The decline of the traditional church in the West has met with the emergence of new ways of being the people of God. One of these is the phenomenal growth of cell churches -- small groups of committed Christians meeting in homes and spawning new cells with enthusiasm. Whilst the cell church movement is still small in most Western countries, it is likely to become a major player in the church of the future. In countries like China, Singapore and Malaysia it is the most popular vehicle for their extraordinary explosion of Christianity. Church Without Walls: A Global Examination of Cell Church brings together a number of scholars and church leaders from across the world to examine and critique the natures, values and growth of the cell church movement.
"Is this not the fast that I have chosen.?" How often have you read this scripture from Isaiah 58:6? It doesn't stop at the giving of food or "bringing the homeless poor into the house." It's about YOU being a vessel of God's anointing - that anointing, which breaks every yoke and sets every captive free, being released through you. The real cry of Isaiah 58 is for everyone to be a bridge into the hearts of those in need. Church, are you ready to obey God's Mandate to get outside your four walls and be that body of love and power to a mass of humanity that is in desperate need of a shepherd ? to experience the Jesus of Nazareth who, some 2,000 years ago on the Judean Hillside, told His disciples, "FEED MY PEOPLE"? Don't just read this book ? study it! It opens up God's heart! John L. Dammarell, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Liberty Road Foundation, a public charity formed in August 2007 to serve the less fortunate by connecting businesses with non-profits, emphasizing the importance of mobilizing their finances and their employees to build communities of hope, helping to provide programs in the areas of social, economic and spiritual development. John served as Senior Pastor of Valley View Christian Church in Kent, Washington, 1976 to 1992, and was Community Relations Director for City Ministries, a food distribution ministry of The City Church in Kirkland, Washington, 1997 to 2007. At the writing of this book, over 115 churches of varying denominations received food through City Ministries, helping to feed over 25,000 people every week. John, a former Marine, holds a Bachelor of Theology from Northwest Christian College, Master of Divinity from Phillips University, and his Ph.D. in Practical Ministries from California Graduate School of Theology.
In Church Without Walls, prominent author Jim Petersen offers an exciting definition of the church that pushes beyond the too-small boundaries we've inherited from the past. This book explores why some church forms impede the gospel in today's postmodern world.
How to Know the Truth About Your Church and Pastor According to the Word of God.
Author: M. L. Petty
Pubpsher: Author House
For years I agonized over writing a book to address the many questions concerning Gods church today. The following are some of those questions and concerns: Are you being deceived from the pulpit? Does the church use offerings for Gods purpose? What is the pastors salary and compensation? Does your Pastor conform to or live like those in the world? Are detailed financial statements distributed to each member? Should you continue to give money to your church? Are you sure that your church is the place for you to worship God? After much prayer and study I felt the need to accept the challenge to address these questions in this book entitled, Gods Church, Gods Money, False Profits. It is with some trepidation that I approach these issues because, for some, the revelations may be uncomfortable to acknowledge or accept. And for others, they will find "truth" that will set them free (John 8:32).
Release on 2014-04-22 | by Gerardo Marti,Gladys Ganiel
Understanding Emerging Christianity
Author: Gerardo Marti,Gladys Ganiel
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is a creative, entrepreneurial religious movement that strives to achieve social legitimacy and spiritual vitality by actively disassociating from its roots in conservative, evangelical Christianity and "deconstructing" contemporary expressions of Christianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the Bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orienting Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings toward working among and serving others in the "real world." Drawing on ethnographic observation of emerging congregations, pub churches, neo-monastic communities, conferences, online networks, in-depth interviews, and congregational surveys in the US, UK, and Ireland, Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel provide a comprehensive social-scientific analysis of the development and significance of the ECM. Emerging Christians, they find, are shaping a distinct religious orientation that encourages individualism, deep relationships with others, new ideas about the nature of truth, doubt, and God, and innovations in preaching, worship, Eucharist, and leadership.
Learning to Be a Church In the World For the World
Author: Laurie Beshore
We see it all around us: Poverty. Unemployment. Crime. Hopelessness. Anger. Disenchantment. Injustice. We want to help. We want to do something. But what? Good intentions are good, but often our efforts at helping others can actually make things worse. And in many communities the church is viewed with suspicion, if not downright hostility. So how can churches effectively serve the needs of their communities in ways that communicate the love and grace of God? According to author Laurie Beshore, churches need to step up and take action, but it all begins by learning. You must get to know the people in your community and establish relationships built on mutual trust and respect. This ebook recounts the compelling twenty-five year story of how Mariner’s Church, a growing mega-church in Irvine, CA, began reaching out to their community and how they made more than their fair share of mistakes along the way. But these hard-earned lessons are now of immense value to a new generation of church leaders trying to serve their own communities that are skeptical, if not understandably suspicious, of the intentions of the 21st century church. Laced with ultra-practical teachings and transferable principles for churches and ministries of all sizes and styles, this is a book filled with potent lessons and powerful stories both heartbreaking and inspiring.