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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing, Geoff Surratt brilliantly exposes commonly held beliefs that hold churches back. His practical insights will empower your ministry to push through man-made barriers to reach more people with the gospel. -- Craig Groeschel, Pastor, of LifeChurch.tv <br><br>

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Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing Endorsements

In Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing, Geoff Surratt brilliantly exposes commonly held beliefs that hold churches back. His practical insights will empower your ministry to push through man-made barriers to reach more people with the gospel.
-- Craig Groeschel, Pastor, of LifeChurch.tv

Most anyone can point out the mistakes pastors make, but only someone with a huge heart for leaders and the local church can offer proven solutions. My friend and advisor Geoff Surratt is just that person. Grab your journal and a fresh pen and get ready to take some notes--this book is like a master's degree in church leadership!
-- Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor, of The Journey Church

Geoff Surratt has profound insights into the inner workings of the church. And he unpacks them in ways that are both practical and inspirational.
-- Mark Batterson

Geoff Surratt knows what it takes to grow and build a healthy church--he's done it as an integral part of the ministry team at Seacoast Church. Now he pulls back the curtain to let us in on the painful lessons he learned along the way and shows us how to avoid making the same missteps. It's a helpful read that just might save your church, your ministry, or your marriage.
-- Larry Osborne, North Coast Church, Vista, California

Geoff Surratt is the peanut butter and jelly for every piece of bread in today's church. He sees things others tend to miss and knows how to frame things in a way that will lift up and encourage those who listen to him.
-- Dino Rizzo, Pastor, of Healing Place Church

A veteran pastor once instructed me, "Take God seriously. Just don't take yourself seriously." Geoff strikes that balance with wit and wisdom. Any growth-oriented pastor will benefit from this book and probably will get a few belly laughs out of it too! The laughter helps the medicine go down.
-- David Browning

Ten Stupid Things That keep Churches from Growing is a must read for pastors and staff if you want your church to grow. This book is very practical--a great read and a useful reference for leaders in ministry. I love the chapter on promoting talent over integrity. It is so easy to try to fast-track leaders and not safeguard your ministry for continued growth. Thanks, Geoff! This is a great book.
-- Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Cummunity Christian Church

Ten Stupid Things is an idiot's guide to church and ministry--and that's a good thing! Surratt's passionate style, pithy writing, and examples help us to think about our own situation with fresh eyes.
--Ed Stetzer, Author, of "Comeback Churches"

"Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing will teach you things you will never learn in seminary but every pastor needs to know. Geoff Surratt brings a fresh, bold, and honest approach to ministry which will help you put the joy back in ministry. You'll get more than a lesson here - you'll get real life experiences from successful churches all across the country.
-- Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama


More About the Author

In addition to being the Managing Director of Exponential (www.exponential.org) Geoff Surratt also helps churches across the country in strategic planning, teaching and staff development. Geoff previously led the church planting and multisite ministry of Saddleback Church and served Seacoast Church overseeing their 13 campuses. He has almost 30 years of ministry experience in a variety of roles in local churches, and is the author of several books including The Multisite Church Revolution, The Multisite Church Roadtrip and 10 Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing. Geoff lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Sherry. They have two children and one granddaughter.

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I found the book to be both helpful and easy to read.
John Gibbs
If anything I bet Surratt really listed 10 big categories with tons of stupid ideas and mistakes that every church does.
Michael Mears
I would highly recommend this book to pastors who are struggling through trying to help the church grow.
Chris Stiles

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mears on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So I am sure your first question is are there really only ten? If anything I bet Surratt really listed 10 big categories with tons of stupid ideas and mistakes that every church does. As a Campus Minister in campus ministry some of these mistakes are not so applicable yet still many are all too familiar. About a month ago Geoff Surratt offered a free copy of his most recent book "Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing" to the first 10 people responded. Whenever I see something free offered I always jump at it. I will read a book that has nothing to do with anything I care about and review it if it is free. Though I do not work for a church per se this book was still applicable in campus ministry to really have myself and our staff ask if there is anything we are doing to hinder the opportunity for growth.

The book breaks down 10 core areas where people in ministry hinder growth. Surratt refers to them as stupid because once you read his thoughts its easy to laugh how stupid they yet convicting at the same time when I see how I have done and still do some of these things in my area of ministry. The ten things that Surratt lists are

Leaders do it all
Establishing Wrong role for the pastor's family
Second rate worship experiences
Low quality children's ministry
Promoting talent over integrity
Clinging to bad location
Copying another Successful Church
Favor discipline over Reconciliation
Mixing ministry and Business
Letting committees steer the ship

Right off the bat I knew I would like this book when Geoff mentioned his love for diet coke. The stupid mistake that hit home with me the most was my control issue. The idea that I can lead everything and at a better level than others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bradley A. Post on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have recently finished reading Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing by Geoff Surratt. I have been a diligent reader this year in the areas of church growth, leadership development, parenting and marriage. I will have to say that this book is in my top two books I have read in the area of church growth. I would compare this book to It by Craig Groeschel. Let me tell you why; Geoff has a great sense of humor and it is evident throughout the book. I really like his sense of humor and it reminds me of Craig's writing.

Geoff does an amazing job with his resources and research. You can tell that he has done a ton of research on this subject and he has the references throughout the book to back it up. At the end of each chapter he does a great job at introducing other successful pastors in the ministry and asks them a series of questions in relation to the subject written in each chapter.

My suggestion is for every church leader to read this book and even go through it as a staff. The insight you will get from this book will help you to make great decisions in the future and minimize mistakes in the future.

At the end of each chapter he also has a series of questions to ask yourself and even discuss with other leaders in your church. I really think Geoff has done an amazing job in writing this book. I am a huge fan and can't wait to read more of his stuff.

Great job Geoff!!
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37 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I figured I was going to have trouble with this book when I read the following phrase in the introduction, "Growing churches are the hope of the world." Before reading Ten Stupid Things I was unfamiliar with the author and his South Carolina church. I decided to go ahead and read the book although I had reservations with this opening philosophy.

In the epilogue Geoff Surratt restates the concept as he is wrapping things up, "The local church is the hope of the world and as pastors, we are the hope of the local church." Really? Seriously? I've spent a number of years in the full-time ministry myself and I certainly wouldn't put that responsibility, weight or prominence on our shoulders. I tend to think we are often more of the problem than the solution. Geoff is certainly coming from a different worldview than I am; the success he is experiencing at multiplying church campuses at Seacoast is certainly impressive. But I'm not convinced that his answers equate to a healthy, vibrant, capital C, Church.

The ten stupid things that Geoff lists as keeping churches from growing are these:

* Trying to do it all
* Establishing the Wrong Role for the Pastor's Family
* Providing a Second-Rate Worship Experience
* Settling for Low Quality Children's Ministry
* Promoting Talent over Integrity
* Clinging to a Bad Location
* Copying Another Successful Church
* Favoring Discipline over Reconciliation
* Mixing Ministry and Business
* Letting Committees Steer the Ship

As one friend commented, "Now that I've read the Table of Contents I don't need to actually read the book." And for the most part, that's true. There isn't a whole lot of new information here in terms of church growth material. Most of it is common sense.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Marett Stallings on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I received my copy of, Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt, I was not sure what to think. However, as a brand new church planter I soon found a book that will be a key resource over the years to come. This is not a book of theory, but a guide full of practical "how to" advice. It is advice that covers everything from the role of the senior pastor's family to how to handle discipline in the congregation or with staff.

Each chapter ends with the key insight of a pastor that has successfully lived out the experience of that particular chapter and then followed by the "IQ Test". The "IQ Test" questions allow the book to become a workbook to provide a platform for discussion and discovery between the pastor and leadership team.

Surratt keeps a balance throughout the book by often reminding the reader that ministry is more than completing steps 1,2,3 etc, but it is a call that must have the anointing and direction of God. His sense of humor is an added bonus.

This book can be a useful resource for all pastors no matter what stage they are in ministry. But for a new or future church planter, it should be required reading.

Jon Stallings, Senior Pastor, Redeemer's Way Foursquare Church
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