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What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church Paperback – April 15, 2013
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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
"This is one of the most practical and useful books I have ever read from two of Christianity's long-standing giants. I dog-eared so many pages I soon realized it would have been simpler to dog-ear the less important ones. Keep this book on your desk and refer to it before taking any ministry step. It's that good!"--Clay Jones, Outreach Magazine
About the Author
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.
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- Evangelism and Outreach
- Visitors and how to welcome them
- Connecting with newcomers
- Small groups
- Christian Education
- Volunteer Matters
- Programs and Planning
- Staff and Leadership
- Facilities and Maintenance
- 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.Read more ›
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.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Baker Books.
Though the subtitle of this book indicates that the rules are about "leading" a church, it really should have read "growing" a church. This is not a criticism, merely a clarification. The rules offered here are very much a product of the church growth movement. Thus, the underlying assumption that leading church is really about growth. This does not mean that other topics are completely neglected; you will find rules covering the topics of prayer, taking care of staff, guiding volunteers, and so on. It simply means that within each subject there is a definite slant towards the question of what will make your church larger.
With that clarification in place, let me share a few thoughts on this book. It is a reference book filled with rules of thumb. That means that they are not intended to be strictly accurate or applicable in all situations. Any reader of this book needs to take what is offered, not more. It is not a complete book on being a pastor. Many important questions are not addressed here at all. There is very little theology, other than one rule about spending 15 hours or more preparing a sermon there is little about preaching, etc. In general, the personal and spiritual side of thing is left out. Still, for what it is, it is good.Read more ›
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I'm only about 100 pages into this book and I think it should be mandatory reading in all seminary training locations of all Christian faiths. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patrick E. Siebert
Nuts and Bolts. If you're a nuts and bolts type leader, then get this book. You can quickly scan to various chapters for a quick view. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert W. Morse II