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44 Ways to Expand the Financial Base of Your Church
Here is a treasury of 44 proven-effective stewardship ideas by the man Leadership magazine calls "America's foremost authority on the dynamics of church life." "When all is said and done," says Lyle E. Schaller, "there are only two good reasons why anyone should be asked to contribute money to the church. The first is to help promote the giver's spiritual growth... The second reason is even simpler. Christian discipleship is Christian stewardship. How could it be anything else? Ho... more info>>
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The Multiple Staff and the Larger Church
Larger churches are different -- in expectations, in performance, in staffing, and in use of lay volunteers. Their unique differences require special handling. And that's what this first-of-its-kind book is all about. Expert Lyle Schaller helps the leaders of larger churches understand the special characteristics of these churches, and helps members of multiple staffs see their role and the context of that role more clearly. Schaller fully describes the differences that mark the ... more info>>
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The Middle-sized Church: Problems amd Prescriptions
Middle-sized churches (100-200 worshipers) have always been unwieldy and difficult to grapple with. They are not close-knit families, like small churches. They are not staff-centered and as highly structured as large churches. The middle-sized church is usually too small for the leaders to agree the congregation needs a full-scale systematic new member enlistment effort, but too large for enough new members to come in on their own initiative to offset the inevitable attrition. ... more info>>
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The Local Church Looks to the Future
Lyle E. Schaller is a professional church planner and consultant. His experience has shown him that as most churches plan for the future they are not asking themselves the right questions and are not aware of the myriad possibilities and problems. With professional thoroughness, Mr. Schaller takes the reader in minute detail into the procedures and problems of church planning. Much of the book is developed around reconstructed discussions of which the author was a part. Throughout... more info>>
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Hey, That's our Church!
Five different strategies for increasing the size of the congregation are developed by Lyle E. Schaller -- with applications to small, middle-sized, and larger churches. Schaller also includes comments on the formulation of a workable denominational strategy for church growth. No church exists in complete isolations from all other churches, notes Schaller, "although thousands of congregations appear not to believe it." Effectively using an informative case-history approach to outl... more info>>
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Creative Church Administration
Enthusiasm, involvement, and know-how are the key words for creative church administration. Nationally known church planners and administrative consultants Lyle E. Schaller and Charles A. Tidwell offer the know-how to make your church, no matter what size or denomination, exciting, well-organized, and up-to-date! Creative Church Administration provides the accumulated experience of thousands of churches -- what they did wrong and what they did right -- to meet the growing need... more info>>
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NRSV Holy Bible, Old Testament: New Revised Standard Version
Abingdon Press is the first to offer the popular New Revised Standard Version of the Old Testament in the Palm eBook Reader format. Search and bookmark your favorite passages! Be prepared. This book weighs in at 2.6MB in size. You'll need to make sure that you've got plenty of room on your PDA before you try to sync up this one.
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A Prophetic Compass for the Emerging Church
Prophetic Compass encourages pastors to embrace the communication tactics of oral tradition, in narrative and music, in place of the literary tactics of institutional survival systems. Prophetic Compass assists pastors and worship leaders in understanding and speaking in metaphorical terms that have emotive power. Prophetic Compass explains how our current communication systems, in worship especially, are dead and ineffective. "I was very, very impressed... enthralled. The... more info>>
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Strategies for Change
Strategies for Change argues that church growth techniques and measurements are only symptomatic. Change is the larger issue in any institution. This book is the fruit of Lyle E. Schaller's popular week-long workshops on planned change. The author begins by focusing on the institutional context for change. Is your church a high-commitment covenant community or a voluntary association? Where are the sources of authority for making changes? What kinds of leaders can best make ch... more info>>
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The Soul of the Congregation
Thomas Edward Frank points out that the dominant paradigm of many contemporary books about church administration reflects an underlying "theology of progress," a distilling of the gospel into self-worth, a conflation of basilea with market growth. According to Frank, good fortune and blessing are confused; praise and good feeling are identified. This paradigm of success and progress, however, fails to account adequately for the vision of the believers' presence in the world as ec... more info>>
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Center City Churches: The New Urban Frontier
Since the 1950s, conventional wisdom has insisted that cities are not supportive environments for large, active missionary churches. In this fascinating new book, however, church growth expert Lyle Schaller debunks this myth. In fact, states Schaller, research shows that more than one-half of the largest Protestant congregations in the United States are to be found in the large central cities -- as are more than one-half of the forty fastest growing Protestant churches. Center Cit... more info>>
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44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance
Are you still suffering over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been more than exhaustive in expanding your congregation? Have you maximized your brainstorming potential for bringing in new members? If you have reached what appears to be your limit, then no longer fret, 44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance can open the doors of both your church and mind. With proven techniques for building a body for Christ, church leaders can increase their membership and then free themse... more info>>
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44 Ways to Revitalize the Women's Organization
In 44 Ways to Revitalize the Women's Organization, Schaller offers hundreds of practical insights and fresh ideas to promote growth and vitality in women's fellowhips of all kinds and sizes. He provides thought-provoking questions to ponder and examines many crucial elements of women's fellowhips -- such as organizational policies, group size and program mix. Schaller affirms the exceptional value of women's fellowhips and the vital contribution they can make to the church, to th... more info>>
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Activating the Passive Church: Diagnosis and Treatment
Has your church fallen into a predictable routine? Is it drifting without purpose or resolve? Put an end to that by using Lyle E. Schaller's potent prescription for passive churches. Written for both lay and ordained congregational leaders, this timely book diagnoses the causes of church passivity, and formulates a method for combatting the problem. Dr. Schaller classifies churches according to their internal dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demons... more info>>
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NRSV Holy Bible, New Testament and Psalms: New Revised Standard Version
Abingdon Press is the first to offer the popular New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament and Psalms in the Palm eBook Reader format. Search and bookmark your favorite passages! Be prepared. This book weighs in at 1.2MB in size. You'll need to make sure that you've got plenty of room on your PDA before you try to sync up this one.
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Sabrina the Schemer [An Anika Scott Book]
Being twelve isn't easy. But Anika Scott, who has joined her parents as a missionary in Kenya, uses her faith and trust in God and His words as guidance to help her through her adolescent problems. Join Anika in her exciting and often dangerous adventures where using God and her own ingenuity she makes discoveries about the truth in the world. Anika never dreamed that Sabrina would accuse her of stealing, especially from her friends. Now Anika must face the shame of being called a thief and find... more info>>
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The Impossible Lisa Barnes [An Anika Scott Book]
Being twelve isn't easy. But Anika Scott, who has joined her parents as a missionary in Kenya, uses her faith and trust in God and His words as guidance to help her through her adolescent problems. Join Anika in her exciting and often dangerous adventures where using God and her own ingenuity she makes discoveries about the truth in the world. When Lisa Barnes arrives at the missionary with her parents, Anika is amazed that she cannot love the exotic wilderness. Instead the girl is frightened of... more info>>
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Gautama Buddha: In Life and Legend
The legendary story of Gautama Buddha, told by Betty Kelen in this riveting book, captures the essence of both a man and a spirit. His teachings, characterized by a mystical eastern folklore and an inspirational wisdom, have never been matched by anyone else in history. They are marked by determination and a quest for the sacred, and led him to an enlightenment that shaped the foundation of many Eastern civilizations.
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Torah in Motion
Explore new ways of prayer and storytelling through TORAH IN MOTION. JoAnne Tucker and Susan Freeman, both experienced in dance and Judaic studies, tell the famous stories of the Torah through modern dance. In this book they explain how they use dance to interpret Torah, and creative ideas to consider when doing so. Dance Midrash offers a new and contemporary form of prayer and expression, uniting both young and old in dance and story.
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