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  • Series: Leadership Network Innovation Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Leadership Network Innovation Series edition (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285083
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Anyway, read the book if you are a leader in a church doing small groups.
Michael J. Greiner
Larry Osborne has written a new book called "Sticky Church" dealing with one of the most needed ingredients in the recipe for quality discipleship--time.
Chad Estes
Here's hoping that the Lord uses this book to help our churches become even "stickier".
Eric Nygren

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nygren on October 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I knew I wanted to read Larry Osborne's new book Sticky Church as soon as I read the title. I would guess that that every pastor and every church has wrestled with the question about how to get people who visit their church to not only stay but how to get them connected. As Osborne points out we've tried just about everything but we still see too many of our people leaving through the back door.

The solution for Osborne and the folks at North Coast Church was to help people "stick" by getting them to be a part of their small group ministry. But the small groups at NCC were not your typical Bible study group or multiplying cell group. Osborne details the process that led him and his ministry team to focus on Sermon based small groups. As a result, those involved in small groups at NCC were given an opportunity to make application from what they heard the previous Sunday in the context of encouraging, accountable relationships.

I found Osborne's book to be extremely helpful in developing my own vision and strategy for ministry but probably not in the way Osborne would have imagined when writing this book. I pastor a rural church where we don't have small groups--we are a small group. I found many of Osborne's comments and principles to be very relevant to our situation and the ministry we are trusting God to develop. Osborne covers everything from preaching, to church health, to relationships, and leadership training. I imagine the principles I gleaned will be most beneficial to the way I give leadership to the local church.

My copy of Sticky Church is now marked up and well worn. My goal now is to go back through the book so I can process again the principles Osborne has shared.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on May 15, 2009
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I'm on staff at a church that's been doing small groups seriously for about five years. I've read many books on small groups and have learned some important things from most of them. As all honest authors admit, no particular model is completely transferable from one church context to another, and Osborne thankfully acknowledges this reality. Rather than prescribing the North Coast model as the panacea to solve all small group problems, he seems to approach "The Sticky Church" from the perspective of "here's what we've experienced, here's what's working for us, so use whatever is helpful." I like that.

The overall premise of the book is that many churches spend too much time widening the front door (getting new people to come) and not enough time closing the back door (discouraging current attenders from leaving). As other reviewers have noted, Osborne spends the latter part of the book explaining NCC's primary solution for creating a Sticky Church, their small groups. There are two things about groups at NCC that are somewhat unique from much of the standard small groups literature.

First, their groups are primarily sermon-based, which simply means that their "curriculum" is discussing the sermon from weekend worship. This has many benefits, which include encouraging better sermon listening, note-taking, and accessing the message online or with a CD if a person missed the message. And probably the biggest value of sermon-based groups is the simplification that it creates in people's lives, who are bombarded with messages and ideas and don't need yet another thing to be pondering and studying, even if it is a good small group study.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2009
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"If the back door of a church is left wide open, it doesn't matter how many people are coaxed to come in the front door," according to this book. Healthy churches are "sticky", because they concentrate on growing people up to maturity, not just on attracting "spiritual window shoppers". The book goes on to describe North Coast Church's sermon-based small groups model.

Small groups provide the best forum for Christians to learn to stick to other Christians and to the Bible. When the subject of each week's small group meeting is the preceding Sunday's sermon, the level of attention paid to the sermon increases, and many people even start taking notes. Those who happen to miss the week's sermon are more likely to listen to it online in preparation for the weekly small group meeting. Newcomers find it easier to fit into small groups, because they can study up on the sermon before they come.

According to Osborne, the ideal group size is 8 to 12 singles or 6 to 7 couples. People need to be in a group with people they are compatible with, so purely neighbourhood-based groups do not work well. Because people have limited time, small groups need to be the main priority; other activities can be held during a season of the year when there are no small groups. There is enough new information in this book to make it recommended reading for all church leaders.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By I Read Freely on October 26, 2008
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This is a book that begins good with principles of retaining people. However, early into the book, the author narrows the rest of it to small group ministry...sunday sermon based groups to be exact. As a pastor who already uses a similar method, I still got a lot out of it. However, I belive that anyone considering this book should know that its enfasis is small groups...especially his method. So if you want a small group book on sunday sermon based methodolgy, this is for you; but if you are expecting a book that os broader on the subject of people retention, keep looking. Bottom line, a good book...IF you are interested in small groups.
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