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The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues [Paperback]

By Dennis Bickers (Author)
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Like Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, a healthy church balances the well-being of its individual members with that of the entire church. If a church is afflicted with unhealthy issues, such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, or unbalanced leadership, then its health is threatened and it may eventually die. But an unhealthy church can get well and experience vital physical and spiritual growth. In The Healthy Church, Dennis Bickers diagnoses those things that can threaten the life of your church and prescribes practical remedies for treatment. He emphasizes that maintaining a healthy church means preventing problems from developing by first recognizing their symptoms and then acting accordingly. Become a healthy church that: *Has a positive self-image *Shares a common vision that creates a sense of purpose and unity *Maintains community while still warmly welcoming new visitors *Practices the importance of faithful stewardship and financial support *Understands ministry to be the responsibility of all the members of the church *Encourages everyone to serve according to his or her spiritual gifts-not by seniority or guilt.

Publishers Description
Small churches can be found in every denomination and among every ethnic group but often these churches struggle to survive in the shadow of the larger churches around them. And many of these churches are afflicted with unhealthy issues such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, and unbalanced leadership. It is because of these aliments that many churches fail to survive.But it is possible for an unhealthy church to become a healthy church capable of experiencing growth--both physically and spiritually. In his new book, The Healthy Small Church, small church pastor Dennis Bickers diagnoses the issues that threaten the life of the smaller church and prescribes practical remedies for treating these issues. He reminds churches that transformation and healing are never easy but always worth it. He emphasizes that to maintain a healthy church one must be aware of the symptoms and act accordingly to prevent new problems from arising.The Healthy Small Church offers pastors and church leaders a great diagnostic tool for small churches that want to be healthy and stay that way. It includes a number of diagnostic questions at the end of the book that they can use to determine the health of their church.Become a healthy church that: Has a positive self-imageShares a common vision that creates a sense of purpose and unityMaintains community while still warmly welcoming new visitorsPractices the importance of faithful stewardship and financial supportUnderstands ministry to be the responsibility of all the members of the churchEncourages everyone to serve according to his or her spiritual gifts--not by seniority or guilt

Community Description
Our world is made up of small churches. Approximately two-thirds of all churches in America average 100 people or less on Sunday morning. Small churches can be found in every denomination and among every ethnic group but often these churches struggle to survive in the shadow of the larger churches around them. And many of these churches are afflicted with unhealthy issues such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, and unbalanced leadership. It is because of these ailments that many churches fail to survive.

But it is possible for an unhealthy church to become a healthy church capable of experiencing growth--both physically and spiritually. In his new book, The Healthy Small Church small church pastor Dennis Bickers diagnoses the issues that threaten the life of the small church and prescribes practical remedies. He reminds churches that transformation and healing are never easy but always worth it. He emphasizes that to maintain a healthy church one must be aware of the symptoms and act accordingly. The Healthy Small Church offers pastors and church leaders a great diagnostic tool that offers a number of diagnostic questions that you can use to determine the health of your church.
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Item Specifications...


Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2006
Publisher   BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN  0834122405  
ISBN13  9780834122406  


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More About Dennis Bickers


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dennis Bickers spent twenty years as a bivocational pastor of a small church. He has written several books on bivocational ministry, received training in coaching techniques, and wrote his doctoral thesis on the benefits of coaching bivocational ministers. Each year he is invited by numerous denominations in the US and Canada to lead workshops for their bivocational and small church leaders.

Dennis Bickers currently resides in Madison.

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A great little book  Feb 19, 2007
This is a solidly-written little book with good insight into the issues confronting a small congregation. The author has obviously been there, and worked through these issues with wisdom and good humor.
 

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