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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426715900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426715907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Jesus uses fruitfulness to draw our attention toward the results, outcomes, impact, and effect of our ministry.  In Bearing Fruit, Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin focus the church on changing lives rather than on merely maintaining or surviving.  With unapologetic candor, honest passion, and helpful examples, Bearing Fruit weaves practical experience with biblical mandate to help us fulfill God's mission for the church.  A helpful, hopeful tool for rethinking ministry. -- Robert Schnase, author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Bearing Fruit
is an excellent book on leadership and the local church!  It reminded me of things I know but had forgotten, it renewed my passion for leadership, and it inspired new ideas and insights for the church I serve.  This is the one book we've asked our leaders to read together before our strategic planning process this year. -- Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Churches are created to be fruitful.  The faith, knowledge, and actions of Christian leaders can be shaped toward fruitfulness.  As guides of our spirits and mentors of our practice, Berlin and Weems lead us beyond frenzy, lethargy, excuses, and denial.  Our work matters, and we dare not engage it without an eye to the quantifiable contribution that we make. -- Hope Morgan Ward, Resident Bishop, Mississippi Conference, The United Methodist Church

About the Author

Lovett H. Weems Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. A local church pastor and seminary president for many years, he is the author of Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture and Integrity, Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit., and Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church, all published by Abingdon Press.

Tom Berlin is the Senior Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, near Washington, DC, where he has served since 1997.  The story of this long-established yet growing and mission-shaped church unfolds in Bearing Fruit.  Tom is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He and his wife, Karen, have four daughters.
 

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It brings the Results to our FEET!
Brenda G.
Along with other members of the senior staff, I read this in preparation for our semi-annual retreat today.
Andrew Conard
The book is right in line with the Church's focus on fruitful and effective ministry.
Karen

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Conard on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I recently just finished Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. and Tom Berlin. Along with other members of the senior staff, I read this in preparation for our semi-annual retreat today. I have been considering what it fruitful and effective ministry is like, especially in response to Kevin Watson's post, Further Thoughts on Measuring Effective Ministry. I appreciated many of the principles put forth in this book.

Here is a brief summary:
* Fruitfulness is part of the character of God and the story told throughout scripture.
* There is a clear difference between business and fruitfulness.
* Always be clear about why you are doing anything in the life of the church, i.e. We have worship each week, so that...
* Alignment between God's vision and the vision of the leadership is essential for fruitfulness.
* Capturing a creation story for an existing congregation can catalyze fruitfulness.
* The entirety of God sized visions aren't always revealed at the outset.
* Fruitfulness is enhanced by the governing board, church staff and the congregation being on the same page about vision
* As a church leader, paying attention to how you care for yourself is of utmost importance.
* God gives the growth

Perhaps most helpful, I found a clear way to consider fruitful leadership:
"Fruitful leaders care about results because results are ways to go beyond merely filling a pastoral role to active participation in seeking results that we are convinced emerge from the gospel we preach." (xvi, Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results)

In the words of LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow, "But you don't have to take my word for it..."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Owens on June 3, 2011
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A few years ago Jim Collins' book "Good to Great" argued that there is a strong and important difference between level 4 leaders, who rely on charisma to impose vision, and level 5 leaders who's humble character allow big visions to bubble up from within the community. The major difference is that when an organization loses their level 4 leader then often the vision departs with the leader. However, level 5 leaders through the genuineness of their character and approach can come and go, but the strength of the vision within the organization goes on and on beyond that one person. Too often when we look for models of clergy leadership we have been mesmerized by the level 4 leaders, while most of us are not called (Thank God!) to be that kind of leader. In fact, I hope most of us are called to something more.

Tom Berlin is a level 5 leader. As I read the book, I could almost see the great professor, Lovett Weems, standing behind Tom forcing Tom to put this important story in writing. This is a story many of us clergy can relate to, and this is a real model for responsible, visionary leadership in a congregation with a long history. Tom creates an environment which allows a congregation to hear, actually hear, and then act on God's call to produce fruit -- and not just a little bit of fruit either, but a real bringing in of the harvest.

This is a good, practical read if you care about faithful living for Christ within the community of the church.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 15, 2012
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Well worth reading if you want to grow. I bought a couple of copies for friends who have also appreciated the book very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine C. Snuggs on May 30, 2014
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This is a great resource book to use as a study guide. A special way to reach out to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda G. on February 8, 2014
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This book brings focus to every thong we've read and done! It brings the
Results to our FEET! Accountability to our hearts as well

Great book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 13, 2013
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I found this book very good. it is stretching yet encouraging. I recommend that every pastor and denominational leader read this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ljj on December 9, 2013
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Lovett Weems wrote a great book on how to bring people into the church and also getting them involved in the church. How to build up the church with new disciples.
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