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The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love [Kindle Edition]

Robert Morris
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Book Description

How can I help my church stay focused on its purpose?
What would a culture of generosity look like for my church?
What part does rest play in a healthy church?


Whether you are a pastor, a volunteer, or a church member, you want your church to grow well. After all, there’s no better place to experience God than in the loving, healthy community of a church. But what does an effective church look like? Is it possible to grow and be healthy at the same time?
 
Pastor Robert Morris has experienced firsthand the spiritual and relational excitement of a growing, dynamic church. In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris brings you practical wisdom for cultivating real growth by nurturing true and Biblical health in your spiritual community.

“In The Blessed Church Robert Morris reveals why Gateway Church in Dallas–Fort Worth has become not just one of the largest churches in America but also one of the most influential. Robert’s devoted, attentive shepherding of this great fl ock is one reason why Gateway is so‘blessed.’ In The Blessed Church the biblical principles that lead to true success in the body of Christ are carefully explained. If you love the local church, as both Robert and I do, you won’t want to miss the insights found in this helpful and practical book.”
—Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; and president, The Urban Alternative
 
“Our world desperately needs healthy, vibrant churches, so I’m so thankful Robert Morris has written The Blessed Church—a book that draws on the Gateway ‘back story’ to describe the qualities of a healthy local church. More than anything, a heart for God and a love of people define the ministry of Pastor Morris and Gateway Church. If you want a growing vitality in your church, you will profit from every page of The Blessed Church.”
—Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands
 
“How has your church remained so healthy while growing so quickly?”

Robert Morris gets this question a lot. In other words, people want to know: “What’s your secret?”
 
In The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love, Pastor Robert Morris unfolds why Gateway Church in suburban Dallas–Fort Worth is one of America’s fastest-growing, spiritually enriching local churches—and still one of its healthiest. Written for both church leaders and lay people, The Blessed Church looks at the qualities that make church “work” in the twenty-first century and how that can enrich your church—whatever its size or vision.
 
With the humor and powerful stories he’s known for, Morris shows how every component of your church—including mission, church government, teaching, worship, small groups, giving, and outreach—can receive God’s richest blessings. Rather than bemoaning the problems of the contemporary evangelical church, The Blessed Church celebrates the expanding role of the body of Christ in the lives of individuals—starting right where you and your church are today.


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''God has blessed Gateway Church with explosive growth. Pastor Robert Morris humbly unpacks many of the invaluable lessons he and his team have learned along the journey. His spiritual insight and practical instruction will help you build a stronger, deeper, and broader ministry.''
- Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

''Our world desperately needs healthy, vibrant churches, so I'm thankful Robert Morris has written The Blessed Church - a book that draws on the Gateway backstory to describe the qualities of a healthy local church. More than anything, a heart for God and a love of people define the ministry of Pastor Morris and Gateway Church. If you want a growing vitality in your church, you will profit from every page of The Blessed Church.''
- Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands

''In The Blessed Church, Robert Morris reveals why Gateway Church in Dallas-Fort Worth has become not just one of the largest churches in America but also one of the most influential. Robert's devoted, attentive shepherding of this great flock is one reason why Gateway is so blessed. In The Blessed Church, the biblical principles that lead to true success in the body of Christ are carefully explained. If you love the local church, as both Robert and I do, you won't want to miss the insights found in this helpful and practical book.''
- Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and president of The Urban Alternative

''When I refer to the blessed church, I am speaking from firsthand experience. My wife, Betty, and I are active members of Gateway Church, which Robert Morris pastors. We have witnessed and experienced the dynamic power and profound impact made on personal lives, families, the community, the church at large, and the nation. The blessed church members live a blessed life and continually seek to be a blessing to others. Through Pastor Morris's leadership, Gateway Church has become a model and inspiration to the whole church around the world. Your church can experience the bountiful blessings of our God and Father right here on earth right now!''
- James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today

''Robert has put together a master playbook for victory in the church. Every pastor can learn from the insight and wisdom God has given Robert and the Gateway team. In fact, I truly believe that practicing the biblical principles of health and growth outlined in The Blessed Church will help us all further the Great Commission and experience radical transformation and blessing in our communities.''
- Tom Mullins, founding pastor of Christ Fellowship Church

 ''Every pastor, layman, leader, and churchgoer should read The Blessed Church. Morris has done it again. Readable and inspiring, The Blessed Church is a must-read for all who want their own church to walk in the blessings of God.''
- Mark Rutland, PhD, president of Oral Roberts University and Global Servants

''The story of Gateway Church is one of radical trust, bold vision, and the faithfulness of God. Now my friend, Robert Morris, has written a book telling that extraordinary story. Read it! You will realize that God wants to bless your church more than you ever could have imagined.''
- Greg Surratt, senior pastor of Seacoast Church --Reviews

About the Author

Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than twenty-four thousand active members. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life, broadcast to approximately ninety million homes in the United States and more than two hundred countries around the world.
 
Robert holds a doctorate of literature and serves as chairman of the board of The King's University. He is the best-selling author of nearly a dozen books, including The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny, The Power of Your Words, and The God I Never Knew. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married more than thirty years and are blessed
with one married daughter, two married sons, and grandchildren.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2153 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307729737
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080Z5I0Y
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Past the Mega Church, Long on Wisdom November 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Generally speaking, I don't like mega churches. I don't like the attitude of mega church pastors, and I don't like the books that those pastors write which inevitably make me feel inferior because the church that I pastor doesn't have 53 people saved every Sunday morning and didn't grow from 0 to 4000 members in 6 months. However, without knowing that Robert Morris pastors a multi-site mega church of 24,000 active members in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I began reading The Blessed Church.

As Morris told the back story for the church and its phenomenal growth, I shuttered, hoping not to suffer from nightmares of Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. I saw hints of that superior, uber-confident, I've-got-it-all-figured-out mega church pastor when I read about the vision of Morris had for the church. He writes, "I know these vision goals sound arrogant. But that's the nature of God-given vision." (page 53).

My heart sunk and I forced myself beyond any desire at all to continue reading when I read, "Over the years, the second most-consistent comment we've received from new members is this: 'We are here because of our kids. We visited once, and they kept asking when we were going to get to go back to the 'fun church.'" (page 55)

Excused arrogance? The fun church? Really?

However, about the time that Morris finished with the bulk of the phenomenal, miraculous growth pitch and started explaining the biblical principles that the Gateway Church follows, I found myself meditating more and disagreeing less.

Over and over I entered one word electronic footnotes after highlighting portions of the text in which I saw great wisdom.

"Interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some good, some not so good March 11, 2013
By audie
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book from the Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books review program.

Three stars pretty much sums up my take on Morris' book. There's things in it that seemed good, and others that I thought were kinda sketchy.

First, to look at some of the good things. The fact that Morris puts so much emphasis on feeding the sheep put him far ahead of some other megachurch pastors I've listened to who hop up in their I-chairs, rant about "the jackass in the church" who wants to go deeper, tells them that Jesus tells them to shut up, and overall takes on the attitude that if you're already a believer in Christ than "We need your seat!!" for the ones who aren't. Morris' attitude in this regards is much to be appreciated.

Along that same line, his ideas about training the people out there in the congregation to be more than mere spectators seems to be good, as well as his ideas about delegating church responsbilities to other people who may be able to focus on it better, as well as allowing the pastor to focus on his calling of teaching and preaching.

One of the things that was iffy to me has to do with him being in the charismatic camp, and maybe even in the NAR. This comes through in his emphasis on "hearing the voice of the Spirit", apparently usually the inner voice that charismatic types like to talk about a lot, as well as more blatant statements about his church having Apostolic Elders. He doesn't go into these things much, I think he mentions doing so in another of his books, so I'll not make much of it here either, just mention it and my reactions to it.

Morris finds many of his principles for church leadership and growth from the business world. I'm kinda iffy about that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple truths with profound results September 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love. Pastor Robert Morris and his Gateway Church experienced an unusual excelleration of church growth from literally a handful of people in his living room to 20,000 twelve years later. It wasn't simply the hand of God and nothing else, but it took carefully calculated decisions in hearing the heartbeat of God to partner with His vision, while strategically positioning himself around mentors that would pour wisdom into his life. The attributes that make for a healthy church will be revealed in this book. These solid principles contained within have proven time and again that church growth can be a continual thing. He will teach you however that growth, in and of itself, is not what should be sought after as much as the health of the individuals involved or it will be unsustainable. He also believes that major decisions should be made only after getting clarity from God.
Three definite ingredients propelled Gateway Church to excellence: deliver outstanding sermons, provide an excellent worship experience, and offer the best children's ministry possible. He believes anyone called to pastor can deliver sermons with excellence. " It requires only a hard- headed determination to prioritize your personal time with God, in His word, and then faithfully carry to your people what you receive in those times of fellowship and study.".
Robert Morris is a true Shepherd- not one that merely fulfills his obligation to preach with excellence each week- but one that has a heart after the people he cares for. Just like you can't fool children, the congregation will know if the pastor truly has a heart after their best interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE Robert Morris !!
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Book Review: The Blessed Church
by Robert Morris

There is certainly no shortage of books written on principles for effective ministry in the local church. Read more
Published 15 days ago by John W. Nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Church Equals Growing Church
The two words I would use to describe this book are: transparent and readable.

The Author's Humility
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Blessed Church" by Robert Morris
Pastors give the best guilt trips. Let me clarify that. Pastors give themselves the best guilt trips. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed by this Book
The Blessed Church, by Pastor Robert Morris, of Gateway Church in the DFW area, is excellent resource for Pastors, church staff, and elders of the church. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna Morton
1.0 out of 5 stars Whose growth? Which secret?
Church Growth literature is a curious genre to me. Robert Morris' Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love is another curious book in that genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julius L McCarter
5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is in the ministry
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is in the ministry! I recommend it for anyone who is not in the ministry too! Very insightful.
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