Book Review: Living Together by Jeff VanGoethem

As the American culture continues to become more and more secular in its views, growing numbers of couples are accepting and practicing the worldly wisdom of living together before marriage (34). Pastors of the local church are faced with the difficult challenge of balancing the clear standards of the Word of God with pressure from couples, and often from within their church, to “gloss over” the couple’s cohabitation and move

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Book Review: Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

The Main Idea: Simple Church presents and defends the premise that churches should establish a simple process for maturing believers and model every aspect of their ministries after that process. The Good: A solid book that gives good insight and practical ideas for streamlining a church to have the greatest effect on lives for Christ. The Bad: Research-based books are always dangerous in that they can take bits and pieces

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Book Review: Shift, by Brian Haynes

The Main Idea: The ministries of the church must partner with and equip families for discipleship within the family. Here are clearly defined and simple principles and processes, called Legacy Milestones, that Bryan Haynes implemented in his home and church to accomplish that goal. The Good: This book is concise, clear, thorough, and practical in laying out a strategy for the church to equip and encourage parents for family ministry.

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Book Review: An Unstoppable Force, by Erwin McManus

McManus, Erwin Raphael. An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had In Mind. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2001. Erwin McManus is the Lead Pastor of Mosaic, a growing and innovating church in Los Angeles. When he came as Pastor to the church, it was known as “The Church on Brady” and, while it had been growing for a time, it had plateaued and begun to decline (6). In

Book Review: Breakout Churches, by Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer’s Breakout Churches is the result of an extended research study into churches that have experienced significant and extended evangelistic growth after a period of plateau or decline. After surveying, contacting, gathering information, and comparing, Rainer examined 50,000 churches for the book (13-14). His selection process required that churches retain the same pastor through both the decline and the growth, that they have had at least 26 conversions annually

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Book Review: Think Orange, by Reggie Joiner

The Main Idea: In Think Orange, Joiner makes the case for churches and families to join together to lead their children spiritually, then continues in the text to give various methodologies and strategies for forming an “Orange” merger of the church with the family for a more powerful ministry to kids (10-11). The Good: This book headlines the current drive in churches to prioritize encouraging and equipping families for ministry.