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Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, which has a weekend attendance of more than 14,500. Wayne is a church planter at heart, having planted more than 108 churches in the Pacific Rim countries of the Philippines, Japan, Australia, and Myanmar. He has also planted churches in Hawaii, California, Montana, Washington, and Nevada. He is the author of eleven books, and he and his wife, Anna, have three married children and four grandchildren. They split their time between Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon, where they have a family farm.



Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love and the host of the BASIC.series. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California and the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their four daughters and one son.

Larry Osborne is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church in northern San Diego County. North Coast is widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Osborne speaks extensively on the subjects of leadership and spiritual formation. His books include Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, and Spirituality for the Rest of Us. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oceanside, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310494478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310494478
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne Cordeiro is senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the most beloved churches. Pioneered by Wayne Cordeiro in 1995, it has grown to over 12,000 in weekend attendance with over 80% of the attendees being first-time Christians. New Hope has recently planted 24 satellite churches in Honolulu. Wayne is an author, songwriter, and highly sought after conference speaker. His books include Doing Church as a Team, Attitudes that Attract Success, Dream Releasers, Seven Rules of Success, Rising Above, Leading on Empty, Divine Mentor, Irresistible Church, Sifted, and Jesus-Pure and Simple. His speaking takes him around the world. He is a church planter and leadership trainer at heart and has planted over 134 churches in the Pacific Rim and around the world. Wayne is also the author of the Life Journal used by thousands of churches. He is the chancellor of New Hope Christian College with campuses in Honolulu, Oregon, Tokyo and Myanmar. He and his wife, Anna, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurence T. Baxter VINE VOICE on April 25, 2012
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Sifted is a marvelous book written by Wayne Cordeiro with the help of a few friends. If you are in ministry and haven't faced major challenges, hurts, trials and disappointments, you will. If you have, Sifted will help you process these. If you're in the middle of a season of trials and disappointments, it's a simply must-read. The authors have not only faced their share of trials, but they have helped many other pastors and ministry leaders make it through. The book will be especially encouraging to church planters.

Part one, "Heart Work", describes the process of sifting, why it is virtually inevitable for those who will eventually bear much fruit in ministry, and how to respond when you are being sifted. The writing here is compassionate, warm, challenging, and highly encouraging. Part two, "Home Work" covers some of the key areas we simply cannot ignore - our family, taking care of ourselves, and facing desperate times. You've heard this content before, but it's presented in a fresh and helpful way. Part three, "Hard Work", gives much needed balance in our approach to hard times and tough situations. The veteran authors strongly urge reliance on the Spirit but also note: "We place too much emphasis on spiritual gifts and too little on sweat and gumption." It also discusses the major role sifting plays in character development.

One of my favorite quotes from the book gives a flavor of the tone of the book and the encouragement to be found by those wondering when the pain will end, wondering if they will ever make a difference in the lives of others: "A sifted life is an influential life. Your greatest influence takes place after you have been sifted and have survived... Unsifted Christians won't have as much influence, and that's simply the way God has designed it to be." Do yourself a favor and read 'Sifted."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert J. Vajko VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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This book is a welcome part of the help for church planters and ministry in general. Cordeiro gives the main thrust of the book staring, "the core message of this book: sifting happens, but God is still in control, and in fact God uses this season for your good because he wants to do something in you before he does something through you" (60). What the authors want us to see is that "growth happens best in sifted soil" (87).

And the authors do challenge each church planter to think through their heart motivation (part one), their home as priority in ministry (part two), and the importance of working hard in being a servant (part three).

This book truly impacts the reader in a new way about the fact that: "church leadership is as much about being as it is about doing" (39)

In major sections throughout the book the reader is asked to take a moment to answer questions about what has been read. It is better to do this than to put questions at the end of each chapter.

It has been a challenge to me personally to think through the importance of caring properly for my heart, my home, and hard work (meaning effectiveness rather than busyness). Each of the three parts of this book has help in understanding what is happening.

First, in terms of the heart, "Why do so many leaders [and for us this means church planters] lose heart and want to quit? The heart, metaphorically speaking, can be a tricky organ" (25). How true this is for church planters.

Second, in terms of the home, the problem is explained, "Church work was all-encompassing for me, and, I hate to admit it, in many senses I viewed my family as a necessary evil" (97). Then a priority list is given putting the priority as God, self, spouse, family, and ministry (97).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JPH on June 6, 2013
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I am ordering a copy of this book for every pastor in my church. If I had read this book a few years back, my ministry today would look very different and I could have avoided a lot of unneeded pain for myself and others. What makes this book so valuable, and why I am giving it to my pastors, is that it is incredibly practical. Wayne Cordeiro explains valuable life lessons and gives tools for you to use to help you evaluate where you are and what is important in your life. In Part Two - Home Work, he has four chapters that could be a best seller on their own. These chapters contained some of the lessons that I needed the most and they are lessons I see many pastors needing today. Because I love the leaders in my church, I want to share the wisdom in this book. If you are a leader, this is a must read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
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I grew up as a Pastor's kid, so I have seen many of the challenges that pastors face first hand in my family! I was interested in this book, hoping to find words of wisdom and that's exactly what I found. The book begins with an explanation and definition of being "Sifted" the Biblical conversation in which the Devil told Jesus that his disciples would be tested (sifted) and Jesus' response and message to his disciples which was that he would pray for our faith to be strong. I like that this book explains right away that no matter how strong your faith is, at some point, you will be sifted (the act of separating the good in our lives from the bad).

It offers great practical advice and examples of how to stay strong-more than just the cliche' "pray harder" advice, but real questions that the future (or current) church leader should ask themselves about being called, what their expectations are, and how they feel their faith fits into their leadership. It also has places where it asks the reader to offer a written response to certain questions, which really causes you to thoughtfully consider what's being asked in more than just a "hmmm, that's a good point" kind of way!

Overall, this is a great book for anyone thinking about going into the ministry, but also those who are currently in church leadership. It is a quick read, but one worth reading!
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