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What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church [Kindle Edition]

Gary L. McIntosh , Charles Arn
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast!

What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and "sacred" laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader's library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They'll get the answers they're looking for all in one place.


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The answers you need to plan, run, or grow your church

Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with tough questions. What size staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance?

What Every Pastor Should Know offers 101 valuable rules and time-tested wisdom to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help you need, just when you need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in your library.


"This book is fantastic! There is no doubt that it will be on my shelf as a reference for years to come."--Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

"An incredible reference guide . . . the practical information in these pages is essential knowledge for those of us who want to lead growing, effective churches."--Nelson Searcy, lead pastor, The Journey Church; founder, www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com

"Every pastor should read this book."--Elmer Towns, cofounder, Liberty University

"Well researched, comprehensive, specific, and practical."--Eddie Gibbs, professor emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary

"A wealth of insights for pastors on the day-to-day issues of leading an effective church."--Ed Stetzer, author, Subversive Kingdom

About the Author

Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California.

Charles Arn (EdD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and president of Church Growth, Inc., where he is responsible for research, design, and development of instructional materials. He has thirty-four years of experience in leading training events for churches and denominations throughout North America and the world. He is known as a leading voice in the church growth movement. He lives in Glendora, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1328 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801014352
  • Publisher: Baker Books (April 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHY0XLK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips for Pastoral Ministry May 15, 2013
Format:Paperback
It is common knowledge that pastoral ministry is among the toughest place to work. At the same time, it can be extremely enriching and satisfying when one sees lives change for God. It is not about making money. It is about touching lives. It is not about material success, but spiritual growth. It is not about self-accomplishment, but about humble service. Like all organizations, the pastoral ministry is also about leadership, with the pastor as a crucial member of the leadership structure. While some churches are more hierarchical than the rest, and others are less, the importance of the pastor cannot be overstated. The Scriptures remind us that if we are blind, we may very well be part of the blind-leading-the-blind movement. Here is where this book shines. Containing 101 and "indispensable rules of thumb" for Church leaders, it covers 15 major aspects of Church. There are rules for:

- Evangelism and Outreach
- Visitors and how to welcome them
- Worship
- Connecting with newcomers
- Small groups
- Christian Education
- Care
- Volunteer Matters
- Programs and Planning
- Staff and Leadership
- Facilities and Maintenance
- Finances
- Change
- Revitalization
- Demographical awareness and Strategies

Designed for the busy pastor and church leader, the chapters are brief and to the point. Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn, both experienced in the pastoral ministry have come together to merge their expertise, knowledge, and in-depth personal encounters on all things church, to give us a book that contains the best tips for pastoral work. They have combed many seminars and consultations, researched and even written on such matters in the past, and condensed many of the best ideas into this one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read Over and Over Again September 13, 2013
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I find myself reading and rereading these little gems of instruction and motivation. Some of them won't work in my setting but many of them will and it's like having an encouraging friend there to poke, prod, and support you with wisdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Resource June 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
Are you a pastor? Would you like a book that gives answers and practical ideas for almost every area of church leadership?

Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn cover so many bases in this book it was difficult for me not to skip over many sections. (In fact, I did skip some parts)

How should you advertise your church and ministries? Covered
How to get ideas that resonate with your congregation? Covered
Best ways to make guests feel welcomed? Covered
How to handle staff? Covered

There is so much more to this. This is a one-stop Q&A for anyone in leadership.

If nothing else, this book will give you a jolt in the ideas department. The ideas are practical and easy. Some authors write hundreds of pages in what these two can do in a few paragraphs.

Excellent resource.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Baker Books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent help on many Pastoral issues May 28, 2013
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This book addresses many issues which Pastors face and gives many helpful guidelines for dealing with each one. I found it most helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent May 19, 2013
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interesting and right on the money, definitely written by "someone on the inside" who knows what it's really like to be a pastor. honest, genuine, great ideas for "doing it better" without putting you down for the dumb mistakes you've made in the past
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Need To Know! June 4, 2014
By Lester
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Love this book and the details are outstanding. Great perspective of the role of Pastoring and leadership in the church
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most have! May 3, 2014
By Wallace
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Great book that I would highly recommend. The book provides very useful and insightful information for ministry practices, growth and formation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 23, 2014
By cdw
Format:Paperback
I am an M.Div student taking an elective in Newcomer Integration. This is one of the books I elected to read from the course's reading list. I am so glad that I choose it! Not only is it well-written, but there are so many helpful tips that can be implemented in almost every church setting. I would definitely recommend this book to others in ministry. If there was one book I could give as a gift to another pastor or leader, this would be it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every servant in the church.
You must read this and then work out how to initiate these changes into your church....
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend to everyone who feels stuck and want to break ...
Wow! lots of info. I would recommend to everyone who feels stuck and want to break out of the rut.
Published 2 months ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This book was very informative. No matter what size church you are in you will find practical help in this book.
Published 2 months ago by Trent A. Shivley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference
This a reference tool, a book to refer back to with specific questions. It is statistically and biblically based and exceptionally helpful in creating points of reference and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars It was the right book
My Pastor asked me to get this book for our current study of the operation of the church. It fits right in to my needs.
Published 9 months ago by allen rauser
5.0 out of 5 stars a simple message.
A simple message to all pastors that won't solve all the problems in the church but will definitely help you move in a new direction.
Published 9 months ago by Orlando Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate Book.
This book is appropriate for Pastors and Education Ministers that gives general rules for small group sizes, growing a church, challenges that halt the growth of the church, and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to read and take motrs
Very insightful
Lots if good ideas
A must read for every church leader
Not for novices , a how to Manuel for the reader .
Published 12 months ago by jacqueline chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Book: What Every Pastor Should Know
It would be good for all pastors to have or obtain this book during training and then keep and use it as a reference time and again.
Published 12 months ago by E. A. Crandall
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