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A Second Resurrection: Leading Your Congregation to New Life [Paperback]

By Bill Easum (Author)
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For many congregational and denominational leaders, the goal for churches experiencing declining worship attendance is to turn those congregations around. The "turnaround church" is one that has stagnated or is in decline. The old trends are reversed, new members are added, and everyone rejoices in this story of a congregation restored to health and vitality. But what if the metaphors of decline, stagnation, and loss of health just aren't getting to the problem? What if the situation is much worse than what those ways of describing it imply? What if the congregation is spiritually dead? The only solution is resurrection. Churches that have lost their sense of mission, that exist only to provide fellowship for the "members of the club," that expect their leaders to focus solely on ministering to the members' personal spiritual needs; these churches have died to the purpose of the New Testament church, to make disciples of Jesus Christ. They cannot be turned around; they must come to life again. The key to that resurrection is leaders who are not afraid to diagnose the problem for what it really is, and who realize that resurrection is what being a Christian is about. The goal of this book is to guide the leaders of these churches through the painful, yet ultimately life-giving work of leading a church to new life in the Spirit. If you want to find new life for your church, read on . . .

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For many congregational and denominational leaders, the goal for churches experiencing declining worship attendance is to turn those congregations around. The turnaround church is one that has stagnated or is in decline. The old trends are reversed, new members are added, and everyone rejoices in this story of a congregation restored to health and vitality.But what if the metaphors of decline, stagnation, and loss of health just aren t getting to the problem? What if the situation is much worse than what those ways of describing it imply? What if the congregation is spiritually dead?The only solution is resurrection. Churches that have lost their sense of mission, that exist only to provide fellowship for the members of the club, that expect their leaders to focus solely on ministering to the members personal spiritual needs; these churches have died to the purpose of the New Testament church, to make disciples of Jesus Christ. They cannot be turned around; they must come to life again. The key to that resurrection is leaders who are not afraid to diagnose the problem for what it really is, and who realize that resurrection is what being a Christian is about. The goal of this book is to guide the leaders of these churches through the painful, yet ultimately life-giving work of leading a church to new life in the Spirit.If you want to find new life for your church, read on . . ."

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   126
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687646537  
ISBN13  9780687646531  


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More About Bill Easum


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bill Easum has served for the past 25 years as a consultant to congregations and denominations through his firm, 21st Century Strategies, Inc. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books and has personally worked to grow more than 700 congregations.
Bill Tenny-Brittian is a partner in 21st Century Strategies, Inc., and is the managing editor and publisher of Net Results, North America's most experienced church growth and evangelism magazine. He is the author or coauthor of seven books.

Bill Easum has published or released items in the following series...
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to paraphrase a song "let's get biblical"  Dec 2, 2007
The book was a very easy read but very challenging. By Easum's definition of a dead church, many or our churches, maybe even my church, is already dead. Easum is a bit radical in his recommendations, but then Jesus had that problem too.

I am glad I read it. I am encouraging our church leaders to read it. Let's deal with real issues instead of what the church kitchen should look like.
 
Great book  Oct 5, 2007
What a wonderful book for pastors and churches looking to hear God's call. Bill Easum says in this book what so many of us have wanted to say, "it's really all about Jesus." Easum gives great insight, wonderful helps, and ingredible inspiration. I'm having my staff and council read it.
 
Read it at your own risk  Aug 26, 2007
Few other people, if any, have the ability to cut to the chase and lay the truth on the line for churches better than Bill Easum. The diagnosis he makes of the core problem facing most churches in the Western culture generally and U.S. Churches in particular is right on the mark. Churches that are dead can't be transformed. They need resurrection.

Easum does not hold back any punches in saying how difficult it is for a congregation in decline to turn things around. Most pastors who attempt it will fail. It's not just difficult. It's impossible without deep spiritual life in Jesus Christ.

As Easum himself says, this book isn't for everyone. It's not intended to be. Don't expect to find the next wave of six easy steps to church growth. It's to let you know what you are in for if you believe God is calling you to lead a church to a place of resurrection, and how to discover the hope and courage to go for it.

If God has laid it on your heart that there's something desperately wrong in churches more concerned about themselves and their facilities than people living without Jesus in the world, and you can't stand by without at least trying to do something about it, don't wait another minute. Stop what you're doing NOW and get this book...and put its strong advice into action.
 
Second Resurrection  Aug 13, 2007
I just finished reading Second Resurrection and I found it very helpful. I believe every pastor who is interested in congregational turnaround will find it very helpful and encouraging.

Reading the book helped me re-affirm my call from Jesus to pastor churches in turnaround and it has given me the strength and courage to initiate the next push needed in congregational turnaround in the church that I pastor.

Reading Second Resurrection reminded me of the challenges that pastors are up against when they work toward congregational turnaround. It also helped me identify what I need to continue to do in order to be ready to do to faithfully follow Jesus' call to be a faithful and healthy disciple and pastor.

Easum divided the book into eleven chapters plus an epilogue. The chapters and epilogue are titled:

1. When It's Not a Matter of Sickness
2. Are We Spiritually Dead?
3. How Churches Die Spiritually
4. Turnaround Is an Eternal Issue
5. Leaders: It's Time to Die to Yourself
6. A Life Worth Watching
7. Resurrection Begins with You
8. Rolling Away the Stone
9. Life beyond the Tomb
10. Pastor, Are YOU Ready for Resurrection?
Epilogue: The Meaning of Faithfulness

In each chapter, Easum shares from his experience as a successful pastor and church consultant. Easum also included the real life experiences of women and men currently working in congregations to transform them from declining and dying congregations to vital and healthy congregations. I particularly found the spiritual health questionnaire in chapter 2 very helpful in discerning my own perception of the heath of the congregation I pastor.

Easum writes, "This book is not meant to be read by or with just anyone. It is meant to be read by a pastor and group of laypeople who long for
their church to turn around from its decline. Because of its frankness I suggest that a pastor read it first, then gather a group from the church ...who long for the turnaround, and read and discuss the book with them. Then begin the long journey of turnaround of the church.

Reading this book has helped me find the courage, energy, and strength to take the next step in transforming the congregation I serve as pastor. This has been the hardest stage in the turn around process thus far. Nevertheless, I've never felt more confident that I am following Jesus' call than I do right now. I believe that anyone who reads this book will have a similar experience.


 

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