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The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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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

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; 1st edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307729737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307729736
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.
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A must read once awhile to sharpen one's call, motives and commitment to the purpose of our calling. A very inspirational, encouraging and powerful tool in these ministry-challenging times. God bless you, Robert.
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As always, Pastor Robert Morris delivers a simple and profound word on establishing a work that Christ would be proud of and operates at maximum effectiveness for the glory of God. Learn the timeless truths that have helped make Gateway a powerful influence in the nations.
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Morris does a good job of recounting how his church grew- but his theology comes across as miles wide yet inches deep. He makes some universal assumptions based on isolated, anecdotal experiences which, unfortunately, leads to isogeting instead of exogeting the Biblical passages he all-to-briefly works with.

In simple English, he tends to proof text in order to turn his experience into norms for others.

I give it two stars because reading it is a good case study on the pitfalls of narcissistically assuming what happened to us is what is supposed to happen to everyone.

If you want to learn about what blessed or non-blessed churches look like, open Revelation and read the seven letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Had Morris done so, this book might have been helpful.
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I believe every Pastors, Bishops, (and their wives), want-to-be's...should read this book; for church growth, better relationships in every sense, etc, etc.! I would re-read this book when the Lord would say, it's time for "my ministry" to be realized.
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