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.

Family Question Time

Family Question Time

Going on the faith adventure Lucy Moore £1.99

Based on the idea of the gospel being good news for messy people, young and old, Family Question Time is designed to help families talk about the basics of the Christian faith. Written in an interactive, user-friendly and jargon-free style, it offers information alongside encouragement to ask big questions, and contains suggestions about how to express a commitment to God.

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Church from the Outside

Church from the Outside

Displays, noticeboards, invitations and PR Laura Treneer £3.99

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource helps you see your church with the eyes of your neighbours and create visual communications to reach them. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find just what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Church from the Inside

Church from the Inside

Welcome, news sheets, magazines and stories Laura Treneer £3.99

An essential guide to effective church communications. Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource provides practical ideas so that people are warmly welcomed with clear and relevant communication. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Reproducing Churches

Reproducing Churches

George Lings £9.99

This book investigates the theological basis for church planting and creating fresh expressions of church. Based on extensive research, senior church planting authority George Lings argues that the church has a divine calling and capacity to reproduce, albeit in ways that are intentionally non-identical. Using the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as key passages throughout scripture, he shows how such reproduction fulfills the mission of God. The book also includes many practical examples drawn from church history, to help apply the message to congregations today.

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God's Belongers

God's Belongers

How people engage with God today and how the church can help David Walker £7.99

This book transforms thinking about church membership by replacing the division between 'members' and 'non-members' with a four-fold model of belonging. Based in extensive practical research, David Walker shows how 'belonging' can encompass a far wider group of people than those who attend weekly services. He examines belonging through relationship, through place and through events, as well as the traditional belonging through activities. He goes on to explore the opportunities for mission that emerge as a result - while also acknowledging the challenges posed for issues such as church financing.

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Church Online: social media

Church Online: social media

Laura Treneer £3.99

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource gives you the tools and checklists to consider your approach to social media as a church. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Church Online: websites

Church Online: websites

Laura Treneer £3.99

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource gives you the tools you need to transform a church website, or create one for the first time. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Easter Family Time

Easter Family Time

Lucy Moore £1.99

An affirming Easter gift for Messy Churches to give to their Messy families to use at home over Easter. This minibook aims to transfer the core values of Messy Church to the home and family context, encouraging families to talk together, be creative, be hospitable, be Christ-centred and celebratory, and including activities for all ages.

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All-Age Worship

All-Age Worship

Fully revised and updated Lucy Moore £8.99

This book is for those who sense that worshipping God together is probably a good thing, but are nervous of trying to lead their church towards that vision. It acknowledges that we don't live in a perfect world - or church - and that no one has all the answers. It also argues that you are the expert for the ways in which your church can best worship God, and helps you start to find those ways and adapt them for your local setting

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Christmas Family Time

Christmas Family Time

Lucy Moore £1.99

An affirming Christmas gift for Messy Churches to give to their Messy families to use at home over the Christmas holiday period. This minibook aims to transfer the core values of Messy Church to the home and family context, encouraging families to talk together, be creative, be hospitable, be Christ-centred and celebratory, and including activities for all ages.

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The Church and Boys

The Church and Boys

Making the connection Nick Harding £8.99

Why are men and boys so under-represented in churches? Why do churches find it so difficult to cater for boys? What would help boys in church grow into mature men of faith? This uniquely inspiring book by Nick Harding spells out the problem and encourages churches to see this in missional terms. The main part of the book includes resources, suggestions and ideas to help boys connect better with the church, with the Bible, and with the Christian faith.

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Messy Togetherness

Messy Togetherness

Being intergenerational in Messy Church Martyn Payne £8.99

'Intergenerational' is not something that churches do, but it's something that they become. In Messy Togetherness Martyn Payne looks at Messy Church as an intergenerational expression of church and the benefits of this to the church community.

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Messy Hospitality

Messy Hospitality

Changing communities through fun, food, friendship and faith Lucy Moore £9.99

In Messy Hospitality Lucy Moore demonstrates how hospitality can be practised in Messy Church and other church contexts to promote mission and faith formation, addressing the theology of hospitality and how it can be expressed at the welcome table, the activity table, the Lord's Table, the meal table, and in the home.

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Resourcing Rural Ministry

Resourcing Rural Ministry

Practical insights for mission Simon Martin £8.99

Resourcing Rural Ministry offers an in-depth exploration of the key aspects, challenges and opportunities of mission in a rural church. Relevant for ordained and lay leaders alike, the book covers subjects ranging from encouraging evangelism in a multi-church group to making best use of church buildings. Containing a wealth of real-life case studies and suggestions for follow-up, this ecumenical publication draws on the expertise and resources of the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), which has served the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community for over 40 years.

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Pioneering a New Future

Pioneering a New Future

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

This book offers a map for pioneering a new future for the Church. Writing as a pastor and practitioner, Phil Potter explains ways of shaping all kinds of change in the life of a church, particularly in the context of the many 'fresh expressions of church' emerging. Decisions on what and how and when we change will inevitably affect growth or decline in a church, and also have a major impact on people. Leaders can end up burnt out by their attempts to bring about change, while congregations are left damaged and disillusioned because they could not catch the vision. This is a book for leaders wanting to guide their Christian communities into a new future, and for church members wanting to be equipped for whatever lies ahead. Also included are over 100 questions for personal and group reflection.

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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 Currently out of stock £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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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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