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The Equipping Church Hardcover – September 30, 2001
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'Sue Mallory, perhaps the country's leading practitioner, shows that way forward from proclamation to demonstration to the church's next season. You will find here a remarkable balance of pragmatics and deeply rooted passion -- both the way to and the how to. An enormously useful book.' -- Bob Buford, , Author
'I'm delighted to give my unqualified endorsement of this book on equipping lay members for ministry in today's church. Lay leaders and pastors should read it and take it to heart. It will make a difference in your church.' -- Alan Loy McGinnis, , Author
'In the kingdom of God there are few gentle giants. Sue Mallory is one of them. At the core, and running through every effective gift-based ministry model, is the theme of stewardship. In this book you will find biblical foundations and life applications to be able to hear 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'' -- Bruce Bugbee, , President
'Sue Mallory knows more about lay ministries than anyone alive today. At long last she shares her vast wealth of hands-on knowledge.' -- Bill Easum, , President
'A pioneer in equipping ministries, Sue Mallory has made a profound impact on how congregations fulfill their ministries. 'The Equipping Church' is refreshingly visionary and as practical as one of her popular workshops.' -- Lovett H. Weems Jr., , President
From the Back Cover
Picture your church as a place where the priesthood of believers finds its expression in creative and powerful ways. Picture leaders and staff equipping and unleashing people to minister in ways consistent with how God designed them. Think of the effectiveness, vitality, and contentment that come when the body of Christ nurtures itself through the healthy give-and-take of each member.
In The Equipping Church, Sue Mallory describes the benefits, the structure, and the culture of an equipping church and shows how your congregation can become one. This book is about limitless possibilities. Think "vision." What might your church look like if its members became vital, fully empowered partners in ministry? How can you help them discover and release their full potential? How would their roles change--and yours?
AN EQUIPPING CHURCH IS A CHURCH WHERE: * pastors and leaders enable church members to share in ministry * peoples gifts, talents, and life callings are matched with areas of service * ministry opportunities are recognized and developed * the culture encourages the growth of a broad array of ministries *a well-designed system addresses needs of every kind, both individual and corporate *the pastor doesnt have to be all things to all people
Unpacking insights and principles uncovered by Leadership Training Network over the last several years, Mallory helps you customize an equipping system and culture in your church. Youll proceed from preparation (what you need to know), to foundations (what you need to change), to construction (what you need to do). In the process, Mallory takes you inside the story of her own church, Brentwood Presbyterian, to observe the different stages of their trial-and-error journey and how it has transformed their approach to "doing church." See how they dealt with various concerns that arose along the way, and meet men and women whose lives have been changed because Brentwood took the ministry road less traveled.
Each chapter includes a section of "Equipping Principles," questions for discussion and reflection, and a summary of different equipping churches from around the country. With the accompanying Equipping Church Guidebook, this book will be a mile marker in your church--and the gateway to a more effective and biblical approach to ministry.
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The approach taken by Mallory is very practical, with a lot of examples and encouragement, and clear explanation of bibilical principles behind the priest of believers. She also highlights several good examples in each chapter of churches that are doing a good job today at putting these principles into practice. In addition, there are appendices looking at core values of an equipping church, how to change the culture, how to build a system. A key point made is that addressing issues of culture or system alone are insufficient for change, but that when both are understood and developed, lasting and transformational change can occur.
For anyone in the position of helping develop volunteer ministries and leaders, as well as those who are passionate about making a big difference in your church despite being a volunteer, "The Equipping Church" is a must read!