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Whether you are a pastor, a volunteer, or a church member, you want your church to grow well. After all, there’s no better place to experience God than in the loving, healthy community of a church. But what does an effective church look like? Is it possible to grow and be healthy at the same time?
Pastor Robert Morris has experienced firsthand the spiritual and relational excitement of a growing, dynamic church. In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris brings you practical wisdom for cultivating real growth by nurturing true and Biblical health in your spiritual community.
“In The Blessed Church Robert Morris reveals why Gateway Church in Dallas–Fort Worth has become not just one of the largest churches in America but also one of the most influential. Robert’s devoted, attentive shepherding of this great fl ock is one reason why Gateway is so‘blessed.’ In The Blessed Church the biblical principles that lead to true success in the body of Christ are carefully explained. If you love the local church, as both Robert and I do, you won’t want to miss the insights found in this helpful and practical book.”
—Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; and president, The Urban Alternative
“Our world desperately needs healthy, vibrant churches, so I’m so thankful Robert Morris has written The Blessed Church—a book that draws on the Gateway ‘back story’ to describe the qualities of a healthy local church. More than anything, a heart for God and a love of people define the ministry of Pastor Morris and Gateway Church. If you want a growing vitality in your church, you will profit from every page of The Blessed Church.”
—Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands
“How has your church remained so healthy while growing so quickly?”
Robert Morris gets this question a lot. In other words, people want to know: “What’s your secret?”
In The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love, Pastor Robert Morris unfolds why Gateway Church in suburban Dallas–Fort Worth is one of America’s fastest-growing, spiritually enriching local churches—and still one of its healthiest. Written for both church leaders and lay people, The Blessed Church looks at the qualities that make church “work” in the twenty-first century and how that can enrich your church—whatever its size or vision.
With the humor and powerful stories he’s known for, Morris shows how every component of your church—including mission, church government, teaching, worship, small groups, giving, and outreach—can receive God’s richest blessings. Rather than bemoaning the problems of the contemporary evangelical church, The Blessed Church celebrates the expanding role of the body of Christ in the lives of individuals—starting right where you and your church are today.
What can change a church? God can do it through you! . . . and perhaps this manual will prepare you to help with the healing.
Don’t give up or drop out until you have read this book carefully. Members should urge their pastors to read this book. Pastors should urge members to read it.
Austin Tucker's academic credentials and experience include more than 30 years of preaching and a Th.D. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has also taught for the past several years.
Covers topics such as the pastor and the people, preaching, counseling, leadership skills, conflict, evangelism, weddings and funerals, ordinances, and the pastor's personal life.Written by a veteran pastor and professor of preachingDeals with the nuts and bolts of ministry, from the viewpoint of an experienced pastor and an academic expertShows how to be a faithful and competent pastor in today's ministry climateProvides sage and seasoned counsel to beginning and budding pastorsAddresses issues pastors face head-on
compelling critique of the organized Christian Church. He highlights
and explains the primary cause of most of the spiritual apathy which
have characterized local churches since the Fourth Century. The root
cause involves a fundamental change in church pastoral ministry which
the author believes has produced disastrous spiritual results through
The author portrays the young Christian Church in its first three
centuries as prospering spiritually in spite of severe persecution.
These early believers met informally in homes as to nurture and disciple
each other, and enthusiastically evangelized everyone they met.
Understandably, Satan was not happy. To frustrate and checkmate this
spiritual vitality, the Devil devised a clever strategy. He took
advantage of church leaders' willful disobedience of Biblical teaching.
Read Churchianity and become acquainted with Satan's strategy
and its success in transforming the vigor and enthusiasm of the Early
Christian into the tragedy and sadness of ""spectator Christianity"",
and consider and evaluate the author’s solution for restoring lay
biblical pastoral ministry in local churches.
establishing values, mission, vision, and strategy
reaching the community
recruiting a team
determining location and facilities
raising money for the ministry
With instant practical takeaway based on proven techniques, this book will be invaluable to any church planter.
The Apostolic Revelation unveils a series of dynamic concepts that are crucial to the life of the church and the restoration of its apostolic power. It establishes benchmarks for the apostolic ministry, and gives definition and substance to the new apostolic wineskin of the church. Here is a revelation of apostolic methods, and God's heart for the church and its leadership. In this study, today's apostolic message is harmonised with and grounded in the apostolic revelation of Christ given to Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.
This work is the result of 13 years of inquiry, searching the mind of the Spirit regarding the place of apostles today, and seeking to understand what it means for the church to be the mature apostolic church prepared for the coming of Christ. Apostolic grace is for every believer. This book seeks to equip you to receive a greater grace, and prepare you for the astounding days ahead.
C. Peter Wagner said "After reading The Apostolic Revelation, I want to congratulate you for it. It is a brilliant book. I would not hesitate to classify it as the premier biblical theology of the apostolic movement. This book ranks up there with the very best of the exploding literature on the subject."