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  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068733442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687334421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Easum is President of 21st-Century Strategies, a church consulting and nurturing firm. One of the most widely sought advisers on congregational health and vitality in North America, he has over 30 years of congregational experience, with approximately 25 years' experience as a pastor. One of the most respected voices on emerging forms of ministry and congregational life, he is the author of several books, including Unfreezing Moves, Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First, Go Big!, (with Bil Cornelius), and Ministry in Hard Times (with Bill Tenny-Brtiian), all published by Abingdon Press.

Bil Cornelius is pastor of Bay Area Fellowship.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tony Mack on June 9, 2006
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I just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW! (I posted this on my blog but I wanted to post it here too.)

I first came across Bil Cornelius (Yes, he spells his first name with one "L") at the ChurchPlanters.com conference last year. He taught a break out session on creative service planning that was absolutely filled with great thoughts and ideas. Truthfully, the session was more about how to lead and grow your church than planning a service and I took a lot of notes. I also took note of Bil himself. He seemed down to earth and it was readily apparent that he just wanted to help other church planters. He had his wife with him that day too and you could tell that they have a wonderful relationship. I was truly impressed with this dude.

I simply can't stress how great this little book (129 pages) is. I started highlighting important stuff in yellow in chapter one and now almost my entire copy is dripping yellow ink. The book is filled with so much wisdom and direction. The pull quotes alone would be worth the price of the book IMHO.

I like practical books and this one is just that. It's written by two men that have obviously seen it all, or at least most of it, and they shoot straight throughout the book. It's like some incredible church growth and leadership conference in a book format.

The Bill's don't pull any punches. I found myself convicted and challenged. I felt like those two guys "lovingly" kicked me in the seat of my pants. They inspired me and helped increase my vision for what my church could and should be.

Again, two thumbs up for this book. I wish every pastor I knew had a copy.

In the last chapter they mention that they plan to release a series of books like this one. They say that the next three are going to cover small groups, children's ministry and worship. I can't wait. I want to pre-order mind today!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Graverobber on September 24, 2007
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All across the U.S. there are 10s of thousands of churches in decline or dying, many of which are in growing population areas. Easum and Cornelius put forth a clear, concise, and unmistakeable call to action, to reach out and bring people to Christ and the Church.

This book is worth the price if all it does is shatter the self-imposed limitations that clergy and churches place around themselves in terms of the potential for making disciples in most locations. But there are also many practical suggestions to consider and apply.

The book is written in easy to understand language and a no-nonsense approach. It's short enought to read and start putting into practice, rather than try to decipher what it means. I personally appreciate the direct approach.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frankie on May 7, 2007
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As a leader in my church, I found this book to be a great tool for providing insight and direction into ways to grow your ministry. It is easy to read (I finished it in 3 days) and can be used as the focal point for a series of discussions amongst the chuch leadership.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Henson VINE VOICE on August 4, 2008
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This book is filled with tough advice. One of the toughest concepts for me is that the pastor should be making all the decisions, including the hiring and firing of all staff. Also, that after a staff member is hired, he has a year or maybe two to bring in enough people that he has paid his own way. I noticed that one other reviewer counted these things to arrogance, but I really don't think that is the case. I haven't met Easum, but I have met Cornelius and found him to be anything but arrogant. He is, however, very passionate about growing the kingdom of God. This is the way that has worked for him, and it definitely has worked. Either I haven't had the vision focused intently enough to do these things, or perhaps their is more than one way to get things done. The overarching concepts of the book, however, I found indisputable, there must be vision or a church will never be what God wants it to be and the church must be single-minded in its desire to win a lost and dying world. One of the best chapters was on using different forms of media to get the church moving past various numerical barriers. Overall, it's not a book whose concepts I could embrace entirely, but it one forces one to examine one's own ideas for achieving the Great Commission.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2008
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I love the ideas in this book.

As a missionary for many years, I have seen church pastors, leaders, and members with very little Bible training put together wonderful churches. Now that I am a pastor in the US I am amazed at how tenaciously people hold to the ideas that more Biblical training or a deeper devotional life will produce a bigger, stronger church.

It isn't always Bible training or deeper devotion that grows a church. Often what is needed is just a new set of ideas to help navigate a paradigm shift or to see perhaps for the first time what is being done poorly. Our church is probably not alone in being able to say, "We have found the enemy, and it is us."

This book offers fresh perspectives, and I look forward to implementing as much of it as I can.
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Go Big is a very easy read. I think anyone who is pasturing a church or considering becoming a pastor should read this book. I have read many books on church growth, but this book is the first to walk you through the process of building a strong foundation. The book is not rocket science or quantum physics. In fact this book is full of common sense things and practical advice. I have used the nuggets I gained from this book to help expand our leadership team and push past our current growth barriers. The thing I like most about this book is that both authors have been pastors and understand the process of developing leadership teams and the struggles that come along with it. I feel this book is more about the thought process of breaking growth barriers mixed with the wisdom of practical ideas to transform your church.
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Bill Easum has a thirty year track record of growing congregations in two denominations. His last church, which he pastored for twenty-four years, grew to the largest United Methodist Church in South Texas. The past twenty years, Bill has served as a consultant to congregations and denominations. In 1986 he founded 21st Century Strategies. Bill has personally worked in over 700 congregations, some of which are the largest in the nation, and has taught hundreds of thousands of leaders (client list http://easumbandy.com/services/consultations/our_list_of_clients/). Bill is the author of more than a dozen best selling books.

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