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How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training by [Cheshire, Michael]
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"This book made me fall in love even more with the idea of casting off all that I think I know and crawling to the feet of Jesus for help on behalf of a world that desperately needs to know Him." - Brandon Cox, Lead Pastor Grace Hills Church and Editor for Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastor's Toolbox

"Cheshire's advice is refreshing. He does not preach (much), nor does he prescribe (at all). The energy of their lives is reflected in the book and the results of a vibrant, growing church. It's the sort of certification every church leader should have." - Ray Hollenbach, ChurchLeaders.com

"This book is a no-nonsense look at what it takes to plant a church. I found myself laughing out loud constantly! If you're a church leader looking for some insight on how to get things done, I'd pick up this book today." - Mark Cox, Student Pastor at Indian Springs Baptist Church

About the Author

Michael Cheshire is the senior pastor of The Journey Church in Conifer, Colorado. He is both a gifted speaker and author. He lives in Colorado with his wife of seventeen years and their three children. To learn more about Michael or The Journey, visit them online at JourneyFoothills.com.

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  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cheshire Publishing (April 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RQVA0O
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First, if you're looking for advice on how to rob a convenience store, this probably isn't for you. But, if you are looking for a good laugh that actually makes you think, all while seeking to grow your church (or, as the foreword suggests, your business), this may be more your speed.

So why three stars? Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but some of the language in the book didn't sit well with me, particularly the use of a quote that used the name of God in vain. I'm willing to forgive, and I'll not cry and return the book. Like I said, it's a decent read.

As a matter of fact, I know I'm old-fashioned. While this book had some interesting ideas, and really did have me laughing a few times, it seems to be about where the church today is. It's fun, it's relevant, and it's... fluffy. If you are fine with the current state of the church, this book will probably suit you fine. While I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it on the same level as a fiction book. Fun, light, and entertaining.
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I liked this little book, and I hated it. It made me grin, smirk and cringe. I was seriously so conflicted that I didn't want to write a review. As a pastor, I would never choose some of the strategies in this book. I had some rough moments of wanting to judge the whole thing as worldly and be done with it. But here's the thing, it's honest. The heart is there for God and his kingdom and broken people. So I read to the end. Michael reminds me of Peter, full of passion. Sometimes he gets it right and sometimes he sticks his foot in his mouth. That's ok. It's ministry and it's life. I wouldn't use this as a manual for church planting, but I would recommend that those who read it look for the heart of Jesus. It's in there.
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I love Michael's perspective on just about everything! I simply couldn't put it down. On several occasions I burst aloud into laughter!! (blinker fluid.... awesome!) I also found my self moved with emotion as my heart was challenged by what I was reading.

Michael does an amazing job of communicating the purpose of the church, all the while his passion leaping off the pages right into your heart! I believe every pastor desires his people to be the church and not just go to church. This book gives innovative ideas of how to practically be the church in real and authentic ways - I LOVE IT!

This book will be a must read for my church staff. It reminds us that ministry is so much more than teaching, preaching and counseling. You can also have a spectacular time in the process!!
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I initially purchased this book due to the title. Hey for 10 bucks it was intriguing.... but once I got the book I carried it in my purse for a week, pulling it out at every sit down opportunity of my busy life. I ended up laughing out loud in public to the point I would almost wet my pants and want to share it with everyone around.

Michael Cheshire is motivating, captivating, inspirational, honest, a risk taker. There are no boundaries that are untouchable in order to have an opportunity to reach people.

After I read the book I put in an order for 5 more to spread around to some of the leaders in my church. It is opening up their minds to additional out of the box thinking.

Pick up this book you will not regret it. Pass it along to another. A quick and entertaining read that you will carry and continue a wave of motivational missional thinking for you and your group!
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When I first read the description fr this book, I thought it just might be the kind of book I would want to steer clear of. I tend to avoid the more controversial titles as I usually find them to be and utter disappointment and waste of time. Instead, what I found upon reading this book, was that it was very well written, funny and ultimately the exact opposite of the boring text I had prepared myself for. This book is written in a way that is both inspiring and comical. I laughed frequently, but could also see the deeper meaning in this book. After reading this, I went to bed, contemplating the things this author had spoken of in his work. I like it when a book makes you evaluate things in your life. I would most definitely recommend this book to any spiritual leader or anyone looking for a good read. I wish that more people in organized religion took the time to care about what their followers think and how best to reach them on a purely human level.
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Mike is one of the most passionate man that I have ever meet. This book will challenge your church activities/ outreach vision. This is the type of church that un church people will most likely visit, stay, grow and serve. Please relax on criticizing some of the details which I m sure will step on toes, but hope you visit and see it for yourself.If you take anything from this book simply ask what are the needs in the community, and put some resources into it.

Great job for the Cheshires and the rest of the crew.
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I read "How to Knock over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training" much because I was amused with the book title. What I found was Michael Cheshire sharing his stories and experience with starting an outreach focused church. Many of the ideas are "outside the box" type thinking, and he is upfront with sharing that not all ideas worked out as planned. With chapter titles like "Flying Monkeys Suck" and "Why Do Men Have Nipples?", you will get the idea that Michael isn't your typical conservative Christian pastor. However, his heart for Christian outreach is very clear, and I believe this book helps share some ways to simply help our neighbor and be a more Christ-like church. There are examples of strategies and programs that failed when it comes to building relationships, but these are also stories that many churches should probably take note of (especially churches only interested in attendance numbers or budgets). However, there are also many stories about ways to avoid some of those failures, and also possible ideas for avoiding problem areas when working with various personality types.

Again, not all the ideas will work for everyone, and certainly some are more adventurous than others. But, I found Michael's book not only was an entertaining read, but also got me thinking about new ways I could simply reach out to help my own community and neighborhood. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will want to debate theological issues with some of the stories here, but my opinion is that would miss much of the point here.
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