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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673443
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Stroope is lead pastor of the multi-campus Lake Pointe Church near Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown from 57 members in 1980 to a current attendance of more than 11,000. He is also a sought-after speaker and church consultant and the co-author of Money Matters in the Church and It Starts at Home. Steve and his wife have two grown daughters and several grandchildren.

Kurt Bruner is pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church and president of HomePointe Inc., a network of church leaders creating a culture of strong family tribes. A former vice president with Focus on the Family, Kurt is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife have four children.

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TC is a great book and very practical!
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Tribal Church is a creative, refreshing, book on how to do church.
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Every pastor needs this book in their library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Searcy on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of writing a cover review for this book but it wasn't enough. This is a GREAT book by one of the best church leaders in America today. Steve helps use see our church as a collection of 'tribes' (vs. one big congregation) and shows us how we must minister to each tribe differently for the sake of discipleship and evangelism. Along the way he throws in little nuggets of wisdom (like how to grow your marriage while growing a church; how to handle conflict within the church, etc.) that makes this book more than worth the small financial investment.

Here's my cover review:

'Steve Stroope is the wisest and most effective pastor I know! This book is a treasure chest of godly wisdom for church leaders. Steve gives us an inside look at the actual tools and methods he's used to lead Lakepointe from a handful of people to a thriving and healthy multi-site church of thousands. Every pastor needs this book in their library. '
-- Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, author and founder[...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 25, 2012
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Every church, regardless of size, is a tribal church, and church leaders must know who those tribes are and how to relate to them, according to Steve Stroope and Kurt Bruner in this book. The book goes on to discuss many different types of tribes including family tribes, life group tribes, leadership tribes, elder tribes, generation tribes, campus tribes and the unreached tribe.

Woven amongst the discussion of tribes are glimpses of the remarkable story of the growth and ministries of Lake Pointe Church since its start in 1979. Lake Pointe has grown to be a very big church, but the book is not about aspiring to be big; it is about being faithful to your present opportunities to minister to the tribe or tribes that make up your church. Lake Pointe has multiple campuses, but all are reasonably close, with the purpose of encouraging those who were already coming to Lake Pointe to be salt and light in their local community.

The family tribe is an important focus of the book, both with regard to the church leader's own family and the families in the church. The family is regarded as God's primary vehicle for spiritual formation, and Lake Pointe provides a number of family resources and runs frequent church-wide campaigns encouraging families to take responsibility for their children's spiritual formation such as by praying together at least 5 times per week.

There is always something to be learned from looking at how another church approaches ministry. Lake Pointe has clearly been influenced by others such as Saddleback and Willow Creek, but it has its own distinctive culture and practices. Most large churches experience some difficulties in trying to give attenders the "small church" experience as well as the "big church", and it seems to me that there is much to learn from the tribal approach advocated by the authors.
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By Nick Colbert on April 16, 2014
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Great read, really brings out a new view on church groups. Really enjoyed the book. Awesome read for those interested in understanding church groups.
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Steve Stroope does a great job of outlining his methods of church development at Lakepointe. For a church of its size with a pastor of such influence among pastors, this is nothing to scoff at. The first two chapters of the book were powerful as it addressed the growth of the pastor before looking at the growth of the ministry. These two chapters are, to me, the treasure of the book. I've used it as an accountability standard for my life.

I also thought chapter 3, the focus on families within a church, is something that more churches need to emphasize in their ministry priorities. We all say we love families but how much do we invest in developing the families in our churches? Lakepointe has put their money where their proverbial mouth is.

The final big takeaway for me was the philosophy of having medium-sized groups as a step between attending church and attending a small group.

Other than that, I felt the book wasn't as applicable or made a strong enough case to sway me to consider the Lakepointe way as a better approach to do ministry. Nonetheless, you can't argue with success and God has used Lakepointe to do some powerful things and impacted too many lives to count. So, if you are looking for a model to consider, look at Tribal Church. If you're already pretty far along in ministry, you'll get something from this book but you'll probably not abandon your way of ministry to embrace this wholesale.
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