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Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Praise for Lasting Impact
"'Growth' is a word that church leaders are constantly rallying around and trying to do more of. In Carey Nieuwhof's new book, Lasting Impact, growth is the theme throughout.
"Carey is someone that is constantly looking for ways to make things better and is gifted with the art of strategy. The research he talks about in his book forces us to look at the problems our churches are facing while simultaneously offering solutions so our churches can continue to grow.
"His practical wisdom will provide you and your leadership team with clarity to tackle the shifts that need to take place and the focus to see it through. The questions to ask yourself and your team at the end of every chapter are straightforward and thought provoking.
"I love Carey's heart and passion for the local church. He believes and understands that growth in churches isn't for the sake of popularity but for the sake of the Gospel. We know that Jesus is the greatest thing in the world and we'll do anything short of sin to see people come to know Him personally as their Savior.
"Throughout the book, Carey gives us permission to think big, reminds us to ask God boldly, and challenges us to believe that the best really is yet to come.
"I promise reading this book will get your heart excited about what Jesus is going to do in and through you and your church and get your mind ready to embrace the changes necessary for growth." Perry Noble, Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
"Carey has become one of the most prominent and needed voices in church leadership today. I think the reason we read and listen to him so much is he is balanced, wise, and incredibly practical. This is not just another book here is one you can read quickly, but immediately begin to implement and grow a stronger church. Thanks again, Carey! You're making a difference."Ron Edmondson, blogger and Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church
"I believe churches should grow because every number has a name. At the same time, church growth is personal for leaders, and that can be dangerous. When attendance is up, you feel good about yourself. When attendance is down, you think about going into another line of work. This is one of the many reasons I'm grateful Carey has written his book, Lasting Impact. It's practical advice for leaders who want to grow their church and remain emotionally healthy in the process."--Jeff Henderson, Lead Pastor, Gwinnett Church
"Carey is not only one of the most prolific thinkers of this generation, but one of the most practical. Lasting Impact is insightful and in a league of its own when it comes to applicability. This book gives you the tools you need to make changes now! Regardless of the size of your church or team you lead, if you're wanting to reach higher heights, this book is a must read."Joshua Gagnon, Lead Pastor, Next Level Church
"Carey Nieuwhof is a voice you should listen to. As a senior pastor, he's been in the trenches of ministry, and combines both wisdom and practical application to provide an effective resource for church leaders at any level. If you're looking to grow your church, this book is a must read and must have on your leadership shelf. The conversations contained in this book are essential and much needed."Brad Lomenick, former president of Catalyst and author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership
"There are people that talk about church growth and people who actually grow churches. Carey is the latter. Lasting Impact is a masterpiece of practical steps to reach your community for Jesus. Lasting Impact should be required reading for pastors."--Casey Graham, founder and CEO of The Rocket Company
"Very few people have the giftedness of my friend Carey Nieuwhof. He has the ability to understand the importance and development of clarity, culture, processes, growth all while communicating the purpose of the church. Lasting Impact has some of Carey's best leadership thoughts on these issues. He guides us on a journey where the health and effectiveness of our church becomes the destination." Caleb Kaltenbach, Lead Pastor, Discovery Church and author of Messy Grace
"For my money, no one speaks to the needs of today's pastor better than Carey Nieuwhof. A lot of people will give you opinions; Carey gives you practical solutions. Lasting Impact will not only answer the questions you're asking, it will answer the questions you should be asking." Lane Jones, Director of North Point Ministries Strategic Partner Group
"In Lasting Impact, Carey points out issues that are often addressed too late and guides us down a path of conversations that are usually ended too quickly. We can all use more honest conversations in our leadership and this book provides a great place to start."--Frank Bealer, Family Pastor at Elevation Church
About the Author
Carey Nieuwhof is the lead pastor of Connexus Church, a growing, multi-campus church north of Toronto and a strategic partner of North Point Community Church. Before starting Connexus, Carey served for twelve years in a mainline church, transitioning three small congregations into a single, rapidly growing church.
He speaks to North American and global church leaders about leadership, change, personal growth, and parenting.
Carey writes one of the most widely read Christian leadership blogs today and hosts The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, on which he interviews today's best Christian leaders. Carey is the author of Leading Change Without Losing It and co-author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. He and his wife, Toni, live near Barrie, Ontario, and have two sons.
Follow Carey on Twitter @CNieuwhof and on the web at CareyNieuwhof.com.
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For those who desire to understand and evolve with the rapidly changing landscape of "church" and "ministry, " this is a MUST READ. Carey not only talks about what is happening and why, but what to do about it and gives examples of it in action. He has application questions at the end of each section and in the audio answers the questions (bonus!).
I will say the material is so packed with insights and food for thought, we had to take a break every 2 chapters to let it soak in. It is the book that can be read and then used as a learning handbook and then referenced. Very helpful. Thank you, Carey, for all your insights!
Each chapter has the same basic format introducing the challenge, e.g. "How do we respond as people attend church less often?" followed by some observations on the topic and then a series of discussion questions at the end.
I have used several of the questions in our leadership meeting and we have had good conversations, although I have modified the discussion some due to our current setting and culture.
It's not a weakness of the book but a few things to consider, some of which may be obvious:
- if the church does not have a clear vision, this may not be the best book for you. I am new in this congregation and we don't have a clear vision. While these questions are helpful, many of the questions lead towards making changes but when you don't have a clear vision, then it's hard to filter those changes and decisions
- you need to have a culture that is conducive to having difficult conversations; the book presupposes that the church can handle difficult conversations; using this without thinking through how some questions could quickly lead to blaming and finger pointing and cause more problems
- it does require a certain amount of self-awareness which is lacking in some churches
Overall, an excellent resource for having good conversations which are the place where change and growth begins.
Carey's book is written in a way, that to me it FEELS like more of a conversation (which since that's in the subtitle...I suppose that means it's successful in its aim). There are times where there are natural pauses- which are great (and dangerous(see previous paragraph) (are you allowed to do parenthesis IN parenthesis) for me...to stop...reflect...consider. And then move on...either later...after a minute...or a day or a week. And to be able to hop around to conversations that are a little more appropriate or helpful in certain seasons is fantastic.
It's an 'easy' read- but not an easy answer book. It's the friend who pushes and prods you to be better. You want that friend in your life. Enjoy.
I won't go through all seven conversations but will give a taste of what is offered. For example, Conversation #1 is "Why Are We Not Growing Faster?" Carey gives "Ten Reasons Your Church Isn't Growing (or growing as quickly as you'd like)" then he moves on to "Structure Bigger to Grow Bigger." Each chapter ends with Discussion Questions that help your team "Talk About It" then "Get Practical" and conclude with "Make It Happen."
This book deals with both the theoretical and practical side of helping a congregation be healthy and see growth for the sake of Christ's Kingdom. For that reason I highly recommend it.