The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community

The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community

The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a place of loneliness rather than connection.Church can be so much better. So intimate and alive. The Connecting Church tells you how. The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ‘the body of Christ’ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Read this book and find out.

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Beyond science and religion? – Part 1

Is it possible to have an intelligent discussion about science and religion, or is such a debate doomed to be taken over by extremists on both sides and descend into name-calling by those who think the ultimate argument is four-letter words? Has scientific materialism restricted scientific progress as fundamentalism has restricted spiritual progress? Is there value in having a dialogue between open-minded people in the fields of science and spirituality?
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Beyond Belief: Carolyn Porco On Science & Religion, Part 1

At the Beyond Belief conference, astronomer Carolyn Porco describes the spirituality inherent in the scientific view of the Universe. To see what a science-based religion might look like in real life, take a look at yoism.org Go to http to see the rest of this three part series (you can also download this video there). And see www.yoism.org to understand what we mean by “saint” in Yoism and why we refer to Dr. Porco as “Saint Carolyn.”

Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales

Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales

Simple Strategies for Getting the Word Out

Do you ever wonder why people today aren’t getting your message? Maybe you can relate to how they feel–bombarded, skeptical, stressed, overloaded–looking for something amidst the pressure of life that will make a real difference. Your mission is as compelling as ever! But hitting people with more promotions, flyers and brochures isn’t helping them find the good news.

What if you could break through the clutter and find the direct route to their hearts and minds? It’s easier than you think.

With proven “now” communication strategies–practical solutions and principles that build trust instead of walls–you can make every aspect of a person’s engagement with your church simple and more rewarding. Packed with short illustrations and real-life stories, this book is written for leaders in today’s attention-deficit world, making it easy to grab, read and use anytime.

When you help clear the path, you help people take their next step toward Christ.

You’ll find that less clutter, less noise speaks louder than anything.

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Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional

Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional

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Feel caught between the traditional church and the emerging church? Discover a third way: deep church.

C. S. Lewis used the phrase “deep church” to describe the body of believers committed to mere Christianity. Unfortunately church in our postmodern era has been marked by a certain shallowness. Emerging authors, fed up with contemporary pragmatism, have offered alternative visions for twenty-first-century Christianity. Traditionalist churches have reacted negatively, at times defensively.

Jim Belcher knows what it’s like to be part of both of these worlds. In the 1990s he was among the pioneers of what was then called Gen X ministry, hanging out with creative innovators like Rob Bell, Mark Oestreicher and Mark Driscoll. But he also has maintained ties to traditionalist circles, planting a church in the Presbyterian Church of America.

In Deep Church, Belcher brings the best insights of all sides to forge a third way between emerging and traditional. In a fair and evenhanded way, Belcher explores the proposals of such emerging church leaders as Tony Jones, Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt. He offers measured appreciation and affirmation as well as balanced critique. Moving beyond reaction, Belcher provides constructive models from his own church planting experience and paints a picture of what this alternate, deep church looks like–a missional church committed to both tradition and culture, valuing innovation in worship, arts and community but also creeds and confessions.

If you’ve felt stuck between two extremes, you can find a home here. Plumb the depths of Christianity in a way that neither rejects our postmodern context nor capitulates to it. Instead of veering to the left or the right, go between the extremes–and go deep.

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Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales

Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales

Simple Strategies for Getting the Word Out

Do you ever wonder why people today aren’t getting your message? Maybe you can relate to how they feel–bombarded, skeptical, stressed, overloaded–looking for something amidst the pressure of life that will make a real difference. Your mission is as compelling as ever! But hitting people with more promotions, flyers and brochures isn’t helping them find the good news.

What if you could break through the clutter and find the direct route to their hearts and minds? It’s easier than you think.

With proven “now” communication strategies–practical solutions and principles that build trust instead of walls–you can make every aspect of a person’s engagement with your church simple and more rewarding. Packed with short illustrations and real-life stories, this book is written for leaders in today’s attention-deficit world, making it easy to grab, read and use anytime.

When you help clear the path, you help people take their next step toward Christ.

You’ll find that less clutter, less noise speaks louder than anything.

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