect with the historical roots of what Jesus envisioned the church could be—a people known for a brand of love, unity, goodness, and extravagant spirit that defies all conventions. This book is part of the successful Leadership Innovation Series.