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The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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—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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be very insightful and biblically sound. Pastor Morris has a great sense of humor and is relatable. I highly recommend it.Published 22 days ago by HappyDay
Robert Morris is a very anointed preacher, man of God. Loved this book, it is a book everyone that loves God, and wants to do his will should read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen A. Ross
Great service, good timing and good product. Highly recommendPublished 3 months ago by JERRY W JACKSON
Many churches seem plagued with a "spirit of poverty" that saps the vitality out of every relationship, and action that the church endeavors to undertake. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren
Great book to show the working of the Holy Spirit in the growing of a church. Everyone should read this book as we are all part of the body of Christ and have place in and a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cherylee Kemmerer
I can not say enough about this book it is amazing! There are so many insights in this book and so much advice this book changed the way I look at ministry.Published 8 months ago by Hope
A must read for anyone studying to follow the steps ordered by godPublished 9 months ago by Joe stewart