Item description for Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation) by Larry Osborne...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Leadership Network Innovation
ISBN 0310285089 ISBN13 9780310285083 UPC 025986285081
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More About Larry Osborne
Larry Osborne is a husband, father, pastor, author and leadership consultant. He has a passion for helping Christian leaders in both the secular and church world succeed and bring glory to God. Since 1980, he has served as one of the senior pastors at North Coast Church in Vista, CA. During that time, North Coast has grown from a fledging group of 128 meeting in a rented high school cafeteria to a multi-site church ministering to over 11,000 in weekend attendance. Larry has a passion for leadership, spiritual formation and discipleship. As a nationally recognized trainer of leaders and pastors, and church planters, he travels extensively, speaking at conferences and mentoring events. His books include: Thriving In Babylon, Mission Creep, Accidental Pharisees, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, Spirituality for The Rest of Us, Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, Innovation's Dirty Little Secret, and The Unity Factor. Larry holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctorate degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oceanside, CA. They have three married children and an increasing number of grandchildren.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sticky Church?
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.'"