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
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.