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The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical Ministry [Paperback]

By Robertson McQuilken (Author)
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A veteran pastor and university president urges ministries to center themselves entirely on five princples: the Bible, the Congregation, the Spirit, the Plan of Redemption, and the Lord Jesus.

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Bemused by the constant rising and falling of new methodologies when
he began a career in ministry over fifty years ago, university president
Robertson McQuilkin has ever since committed his work to a core group
of enduring ministry principles that he calls "the five smooth stones."

In summary, these principles are: the Bible (making it the functional
authority), the Congregation (aligning it with the biblical purposes), the
Spirit (releasing his energizing power), the Plan of Redemption (the mission
of every disciple), and the Lord Jesus (model of servant leadership).

While that outline may seem very obvious, one must ask why so many
churches and other ministries fail somewhere along the way. Could it be
a simple lack of commitment to relentlessly measure every effort by these
key standards?

McQuilkin has witnessed the success of his method through five decades
of dynamic service, from church planting to foreign missions to the
academic arena. The Five Smooth Stones is his invitation to join in the
deep reflection, honest evaluation, and courageous integration of each
principle here in order to bless every aspect of your ministry.

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Studio: B&H Books
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805445188  
ISBN13  9780805445183  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robertson McQuilkin is president emeritus of Columbia International
University in Columbia, South Carolina. His previous books include
"Understanding and Applying the Bible, Life in the Spirit, " and "A Promise
Kept." He is married and has six children.

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Essential Read  Feb 20, 2009
The Five Smooth Stones
Author: Robertson McQuilkin
Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2007
Number of pages: 208

The Five Smooth Stones is the product of Robertson McQuilkin's more than fifty years of ministry. Even in his early years, new ministry methods and methodologies came and went. That has not stopped. So what's right? Is there a method that will last? New voices in ministry say that methodology and theology must be kept separate in order for both to be strong and meaningful; if combined, methods are feeble and theology is marginalized. Does that mean the Bible doesn't speak to methods? McQuilkin says no. The Bible is a wonderful guide for ministry.

McQuilkin organizes the book around these Five Smooth Stones:

The Bible: making it the functional authority
The Congregation: aligning it with the biblical purposes
The Spirit: releasing his energizing power
The Plan of Redemption: the mission of every disciple.
The Lord Jesus: gauging servant leadership.
All five of the above areas need to be given equal attention or the church will be out of balance. The church will only be as strong as the weakest area. The weak area will be like a flat spot on a wheel; it slows down the rhythm and momentum of church growth and effectiveness.

McQuilkin draws from his fives decades of personal and ministry experience that has developed in him a deep well of wisdom.

The emphasis McQuilkin has is on fulfilling God's purposes on earth through His chosen vehicle, the church. An attempt to find McQuilkin biased toward one denomination or another within Protestantism is difficult. He sites examples of both praise and critique across a wide spectrum from Pentecostal to Baptist to Reformed. None are given preference one way or another. None are written off as bad or held up as the only way to do church.

McQuilkin includes helpful flow charts and tables to illustrate the concepts he discusses. This book will be on my shelf as a reference and recommended manual. Anyone in church leadership will benefit from this book. Anyone with a heart set on planting a church or looking for a way to bring an out of balance work back under the Lordship of Jesus Christ will profit greatly from The Five Smooth Stones.

Good Book  Feb 4, 2009
This book is an excellent tool that deals with leadership in the modern day church. This book gives an in-depth healthy look into five critical areas. Every pastor and or leader in the church needs to read this book for personal growth as well as a resource tool in the ministry.
Insight and practicality  Aug 13, 2008
The words of Dr Mcquilkin are always encouraging and challenging to the believer to keep the main thing the main thing. It's not about us. It's always about Christ.
A crucial book to help get the church back on course  Jul 22, 2008
Robertson McQuilkin has been a strong encouragement and consistent influence in my life personally. He is a true Christian statesman--a seasoned leader possessing insight, wisdom, and a global vision. Over the years I have appreciated his no-nonsense, back-to-basics, biblically-rooted approach to life. His recent book *Five Smooth Stones* does not disappoint. It summarizes five central themes that are not only vintage McQuilkin, but ones that are vital for the life, ministry, and mission of the church. His emphases on the centrality of Scripture, the biblically-focused local church, prayer and the Spirit's power, God's redemptive plan, and Jesus Christ's Lordship and His model for servant leadership remind us of how far adrift many churches and professing Christians are.
McQuilkin's book avoids faddishness and pat answers. It offers sage insights throughout, packed full of helpful anecdotes and illustrations from McQuilkin's own experience. Indeed, it is a storehouse of pastoral and missional wisdom, dealing with so many important issues--from hermeneutics, postmodernism, and prayer to spiritual gifts, church discipline, and stewardship. An important book for Christians to read and prayerfully apply! I wish the book a long and fruitful life!
Takes the reader back to spiritual basics  Jun 18, 2008
Anything written by Robertson McQuilkin is a must read for me. Here is a theorist/practitioner who excels in clarity and pungency. Controversial subjects are disected with great skill always using the Word of God as the scalpel of choice.

The Five Smooth Stones takes the reader back to spiritual basics. McQuilkin refuses to be swayed by contemporary fads. One feels the Evangelical faith is both credible and relevant as it is exegeted through the pen (computer) of one of America's finest Christian leaders.

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