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Eldership and the Mission of God
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Eldership and the Mission of God

Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership

by J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt
Foreword by Alan Hirsch

The biblical model for church leadership is found not only in pastors but also in teams of elders who oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and guide the community into God's mission. In this practical guide, J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder.

Everywhere You Look
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Everywhere You Look

Discovering the Church Right Where You Are

by Tim Soerens
Foreword by Walter Brueggemann

The emerging generation is opting out of the church in large numbers. They're embarrassed at how the church is portrayed and dismayed at their options for participation. What's the point of the church anyway? With practical, actionable steps, Tim Soerens offers a vision of the church grounded in a grassroots movement of ordinary people living out the church in their everyday lives.

Faithful Presence
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Faithful Presence

Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

by David E. Fitch

How can the church engage the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? Offering seven distinct spiritual practices, David Fitch helps you re-envision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. Reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, reflecting God's faithful presence to a desperate world.

Kingdom Collaborators
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Kingdom Collaborators

Eight Signature Practices of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down

by Reggie McNeal

Will you collaborate on God's kingdom work in your community? If you're ready to see God move in all areas—business, education, media, arts, healthcare, spiritual growth, and more—this is the book for you. Leadership expert Reggie McNeal offers eight signature practices for leaders who want to partner with God and others for kingdom growth.

Mapping Church Missions
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Mapping Church Missions

A Compass for Ministry Strategy

by Sharon R. Hoover
Foreword by Paul Borthwick

Sharon Hoover brings her years of experience in local church missions to bear on thorny questions every church faces. Should we prioritize evangelism or works of service? Local ministries or overseas missions? And what about short-term missions trips? Hoover approaches each question with nuance, helping us plot our church's unique course as we seek to serve Christ's kingdom.

Messy Christmas
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Messy Christmas

Three Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove of Ideas for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Messy Church Series

by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter

What are Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany really about? This complete church resource brings together people of all ages and stages of faith, allowing them to experience a creative and fun-filled Christian community. Three once-a-month sessions include unique Christmas activities like global action suggestions, games and competitions, prayers, Christmas food crafts, and more.

Number of Studies: 3

Messy Church
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Messy Church

Fresh Ideas for Building a Christ-Centered Community

Messy Church Series

by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter

We like the idea of community, but where do we start? This complete church resource brings together people of all ages and stages of faith, allowing them to experience a creative and fun-filled Christian community. Using creativity, celebration, and hospitality, this fifteen-session tool helps you create a unique, come-as-you-are church experience.

Number of Studies: 15

Messy Easter
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Messy Easter

Three Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove of Ideas for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Messy Church Series

by Jane Leadbetter

Chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and baskets are a lot of fun, but is that really what this season is all about? Messy Easter offers your church a tool to bring together people of all ages and stages of faith for a unique come-as-you-are experience of creativity, celebration, and hospitality. These three once-a-month sessions help us learn more about Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in an excitedly messy way!

Number of Studies: 3

Ministry in the Digital Age
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Ministry in the Digital Age

Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World

by David T. Bourgeois

David Bourgeois offers a step-by-step guide for discerning and implementing a digital strategy in your ministry. Presenting Christianity itself as a grand communication event, he helps Christians see that the advent of electronic media is truly good news for the world.

Not Done Yet
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Not Done Yet

Reaching and Keeping Unchurched Emerging Adults

by Beth Seversen

Nones claim no religion. Dones have become disillusioned and left the church. While many emerging adults fall in these camps, many are tossing aside these labels and embracing a transformative Christian faith. Based on her extensive research, Beth Seversen outlines a model for how to engage and retain millennials and Generation Z in the life of the local church.


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