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Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) Paperback – October 2, 2008
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From the Back Cover
In Sticky Church, author and pastor Larry Osborne makes the case that closing the back door of your church is even more important than opening the front door wider. He offers a time-tested strategy for doing so: sermon-based small groups that dig deeper into the weekend message and tightly velcro members to the ministry. It's a strategy that enabled Osborne's congregation to grow from a handful of people to one of the larger churches in the nation--without any marketing or special programming.
Sticky Church tells the inspiring story of North Coast Church's phenomenal growth and offers practical tips for launching your own sermon-based small group ministry. Topics include:
Why stickiness is so important
Why most of our discipleship models don't work very well
Why small groups always make a church more honest and transparent
What makes groups grow deeper and sticker over time
Sticky Church is an ideal book for church leaders who want to start or retool their small group ministry--and velcro their congregation to the Bible and each other
About the Author
Larry Osborne is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church in northern San Diego County. North Coast is widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Osborne speaks extensively on the subjects of leadership and spiritual formation. His books include Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, and Spirituality for the Rest of Us. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oceanside, California.
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This book was also an easy read. It's more about the experiences of the author and his church has gone through. So don't expect Scriptural studies on how Jesus ran his ministry. Aside from that, I think it is a good read and helps church leaders to evaluate small groups.
Larry Osborne pastors North Coast Church in Vista, California and has grown the church from 128 people in the early 80s to now over 7000 people.
He writes that while there are some churches that are very good at getting people to come through the front door, many of them are ineffective at helping people stick around long enough to develop fully devoted followers of Christ. Sticky Church focuses on the importance of closing the back door through an effective small group ministry. I think he's onto something.
A lot of what we're already doing was affirmed in this book, but there were so many ideas that I received from this book that I'm excited about putting them into practice this Fall. At The Connection Church, our purpose for Connection Groups has always been to help people connect with each other in authentic relationships. That will not change. But Osborne's ideas have given me some tools to facilitate this happening on a larger scale.
Sticky Church offers time-tested principles for recruiting and training leaders as well as practical programming ideas for churches to take their groups to the next level. If you're a small group leader in your church, let me encourage you to get your hands on this book. Good stuff!