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When God Builds a Church: 10 Principles for Growing a Dynamic Church [Hardcover]

By Bob Russell (Author) & Rusty Russell (With)
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¿ Can the church truly be the ¿city on a hill that cannot be hidden¿ that Jesus talked about in the Sermon on the Mount?
¿ Can it grow large enough to attract throngs of seekers and yet be loving enough to care for each individual that comes?

Bob Russell, pastor of Southeast Christian Church¿one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America¿says that it most certainly can. But it can only be done when we are submissive to God¿s will and allow Him to build that church. In the pages of this far-sighted, uncompromising book, Bob Russell and his son Rusty share the ten principles upon which this remarkable church was founded. Throughout the book, you will see God¿s mighty power at work in a church that began in 1962 with only 50 members and has now grown to over 14,000 and has become a bustling ¿city on a hill¿ whose beaming faith powerfully impacts its community and the world. This book shares not only the story of one of the most amazing churches in America but also the story of what your church can become as you follow these ten time-tested principles and allow God to build your church.

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Can the church truly be the "city on a hill that cannot be hidden" that Jesus talked about in the Sermon on the Mount? Can it grow large enough to attract throngs of seekers and yet be loving enough to care for each individual that comes?
Bob Russell, pastor of Southeast Christian Church -- one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America -- says that it most certainly can. But it can only be done when we are submissive to God's will and allow Him to build that church. In the pages of this far-sighted, uncompromising book, Bob Russell and his son Rusty share the ten principles upon which this remarkable church was founded. Throughout the book, you will see God's mighty power at work in a church that began in 1962 with only 50 members and has now grown to over 14,000 and has become a bustling "city on a hill" whose beaming faith powerfully impacts its community and the world. This book shares not only the story of one of the most amazing churches in America but also the story of what your church can become as you follow these ten time-tested principles and allow God to build your church.

Awards and Recognitions
When God Builds a Church: 10 Principles for Growing a Dynamic Church by Bob Russell & Rusty Russell has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2001 Nominee - Christian Ministry category


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Studio: Howard Books
Pages   292
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  158229125X  
ISBN13  9781582291253  


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More About Bob Russell & Rusty Russell


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! God has blessed Bob Russell with a life much different than one he could have ever imagined. As a young man growing up in northern Pennsylvania, Bob had intended on becoming a high school basketball coach in his hometown. During his senior year of high school, however, Bob realized a desire in his heart to enter the ministry. Soon thereafter, he enrolled in Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he graduated in 1965.

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Today that small congregation of 120 members has become one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend.

Bob and his wife Judy have been married for forty years. They have two married sons who live in Louisville and are active at Southeast, and six grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending their time.

An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books. He also has a weekly column in "The Lookout", a magazine printed by Standard Publishing. A highly respected speaker, Bob is heard weekly on the Living Word, a nationally syndicated radio program. In his leisure time he enjoys playing golf and is an avid University of Louisville basketball fan.

Bob Russell's gift of humor and insight, along with his unyielding commitment to honesty and integrity, will inspire the hearts of those who listen to consider Biblical truths as they relate to life in contemporary culture.

Bob Russell was born in 1943.

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Adult Bible Study  Nov 18, 2003
Our church purchased 40 copies of this book for an adult study group. We wanted to take a close look at the principles for growth as outlined by Mr. Russell and compare them to our local growth potential. We have been pleased with the discussions and results of that study. We have been encouraged by some of the things we have been doing and challanged to do better in some areas. We recommend using this book as a base to take a look at your local church and see how God might use you to reach others more effectively for His kingdom.
 
Good Principles for Consideration  Dec 21, 2002
In this interesting and highly readable book, the author identifies and discusses "ten principles for growing a dynamic church." They are:

1. Truth: Proclaim God's Word as Truth and Apply it to People's Lives
2. Worship: Worship God Every Week in Spirit and in Truth
3. Leadership: Develop Christ-Centered Leaders Who Lead by Example
4. Excellence: Do Your Best in Every Area of Service
5. Faith: Be Willing to Step Out with a Bold Faith and Take Risks
6. Harmony: Maintain a Spirit of Harmony
7. Participation: Expect the Congregation to Participate in Every Area of Ministry
8. Fellowship: Continually Practice Agape Love for One Another
9. Stewardship: Give Generously of God's Resources as a Church and as Individuals
10. Evangelism: Commit Enthusiastically to Evangelism as Your Primary Mission

The author devotes a separate chapter to each of these principles in which he describes its scriptural basis and discusses its implementation in real life settings. This discussion includes a wealth of very practical information and advice on how to apply the principles effectively, and how to avoid or overcome stumbling blocks and problems.

Although one may disagree with the precise way in which the principles have been applied in the author's own "mega-church," the principles themselves appear fundamentally sound and can profitably be adapted in other congregational settings.

 
Great book, must be read with all church growth books  Aug 20, 2002
This book reminds us that a church can grow with out compromising spiritual values. This book is not a management book. It provides 10 principles that have worked for South East Christian Church, and can be adapted and used by any one. In fact we are encouraged not to try to use a cookie cutter approach. If I were to recommend two books for church growth, they would be The Purpose Driven Church, and When God Builds a Church.
 
Good Even If You Don't Like Mega-Churches  Apr 14, 2002
This book, "When God Builds a Church," contains biblical principles and real-life examples for building a strong, evangelistic church. Although I am opposed to the mega-church model and much of the church growth movement for doctrinal reasons, I recommend this book because the general principles it advocates are sound and can be adapted for use in congregations anywhere, without necessarily embracing the big church idea. As a missionary in Brazil, South America I found this work to be encouraging, and hope to implement many of its ideas in a new church work here.
 
Awesome Church, Awesome book  Dec 17, 2000
Yes, I am a member of Southeast Christian....butI WANTED to read this book to have a better understanding of how my church got to be what it is today. I had a hard time putting this book down. I have shared it with people in other cities...and told them what an inspiring book this is. Bob is truly a man of God...his writing supports his sincerity and devotion to his ministry. This was enjoyable, and convicting...highly recommended to anyone interested in 'behind the scenes' of an awesome church.
 

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