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Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation) [Paperback]

By Larry Osborne (Author)
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Item description for Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation) by Larry Osborne...

The greatest challenge facing most churches today isn?t getting people through the front door?it?s keeping them from leaving through the back door. In his new book, Larry Osborne reveals what it takes to cultivate a ?sticky? church and reveals the strategy of sermon-based small groups to retain members while leading your church into even deeper levels of discipleship.

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In Sticky Church, author and pastor Larry Osborne makes the case that closing the back door of your church is even more important than opening the front door wider. He offers a time-tested strategy for doing so: sermon-based small groups that dig deeper into the weekend message and tightly velcro members to the ministry. It s a strategy that enabled Osborne s congregation to grow from a handful of people to one of the larger churches in the nation---without any marketing or special programming. Sticky Church tells the inspiring story of North Coast Church s phenomenal growth and offers practical tips for launching your own sermon-based small group ministry. Topics include: Why stickiness is so important Why most of our discipleship models don t work very well Why small groups always make a church more honest and transparent What makes groups grow deeper and sticker over time Sticky Church is an ideal book for church leaders who want to start or retool their small group ministry---and velcro their congregation to the Bible and each other"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  Leadership Network Innovation  
ISBN  0310285089  
ISBN13  9780310285083  
UPC  025986285081  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Larry Osborne is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California, a fellowship of more than seven thousand people that features multiple campuses and offers more than twenty worship services each weekend. Recognized as one of America s most innovative pastors, Larry s previous book with Multnomah is titled Spirituality for the Rest of Us: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Knowing God. He holds two advanced degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary and lives with his wife, Nancy, in Oceanside."

Larry Osborne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Exponential
  2. Leadership Network Innovation

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Outstanding book  Jan 29, 2010
Great book for helping church leaders integrate new people into the congregation. Suggests simplifying your outreach strategy by aligning sermons and small groups. This approach was developed in Osborne's church (North Coast Church in San Diego) during a time when they grew from 150 to 7000. Very readable & practical. Our entire leadership team is reading and discussing.
Great for re-thinking Small Groups.  Jan 25, 2010
This book has been an invaluable resource for me and our small group leadership team as we take time to re-think how we do small groups. The questions for each chapter will help us to make the necessary changes to move forward and to connect more people to vital relationships only found in small groups.
Keeping your congregation  Dec 5, 2009
"If the back door of a church is left wide open, it doesn't matter how many people are coaxed to come in the front door," according to this book. Healthy churches are "sticky", because they concentrate on growing people up to maturity, not just on attracting "spiritual window shoppers". The book goes on to describe North Coast Church's sermon-based small groups model.

Small groups provide the best forum for Christians to learn to stick to other Christians and to the Bible. When the subject of each week's small group meeting is the preceding Sunday's sermon, the level of attention paid to the sermon increases, and many people even start taking notes. Those who happen to miss the week's sermon are more likely to listen to it online in preparation for the weekly small group meeting. Newcomers find it easier to fit into small groups, because they can study up on the sermon before they come.

According to Osborne, the ideal group size is 8 to 12 singles or 6 to 7 couples. People need to be in a group with people they are compatible with, so purely neighbourhood-based groups do not work well. Because people have limited time, small groups need to be the main priority; other activities can be held during a season of the year when there are no small groups. There is enough new information in this book to make it recommended reading for all church leaders.
Well thought out ideas, practical applications for a healthy church.  Nov 30, 2009
Larry Osborn brings many well thought out ideas for building a healthy church. He challenges some of the widely circulated, yet highly impractical (and often unsuccessful) teachings on church growth - with concepts that, not only are Biblical, but simply make sense.
Great approach to discipleship  Nov 18, 2009
Loved it! Some favorite quotes:
"serve our people so well that they'll want to bring their friends, without needing to be asked to do so"

"The sticky church paradigm is not primarily about church growth. It's about church health. It's not about hoarding people or refusing to release them to ministry and mission. It's simply about keeping them connected to the church long enough to fulfill the second half of the Great Commission: 'Teaching them to obey all things I have commanded you.'"

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