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Better Together

Better Together

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How to Inspire and Equip the Members of Your Church to Love and Serve Their Community

Every pastor wants to impact their local community. 

But pastors make up a small subset of the entire church, and many find themselves stretched too thin — especially now.

More than four out of five pastors tell Barna they prefer lay initiatives to new church programs, but fewer than one in 10 pastors is confident that their church is good at developing new leaders.

If you’re looking for ways to inspire and equip the people in your church to share God’s love with your community, we’d be honored to help. 

Together with our partners at Lutheran Hour Ministries, we’ve set out to answer questions such as: 

  • What possibilities exist in the gifts of church members?
  • What motivates Christians to make a hopeful difference in their neighborhoods?
  • What’s the most fruitful way of connecting individual Christians with a heart for their neighbors to their community?
  • How do you build trust in communities where Christians and the Church don’t have a great reputation?
  • What’s the role of congregations and ministry leaders in this effort?

We’ve combined careful research with insights from ministry leaders and packaged them all in a report called:

Better Together: How Christians Can Be a Welcome Influence in Their Neighborhoods.

You can raise up leaders in your congregation who will make a positive difference in the community. 

It’s challenging work, but the results can be life changing — because in life and in ministry, we really are better together. 

Children's Ministry Volunteer Handbook: Equipping You to Serve

Children's Ministry Volunteer Handbook: Equipping You to Serve

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Equipping Children's Ministry Volunteers

Whether you are part of your church's children's ministry, or thinking about serving in children's ministry, the Children's Ministry Volunteer Handbook is for you!

Too often, people view children's ministry as a place to drop off the kids so the adults can listen to the sermon, uninterrupted. They fail to see the power and potential of children's ministry.

In Matthew 19:13-14, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." While we may see the naivete of children as a detriment, Jesus sees it as a strength--there is beauty in the simplicity of the gospel. Investing in children's ministry is a worthwhile and crucial part of the church.

This practical handbook features insights from six authors, all experts in the field of children's ministry, with over 100 years of combined experience. They will help guide you through the challenges and joys of children's ministry--and how it is vital to the Kingdom of God.

Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of the United Methodist Church

Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of the United Methodist Church

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Embracing the Wideness contrasts a generous orthodoxy with the culture wars that seek to drive a wedge between Christians with deep faith convictions. A generous orthodoxy is possible for The United Methodist Church because scripture supports both a confessing movement and a reconciling movement. In addition to our divergent understandings of holiness in The United Methodist Church, we apparently have two distinct conceptions of church. These two conceptions of church present in American Methodism grew from seeds planted in the earliest practice of British Methodism: A separatist church, which views holiness as a calling that separates us from the world--"come out from among them and be separated" (2 Corinthians 6:17). Here holiness is a quality that distinguishes Christians from the world. An activist church, which understands holiness as a movement for change in an unjust world. The boundaries between church and society are blurred, with the "wheat and tares" growing together (Matthew 13) until God's final judgment. At times, a denomination is able to hold these two conceptions of church in tension. And at times, as in recent experiences of American Christianity, there is fragmentation and division. The division may finally be the result of clearly articulated values that are not compatible. And the division may also be the result of how leaders do harm to each other. What great things could be accomplished if we rediscovered orthodoxy in service of the healing, instead of dividing, of our bodies--our churches! Such a generous orthodoxy would help us not to become immersed in the emotional processes that pit people against each other. Such a generous orthodoxy would keep us from becoming stuck in cycles of harmful collusion and escalating conflict. Such a generous orthodoxy would know that the source of our capacity to be healed of our schisms is a miracle beyond our human power or goodness or intelligence.
Madison Effect: An Inspiring Culture of Call

Madison Effect: An Inspiring Culture of Call

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Have you ever wondered how pastors first received God's call to become a minister? Would you be surprised to know that it is often in the local church culture that it becomes apparent that God wants them to be in ministry? In The Madison Effect: An Inspiring Culture of Call, Gary Robbins explores an inspirational culture of call within a small church in Madison, Kansas. From this one church, sixteen individuals have gone into ministry or mission work. Gary Robbins was inspired by the Madison church to write this book about what churches can do to recognize and nurture individuals into a life of service as pastors or lay volunteers. This book poses the necessary questions to allow The Madison Effect to grow within your church. Robbins discusses congregational accountability and issues that clergy can't address. Whether this book is used as a resource for adult education, church visioning or staff training, how to create a robust culture of call is an important dialogue for churches to prayerfully discuss.