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Download and read online The Missional Quest in PDF and EPUB When Christ calls people, he invites them on a journey—a journey taken together in community. We have reached a point in history, however, when we think of the church as a fixed place where isolated individuals show up, consume a Christian message, drink some coffee, and get on with their lives. The times demand, and the gospel proclaims, that we recover our identity as a church that is a people on a quest for the kingdom of heaven, formed intimately by a loving God and called onto a long journey for the sake of our neighbors and our world. In The Missional Quest you ll learn how to take your church on a long run, and how to sustain yourselves and one another along the way, through the power of God for the sake of the world.
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Download and read online The One in PDF and EPUB We are living in a world increasingly geared toward visual learners. With the explosion of sites like Instagram and Pinterest, it is evident that the way we consume content is changing before our eyes. Developed for the avid consumer of visual content, The One uses The Voice Bible translation alongside powerful, full-color images to maximize the long-term impact for the reader, creating a dynamic way to engage with and experience the scriptures. The One takes you on an exciting journey to uncover who Jesus really is. Understand the true nature of Jesus, His character, why He came, what He accomplished, and what it means to your day-to-day life. Discover your true value in Him, and experience a transformed life based on a genuine daily relationship with a Savior who brings hope and purpose to all who seek Him. Features include: Articles and interviews with world-renowned preachers Real life stories on the transforming power of Jesus Resources for personal reflection and growth In-depth group study discussion questions
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Download and read online Church Unique in PDF and EPUB Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.
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Download and read online The Shaping of Things to Come in PDF and EPUB In The Shaping of Things to Come Australians Frost and Hirsch present an innovative vision of how the church can be more relevant and responsive to the spiritual hunger seen in the Western world.
Download and read online Treasure in Clay Jars in PDF and EPUB There is growing literature on the need for local congregations to become more mission-minded, yet churches lack the know-how for turning conviction into practice. This volume highlights eight tangible characteristics currently being modeled by nine congregations from across North America.
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Download and read online The Missional Leader in PDF and EPUB 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.