Growing churches

This section explores how churches organise themselves, and provides insight on different models and styles of church based on experiences and biblical examples.

Discipling Generation Y

Discipling Generation Y

Themes from Revelation for youth ministry Steve Griffiths £7.99

When it comes to discipling Generation Y - those born between 1980 and 2000 - we need to acknowledge that they speak a different cultural language from the rest of us. This is a generation on a passionate quest to find their identity amid a barrage of online information and entertainment, a generation at ease with an astonishing level of global connectivity. Even so, the process of discipleship remains essentially what it always was. Ultimately, we want our young people to be happy and fulfilled. We seek to introduce them into a way of living that takes seriously Jesus Christ as 'the way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6). This book shows how Revelation offers one of the clearest biblical explorations of Kingdom values at work in highly challenging circumstances.

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Messy Church Theology

Messy Church Theology

Exploring the significance of Messy Church for the wider church George Lings £9.99

Messy Church Theology is the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church. Through essays by contributors from a variety of church and academic backgrounds and case studies by Messy Church practitioners, it gathers together some of the discussions around Messy Church and assesses the impact of this ministry, placing it in the context of wider developments within the church community.

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I'm fine

I'm fine

Removing masks and growing into wholeness Wendy Billington £7.99

In this book Wendy Billington gently explores ways of helping people remove the 'I'm fine!' mask and grow through the challenges posed by issues such as loneliness, low self-esteem and parenting pain, as well as a variety of addictive behaviours. Those struggling with particular problems in their lives may feel they can't be honest about their circumstances even - perhaps especially - in a church context. Isolation, shame, and anxiety about how others will perceive them can add to their difficulties, compounding them with a sense of being locked in with the problem.

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Building up the Body

Building up the Body

Encouraging, equipping and enabling volunteers in the church Richard Steel £7.99

Volunteering is the life-blood of local churches and this book is a comprehensive and practical guide to working with and encouraging volunteers. Looking at the key issues for small and medium-sized churches, Richard Steel offers realistic suggestions and guidelines that do not rely on large budgets and staff. He writes about how working with volunteers can be challenging, but is also intensely rewarding - and stresses the importance of helping them realise just how important they are in the bigger picture of God's mission.

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Creating Community

Creating Community

Ancient ways for modern churches Simon Reed £7.99

In Creating Community, Simon Reed introduces us to a new but at the same time very old way of being church which is based upon three core elements: a Way of Life, a network of Soul Friends, and a rhythm of prayer. The book shows how the rediscovery of these elements by Christians today offers a vital key that opens up an ancient way for modern churches, one which not only helps to bring believers to lasting maturity but creates genuine and much-needed community in an increasingly fragmented world.

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The Word's Out

The Word's Out

Speaking the gospel today David Male, Paul Weston £8.99

This book aims to reform, re-imagine and renew a theology, vision and practice for evangelism. An invaluable resource for church leaders, its approach is both theologically rigorous and also powerfully practical, with the focus on redefining a genuine biblical evangelism. What does it mean to be an 'evangelist' now? If it isn't your primary gifting, how can you facilitate it in your church? And how can we connect not just with those on the fringes but those who are way outside?

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Participate!

Participate!

Helping young people explore discipleship and vocation Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £11.99

Participate! is an exciting seven-week programme designed to enable 9-14s to gain the understanding and skills needed to live out their Christian lives within the local church and wider community. The material takes the approach that young people often find it difficult to establish their identity and role within the local church in the transition between being part of the children's group and settling in to a youth group.

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My Participate! journal

My Participate! journal

Exploring what it means to be a Christian disciple Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £3.99

A reflective journal for the young people to use as a personal record of their experience accompanies the Participate! programme. The journal is designed to help build skills of reflective practice as well as encouraging the exploration of faith as part of home life.

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Who Let The Dads Out?

Who Let The Dads Out?

Inspiring ideas for churches to engage with dads and their pre-school children Mark Chester £6.99

Parent and toddler work can transform relationships and strengthen families, yet sometimes men may have very limited access to the parent and toddler world. This book tells the story of how Who Let The Dads Out? came into being. It gives a practical guide for setting up and running the monthly sessions, complete with theological background, real-life case studies, helpful hints and tips, and twelve easy craft ideas.

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School's Out, Dad's About

School's Out, Dad's About

... and other Who Let the Dads Out? follow-on ideas Mark Chester £6.99

From the founder of Who Let The Dads Out?, this book gives you all the information you need to run a range of activites for dads and other male carers, including School's Out, Dad's About!, Daddy Cool! and Soul Man?

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Ministry Rediscovered

Ministry Rediscovered

Shaping a unique and creative church Mike Starkey £7.99

In this book Mike Starkey sets out a compelling vision for how local church ministry can involve a call to creative thinking, to stepping 'outside the box', rather than labouring to work with standard assumptions about congregational growth and models of what constitutes success. Drawing on his own experiences and insights from a wide range of contexts, from inner city to rural, he offers challenge, guidance and encouragement for all those answering the demanding - and at times exhilarating - call to serve the Church.

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Pioneers 4 Life

Pioneers 4 Life

Explorations in theology and wisdom for pioneering leaders David Male (editor) £8.99

There is a growing awareness that the Church must commit to radically new agendas and fresh initiatives in order to connect the gospel with the widest possible spectrum of our society. Faith, commitment, sacrifice and boldness are needed - and an emerging generation of pioneering leaders focused on breaking new ground and growing Christian communities where none have flourished for many years, if ever.

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Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders

Reflections on leadership, life and Jesus James Lawrence £8.99

Whether you are a leader already, thinking of becoming one or involved in nurturing potential leaders, you will find helpful practical guidance in this book.

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Growing Young Leaders

Growing Young Leaders

A practical guide to mentoring teens Ruth Hassall £7.99

This book offers practical guidance for those who feel called to mentoring 13- 18-year-olds in a faith context, with a view to nurturing them towards leadership roles.

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The Challenge of Change

The Challenge of Change

A guide to shaping change and changing the shape of church Phil Potter £7.99

A practical and thorough guide to approaching, planning and managing change in the church.

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The Recovery of Love
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