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10 Great Ideas from Church History: A Decision-Maker's Guide to Shaping Your Church [Paperback]

By Mark R. Shaw (Author)
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Tired of church growth fads? Church leaders from the past 500 years can give you all the vision you need! You'll be inspired with key strategies from the lives and writings of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and more. Here are practical, powerful, time-tested, biblical ideas that will grow your church!

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Tired of following the latest church-growth fad? In many churches, building vision means embracing the ideas of the latest guru and jumping from one program to another. Ministry decisions are made according to the crisis of the moment or the pressures of the bottom line. Long-term planning can seem like an impossible dream. This book offers something different. Here are ideas that have stood the test of time--ideas from the most significant Christian leaders of the last five hundred years. Your church can implement key strategies from the lives and writings of the reformers: Gain a vision for truth. Renew your quest for holiness. See how delighting in God will inspire your worship. Bring renewal with a biblical model of revival. Build leaders with a time-tested plan for discipleship. Energize your vision for missions. Grow together with key principles of Christian community. And who makes up the panel of expert consultants who will guide your vision for lasting change? None other than Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, William Carey, John Wesley, Richard Baxter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and more. Each of the ten great ideas found in this book provides a biblically based and historically rooted vision for your church over the long haul. Do you want to revitalize the work of your church? Here are ten of the best ways in history to make it happen.

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   237
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 27, 1997
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  083081681X  
ISBN13  9780830816811  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Shaw is the director of the world Christianity program and professor of historical studies at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. He has studied world Christianity at the University of Edinburgh (M.Th.) and the history of Christianity at Westminster Theological Seminary (Th.D.). Mark is the author of a number of books, includingGlobal Awakening and The Kingdom of God in Africa: A Short History of African Christianity.. He and his wife Lois currently reside in Kenya where they have lived and worked for over twenty-five years.

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Solid Foundation, Inspiring Vision  Jun 13, 2009
When considering various books and other resources for our vision casting as a local church leadership team, I came across this interesting title. As I looked into it further, I discovered that our team (and me, personally) had been looking at the "Vision" paradigm for local church ministry from the context of the last ten years or so. The books, articles, speakers, conferences of the last ten years are very, VERY similar, but often very, VERY shallow and man-centered (although Bible verses abound to show at least some attempt to include God). The key aspect that caused me to purchase this title was that these were people who had lived out what we are endeavoring to do, from a biblical base/foundation, and without the "bells and whistles" of our contemporary evangelical world. The "Ideas" of the book are key principles from the lives and learning of some of the greatest Christian leaders of history. With vibrant faith and often bull-dogged determination, these leaders displayed the power of God in personal and inspiring manner. This book cuts through the fluff and reminds us that building the church is God's work, and He chooses to reach the world through people who are fully surrendered to His Spirit's control and guidance. I invite local church leaders (pastors, Elders, Vision-casting teams, etc.) to consider this resource when they are seeking to follow God's Vision for the local church.

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