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Sustainable Young Adult Ministry
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Sustainable Young Adult Ministry

Making It Work, Making It Last

by Mark DeVries and Scott Pontier

Young adult ministry can scare us, but what if it's not as enigmatic as we've been led to believe? Full of practical advice from their own experience (and a wealth of additional resources), this book from Scott Pontier and Mark DeVries explores six common mistakes churches make in their efforts to reach young adults, offering six paradoxes that return us to a simpler, more biblical ministry model.

Sustainable Youth Ministry
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Sustainable Youth Ministry

Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

by Mark DeVries

One of the big problems in youth ministry is the constant turnover of youth ministers. Mark DeVries addresses the problem with a systematic answer: churches need to take corporate responsibility for establishing a vision and structure for effective ministry, rather than leaving it all up to the youth minister. Especially helpful for senior pastors and church leaders.

Teams That Thrive
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Teams That Thrive

Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

by Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird
Foreword by Dave Ferguson

What do the top church teams do to thrive together? Researchers and practitioners Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird have discovered churches who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. Using actual church examples, this coaching tool presents their discoveries, culminating in five disciplines that will enable your team to thrive.

Tempered Resilience
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Tempered Resilience

How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change

by Tod Bolsinger

What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change? Exploring the qualities of adaptive leadership within churches and nonprofit organizations, Tod Bolsinger deftly examines both the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back, showing how leaders can become both stronger and more flexible.

Tempered Resilience Study Guide
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Tempered Resilience Study Guide

8 Sessions on Becoming an Adaptive Leader

by Tod Bolsinger

Tempered Resilience by Tod Bolsinger is about forming resilience so leaders can lead through the resistance that always accompanies change. This eight-session study guide is designed to lead to honest conversations for self-discovery as well as offer practices that leaders and their teams can take on together.

Number of Studies: 8

The Art of Pastoring
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The Art of Pastoring

Ministry Without All the Answers

by David Hansen

Leading us well beyond the niceties of self-help literature, pastor David Hansen gives us a rare look at the actual pastorate—the one that emerges without your permission in the midst of life and ministry. In this revised and expanded edition, Hansen expands on his view of the pastor as a "parable of Jesus" and adds a new postlude.

The Church as Movement
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The Church as Movement

Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities

by JR Woodward and Dan White Jr.
Foreword by Alan Hirsch

JR Woodward and Dan White Jr. have trained church planters all over North America. In this interactive field manual, they help you and your team gain eight key competencies crucial for church planting so that you can create churches that flourish and launch their own sustainable missional and incarnational congregations.

The Enneagram Goes to Church
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The Enneagram Goes to Church

Wisdom for Leadership, Worship, and Congregational Life

by Todd Wilson

Can the Enneagram make you a better ministry leader? Veteran pastor Todd Wilson learned that you need to understand how people work in order to effectively shepherd them. Whether you are on a church staff or leading a small group, you will find that the same Enneagram insights that help us grow in self-awareness can also be applied to life in our faith communities.

The Living Church
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The Living Church

Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

by John Stott

John Stott describes the characteristics of an "authentic" or "living" church that conserves Scripture and radically combines tradition and that convention called "culture." He presents the Bible's wisdom with a teacher's skill and applies it with a pastor's heart. Stott shows that becoming a living church is not an impossible goal.

The Missional Quest
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The Missional Quest

Becoming a Church of the Long Run

Forge Partnership Books

by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco
Foreword by Ed Stetzer

Lance Ford and Brad Brisco walk leaders through the major shifts involved in converting consumer-model churches into congregations on a quest for the kingdom of God. Addressing everything from sowing the seeds of incarnational thinking to stepping out in the local community, The Missional Questwill prepare your church for the long run.


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