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Overview You will never find the full meaning of your church or the pathway to a healthy, successful church in methods, conferences, or overhead transparencies. You will only find the full understanding of your church's life and mission in the heart of God and His will for you. Success doesn't come from copying someone else's ideas or methods, but from knowing the biblical model of a church and understanding how to conform your church--regardless of size, location, resources, history, or any other variable--to that biblical pattern. This book will give you everything you need to achieve your church's full potential--and relief from the smorgasbord approach that does more harm than good by distracting you from the unique focus, nature, and mission of the church God has saved for you alone.
Publishers Description The Kingdom-Focused Church will give you everything you need to achieve your church's full potential--and relief from the smorgasbord approach that distracts you from the unique focus, nature, and mission of the church God has saved for you. You'll discover that success doesn't come from copying someone else's ideas or methods, but from knowing the biblical model of a church and understanding how to conform your church--regardless of size, location, resources, history, or any other variable--to that biblical pattern. Your answer is in knowing the biblical model of a church and understanding where you are, which direction you need to head, and how to fix things as they break down along the way. In Mims' warm, engaging style, he encourages you to discover for yourself why a Kingdom focus will work when all else fails.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
ISBN 0805420800 ISBN13 9780805420807
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More About Gene Mims
Dr. Gene Mims is the former publisher at Broadman & Holmand, as well as a former vice president with Lifeway. He is the author of several other books and is the senior pastor at Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gene Mims currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Gene Mims was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Kingdom Focused Church: A Compelling Image of an Achievable Future for Your Church?
Outstanding book Dec 28, 2004
I personally loved the book. I had just recently preached a message about "The Kingdom of God" and decided to explore a little more in other writings about the topic. I did not have a problem with the fact that Mims spent much of the book exploring what the Kingdom of God means, like one of the other reviewers complained about. It is a highly neglected teaching in the Church today. Mims says in his book that Jesus is quoted in the gospels as using the words Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven around 90 times and yet He is only quoted as using the word Church twice. I appreciated his explanation of the neglected term. My understanding of what Mims believes is that the Kingdom of God means the will of God being done on earth, through our lives and through our Church. I really believe his ideas of a Kingdom Church are very biblical and very needed today. I totally agree with Mims thoughts that Churches today are trying to grow their Churches through means that are not biblical and not God-directed. He complains about the quantity of conferences about How to Build Your Churches that are nothing but someone else's success method that we try to adapt to our Church. I would recommend this book to every Pastor who cares about being a Biblical Church, and building a Church God's way instead of by man's methods. I also recommend it to every Church leader in the Church.
Im looking forward to reading his other book about the 5 Churches not in the book of Revelation.
Good Review but Little New Apr 23, 2004
With The Kingdom Focused Church Dr. Gene Mims has written a book he hopes will help bring ministers back to an appropriate focus, which he identifies specifically as a kingdom focus. Mims states that while most ministers he knows are creative, well-informed and solid people, try as the might, they simply cannot find the right combinations of programs that will ensure their local churches are thriving, fulfilling the Great Commission and building the lives of believers in these churches.
The answer, Mims believes, is shifting the church's focus from programs that emphasize procedures and mechanics more than they do results. The kingdom focused church, Mims says, will take biblical principles and put them together for effective ministry (p. 117) thereby energizing congregations that have been crippled because they have been sidetracked by too many, and inappropriate, goals. The kingdom focused church will develop myopic vision concentrating primarily on the three biblical tasks of making disciples, maturing believers and multiplying ministries.
Mims concludes The Kingdom Focused Church by presenting the reader with five models or churches he believes have developed a kingdom focus. These models of kingdom focused churches are, Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, CA; Willow Creek in suburban Chicago, IL; Southeastern Christian Church in Louisville, KY; First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, FL; and Fellowship Church in Irving TX. Though the specifics of each church are dramatically different, Mims says all five have developed and maintained a kingdom focus and that focus is what is responsible for their dramatic numerical growth and size.
One of the weaknesses of Mims book is recognized and stated by the author himself. "I hasten to say that . . . my comments are not based on scientific models." He then hastens to add a "but" to this admission: ". . . they are solid as qualitative models often are." (pp. 23-24). If the reader is looking for a book that has quantifiable, verifiable data he should look elsewhere as Mims simply does not seek to validate his claims with objective evidence.
Another weakness in the book is that it takes the author seventy pages to get into the meat of his premise. Since the book contains only 182 pages, this is a significant percentage of the book. The first seventy pages of the book are spent discussing what is meant by the title The Kingdom Focused Church. Mims devotes three chapters to the four words, "The," "Kingdom Focused," "Church," and what he means by each of those four words. If he had left nothing else out of the first seventy pages, he could have left out his discussion of the word "The" in the title and lost little or nothing regarding his premise.
The author himself identifies the third weakness of the book, also. "It is not likely that I have said much in this book that is new to you" (p. 179). This is an accurate statement. If the reader is seeking some new or unfamiliar information The Kingdom Focused Church will, most likely, not contain it.
A final weakness in the book is that all the models Mims holds forth as being kingdom-focused churches are mega-churches. The mega-church phenomenon makes up an incredibly small percentage of churches in the United States. The inference Mims makes by using these as his models is that (1) if your church becomes kingdom focused it can become a mega-church too, and, (2) if your church isn't a mega-church it must be that your church isn't kingdom focused. This is simplistic and does not take into account something as simple as changes in the environment that can have a dramatic impact on church growth and membership. For example, the city running a new parkway five miles away from your building as opposed to a half block away. In spite of the weaknesses the book has several strengths. Though the first seventy pages could have been left out, or at least significantly reduced, without damaging the premise of the book, these pages are, nonetheless, motivational. The first chapter, In Search of the Perfect Church, is worth reading and rereading, especially during those inevitable down times when a minister feels despondent due to condition of his congregation and begins thinking it might be time to move on. This chapter would be beneficial reading for any member of any church, minister or layperson. Mims encourages the reader to truly come to grips with the harsh reality that there is no perfect church and that changing churches will not solve the problem of the imperfect church.
The section in the book that was most informative and helpful to this reviewer was chapters 11, 12, and 13. This seems to really be the nuts and bolts of the book. His discussion of open groups, closed groups, and to a lesser degree ministry teams gives the reader some good strategical insights for taking a person from being a new member and developing them into developing an involved member.
The final chapter reverts back to the style of the first seventy pages. While it contains no new information it is motivational nonetheless. It encourages the minister, among other things, to "be the leader you are" (not some other leader), and to "never fear methods."
While the book contains little new or innovative material it's not bad if the reader will approach The Kingdom Focused Church as a brief review of information the reader has come across in other places and is already familiar with