“Jesus is preparing a new work with His church. He is readying men and women of God who are willing to do whatever it takes to draw near to Him and to follow Him. The day is coming when He will build through us, where all that we do will truly flow from the King himself. In such a time, His church will be a force for good as nothing else. As the world grows increasingly dark, His people will shine like never before, not because of our good works, but because of Him. This is the call upon the Kingdom church.”
Aimed at both His people and His church, This book reveals Jesus’ desire to move in a mighty way upon the earth. It is both a study and a call of what it is to live in His Kingdom and to follow Him. Broken down step by step with the Bible, it examines what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God and the implications of that for our lives and our churches.
About the Author
Benjamin Sealey is a pastor from the UK. His passion is to see the church walk in a closer relationship with Jesus, moving with Him and His Spirit in all things. Benjamin is also the author of “Restoring the Heart of Worship.”
Nan Jones understands the frustrations and stress women in ministry face. As a former pastor’s wife, she’s experienced the pressures and loneliness that comes from ministry burnout, social isolation, frantic schedules, and unrealistic expectations.
If you’re a pastor’s wife or a woman in ministry struggling with your calling, this book offers a lifeline of hope and encouragement.
Be empowered to fight spiritual battles with God’s grace and promises, protected by His armor. Learn creative ways to stand up for yourself and feel the blessing of your calling as a ministry helper. The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife will guide you through the calamities of life and restore your confidence in God’s purpose and plan for your life and ministry.
About the Author
Nan Jones ministered alongside her husband for thirty-one years in small, rural churches across North Carolina. She enjoyed the rewards of pastoral service, endured its fiery trials, and learned to find the light and comfort of God’s presence when ministry gets ugly. Nan is a Bible-study teacher, author, and speaker who delights in helping Christian women find God in their darkest hours.
The problem I see in many attractional-event and program-driven churches in the West is their system does a good job of producing converts, but not necessarily of producing disciples who are equipped to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Many churches in our country seem to have drifted from the biblical concept of “church” and have redefined it as the place, a building, where ministry happens. Hence, many evangelicals have built large centralized institutions using what seems like marketing as a formula for success: utilize attractional events to draw a crowd, and then develop programs and depend on professional clergy to keep people coming back. While this may have worked to build large communities of worship in the mid-to-late twentieth century, it has also consumed many of the smaller churches like a Wal-Mart monopoly putting out of business the mom-and-pop shops. And often when the pastor of a program-driven church leaves the ministry, that church tends to lose sight of the vision as it struggles to pull together in unity, and the congregation shrinks as people transfer to the new, next, and better program-driven church that meets their family’s needs. I would argue this doesn’t build biblical community; this fractures community among local churches as the competitive mindset takes over and as church leadership begins to use marketing techniques to promote their brand to attract church shoppers, and thus congregants shuffle from church to church.
This book explores the challenges church leaders and congregants face in shepherding a program-driven church to begin to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of a church building. Take this journey with me as I evaluate Jesus’ and the Apostles’ method of outreach and discipleship and seek to find ways to apply their methodology in today’s context. We will explore various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context. We will look at the necessity of corporate worship and small groups to stimulate spiritual growth. I have interviewed Jeff Vanderstelt, Steve Timmis, Joel Comiskey, and Dan Braga to glean wisdom from these leaders in how to successfully shepherded churches through this kind of recontexualization of the local church. In the end I have mapped out a strategy for how church leaders can lead their churches through this transition from attractional events and the programs to the missional home community and cell-driven model, which resonates with this generation disenfranchised with church.
I believe there are many methods of ministry that can work to make converts, but in order to make disciples that multiply requires an authentic faith community. This is what an unbelieving world is longing to see, a church that has closed the gap between their rhetoric and reality.
This book is a result of a Thesis Project for Gordon-Conwell Seminary Doctorate Program in Outreach and Discipleship.
Pastoral leadership and church communications just got easier.
Pastor Email Power helps you connect with members of your family and flock through electronic communication. Pastors today have very little spare time amidst meetings, sermon prep, counseling, and pastoral care. Unfortunately, the element of a pastor’s duties that suffers most from this increased workload is personal connection with his congregation.
This book seeks to solve that problem by providing a streamlined, effective way for pastors to communicate with their congregation in a loving, pastoral way. Pastor Email Power is comprised of 72 letter prompts designed to help you say exactly what you mean in every kind of situation.
Each letter prompt builds off of a 5-point foundation: Greeting, Connection, Empathy, Needs, and Hope
Our prayer is that each prompt aids you in crafting a heartfelt letter that meets people where they are and gives them hope moving forward—no matter what!
Pastor Email Power is great for church leadership and pastoral counseling—a must-have when it comes to pastoral resources!
About the Author
Caleb Breakey is the founder of SermonToBook.com and the author of Called to Stay, Dating Like Airplanes, Sermon Crunch, Pastor Productivity Maximizer, and Pastor Email Power. SermonToBook.com began with a simple belief: that sermons should be touching lives, not collecting dust. That’s why the SermonToBook.com Team turns sermons into high-quality books that are accessible to people all over the globe. Turning your sermon or sermon series into a book exposes more people to God’s Word, better equips you for counseling, accelerates future sermon prep, adds credibility to your ministry, and even helps make ends meet during tight times. John 21:25 tells us that the world itself couldn’t contain the books that would be written about the work of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to try anyway because, in Heaven, there will no longer be a need for sermons or books. Our time is now. If God so leads you, we’d love to work with you on your sermon or sermon series. Visit sermontobook.com to learn more.
A Bible lesson handbook for Children, Parents and Teachers of all ages. A wonderful teaching method suitable for all; with forty lessons each with full instructions and its own illustration for copying and colouring. A tried and true method that delights both instructor and instructed. For all ages. For individuals and for groups of all types.
A devotional handbook for personal use. Go straight to the lessons, find one of interest, read and ponder the suggested Bible reading, imagine the story using the sketches provided.
A handbook for drama enrichment.
A handbook for multilingual groups. Choose a lesson, read the Bible passage in your own language, perform a group play using each your own language; or mix them up. Just have fun.
Christian Church history produced a number of men whose lives reflect the tenacious fervor of lions. In Living Like Lions each man challenges us to rise above the contemporary definitions of masculinity and embrace God’s goodness and godliness. These short Christian biographies reveal the tenacity, strength and love necessary to lead in the home, community, and church. Watch as a monk stands face-to-face against the emperor of Rome – a bishop defies armed soldiers – an artist resurrects hope for the lost.
Living Like Lions is perfect for both casual reading and small group study. Learn about each of the following spiritual giants:
Augustine of Hippo
Ambrose of Milan
John R. Mott
Johann Sebastian Bach
Dr. Francis Collins
“It’s a biblical truth that as iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another. Like a blacksmith with his anvil, Duren strikes eachpage harder than the last. He takes the very marrow of these men andsaturates each page, paragraph, and sentence.
All of mankind has something God-given living inside them, waiting to beignited, waiting to be awoken. Living Like Lions doesn’t just seek tokeep us accountable for our sins and successes– it seeks to wake us up. It seeks for us to live a grand adventure.” – Melissa Perea, author of Seeds of Hate and Dismantled Sun
“When one imagines a lion, a majestic animal supremely in control comes tomind. With Christ we can be in control. We can find our role and moveforward in love just as these 20 men did, as so artfully described by J. R. Duren. I highly recommend this book to inspire you to do justthat.” – Doug Cornelius, author
“With so manyexamples of lives poorly lived out there, it is so refreshing toglimpse the inner workings of 20 lives that made a difference. Although many are familiar names, as I moved through the book I began torealize how little I knew about several, to say nothing of those I hadpreviously not known.”
It is not simply areader’s digest synopsis of the individual, but the art of the book isin J.R.’s relentless bringing forward of the key points as challengesinto our lives.” – Tom Trotter, missions paster
From the Author
I believe there is a strong, decisive man in each one of us. Years of mistakes and regret bury that strength and decisiveness. So, we fight our way through life feeling like something just isn’t right; that something is broken.
I don’t want to live like that, and I know most men don’t want to live like that. Each man’s in Living Like Lions pushes us to uncover the masculinity we’ve lost.
My hope for you is that Living Like Lions makes you question everything you know about being a man. Not a questioning that makes you doubt who you are, but a questioning that digs down into your identity and uncovers the strength and leadership you’ve always wanted to find.
Be aimless no longer. Think for yourself. Lead. Be strong. Love Jesus. That’s the message of Living Like Lions.