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Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a "second life. "
Chazown (pronounced khaw-ZONE) from the Hebrew, meaning a dream, revelation, or vision. You were born with your own Chazown. Do you know what it is?Vision and Purpose: Dream It, Live It, Attain It Do you wake up each day motivated by knowing exactly why you were created? Guided by intention in every step? Enter: Chazown. Hebrew for "vision," God wants to give His for you, and this book will reveal it! Living God's dream will rock your world and align every area of your life, from your relationships to your finances and health. Chazown is packed with storytelling graphics, in-your-face honesty, bite-sized chapterettes, step-by-step guidance, surprising self-assessments, and scarcely containable energy in a fast-paced style that will drive you forward with purpose! Craig Groeschel cowrote this book, but he's waiting for his partner--you. Because only you can discover how the book ends and the rest of your life begins... Visit the Life Development Plan website as mentioned in the book: http://ldp.lifechurch.tv/jsp/main.jspChazown A Different Way to See Your Life You're invited on a most unusual odyssey--to find, name, and live out your Chazown. It's a journey you'll never forget because it's impossible to return unchanged. Practical, surprising, visually fresh, and biblically sound, the Chazown experience helps you clearly understand what you've always suspected: You're not an accident. You have been created and put on earth for a unique and important purpose...a Chazown . And God intends for you to live it with passion and fulfillment for His glory. But where to start your search? As Craig Groeschel will show, your own Chazown is hiding just under the surface of your life in three often overlooked areas: your core values, your spiritual gifts, and your past experiences. Once you discover your personal Chazown , you'll turn it into a highly motivating credo--complete with short-term goals, action steps, and an accountability network to make your big dream a reality. Pursue your Chazown and simultaneously improve five critical aspects of your life. These "small 'c' chazowns " are your relationship with God, your relationships with people, your finances, your health and fitness, and your work life. Are you living someone else's dream for your life, or no dream at all? Get ready for Chazown. Story Behind the BookCraig Groeschel started LifeChurch.tv, now attended by more than twelve thousand people each weekend on five different campuses, in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area in 1996. From that point on, he has been empowered by the knowledge that he is following God's chazown (vision) for his life. Craig's cutting-edge teaching style--including honest, uncomfortable teaching of God's truth and ubiquitous use of in-your-face video and other imagery--has challenged and changed thousands of lives. His messages are simulcast live to each of the church's campuses, and his ministry continues to explode. This book stems from a two-message series that he gave; its premise is the bedrock for all teaching and ministry at LifeChurch.tv.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Christian Atheist, by recovering Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel, is an honest, hard-hitting and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn't exist. From his own lapses in faith as a young man to the painful self-admission he had to make as an established pastor, Groeschel's own journey will immerse you and challenge you into a deeper, Christ-filled life.
The Dark Side of a Pastor's Life-A Breath of Fresh Air Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch. tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, humanstuffto confess. Check out a few of his musings:I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God, andI can't stand a lot of Christians. Through his incredible hones...
Is the REAL you getting lost because the FAKE you is just so annoyingly impressive? "Stepping onto the platform to preach that morning, I admitted to myself that I was not a pastor first, but a regular, scared, insecure, everyday guy whose life had been changed by Jesus. And if Jesus really loved me as I was (I knew He did), then why should I go on trying to be someone I wasn't?" Why DO we fake it so much? Why do we spend so much time trying to please everyone else and make so little effort trying to please God? When Craig Groeschel asked himself those questions, he couldn't come up with a good answer. So one day he decided to drop the act and start getting real. With that one choice, his life began to change in a big way. And yours can, too. Craig's passionate, funny, warts-and-all confessions and the lessons he learned will help you find you own path to authentic living and a deeper relationship with God. Includes study guide for personal or group use.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Going all the way" used to mean getting what you want from the opposite sex now...and paying for it later. It's time to redefine. Smart advice for a new generation about love, sex, and happily ever after. You've seen marriages fail time and again. Even relationships you thought were bullet proof don't last. Once promising couples dissolve in the acid of selfishness, conflict, or unfaithfulness... or fade away to a cold, gray lovelessness. No wonder that for our generation, "getting what you want" is often a substitute for love, and disillusionment about marriage is the new normal. So what do you do if you want a marriage that doesn't just survive, but thrives? That doesn't just begin romantically but ends magnificently? Answer: You do something different. Whether you're thinking ahead to marriage, are about to be wed, or have been married for a while and want to make changes, this book can help. Going All the Waywill guide you through the choices and commitments you need to makenowin order to build a strong and vibrant relationship that will go the distance. In a world where going all the way means putting yourself first, author Craig Groeschel will show you how, by putting God first, you can build a soul-enriching, lifelong relationship. With practical, candid discussions about sex, first dates, integrity, forgiveness, and communication, Craig will help you prepare for and experience a relationship that gives fresh, hope-filled meaning to "going all the way" with the one you love. From the Hardcover edition.
What do you do if you want a marriage that doesn't just survive, but thrives? That doesn't just begin romantically but ends magnificently? Answer: You do something different. You've seen marriages fail time and again. Even relationships you thought were bulletproof don't last-or maybe worse--fade away to a cold, gray lovelessness. It's no wonder that for today's generation, "getting what you want" is often a substitute for love, and disillusionment about marriage is the new normal. But you can have a long-term, love-blessed marriage. Whether you're still considering it, are about to be wed, or have been married for a while and want to make changes, Love, Sex & Happily Ever After delivers an infusion of hope. Author Craig Groeschel clearly and honestly lays out the choices and commitments you can make now to change the way you think and act--to build the relationship you want for the rest of your life. With an invigorating mix of personal story, practical guidance and biblical truth, Craig invites you into a candid conversation about first dates, sex, communication, integrity, forgiveness, and commitment. Along the way, he shows how you can build a soul-enriching, God-honoring relationship with the one you love...and believe together again in your very own "happily ever after."Previously released as Going All the WayFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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