Item description for Community of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Planting and Growing a Church by Steve Sjogren & Rob Lewin...
Overview This is a refreshing new approach to planting and growing a church with credible, informative, inspirational, and supportive advice.
Publishers Description If you want to plant a church, you need to dream big. If you want your seedling church to survive - and ultimately bloom and blossom - you really need this book Written by church planters who have "been there, done that," Community of Kindness" is a practical, real-world guide to successful church planting-credible, informative, inspirational, supportive and, morst of all 100 percent problem-solving oriented. All of the book's lessons are short, pithy and to the point. So you can use them to preplan your goals-or refer to them every time the unexpected pops up (which is more often than not). Wherever your church-planting journey takes you, keep this book by your side-and have copies for each member of your team
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 6, 2003
Publisher Gospel Light Publishers #9
ISBN 0830729720 ISBN13 9780830729722
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More About Steve Sjogren & Rob Lewin
STEVE SJOGREN and his wife, Janie, have planted churches in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Oslo, Norway. Steve writes, speaks, mentors church planters, and in February 2008 launched a church plant in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of "Conspiracy of Kindness, Changing the World through Kindness," and "The Day I Died," and has written articles that have appeared in "Charisma, New Man, Discipleship Journal," and more. Steve and Janie have three grown children.
Steve Sjogren currently resides in the state of Ohio. Steve Sjogren was born in 1955.
Reviews - What do customers think about Community Of Kindness?
Church Planting at its Best Mar 23, 2006
You couldn't ask for a more practical and usable book on a very tough subject. There are opinions upon opinions about how to start a church, but this book cuts through all the trivial, philosophical stuff. This book is all about action and how to get things accomplished. The information in this book is so wonderfully insightful and practical, I'm sure that it can be used successfully by a leader in any denomination or affiliation. The authors are able to get right to the heart of what a church planting pastor needs to know. It's honest, it's relevant and it's easy to use. I have added years to my level of experience by assimilating the Community of Kindness points.
Almanac for a USER-FRIENDLY church Mar 16, 2006
Mr. Sjogren has again fired off an insightful, provocative, and fun epistle. This latest volume is perfect for those that are tilling the field for a new church plant or trying to prune and renew their fallow fields. This easy to use guide will help leaders make their churches more accessible to both the un-churched as well as the over-churched. Change agents like Sjogren have taken a great deal of flack lately from the small-minded and let me just say it is embarrassing to read what some supposedly godly folks have been writing. I am not sure I even want to understand where their bitterness has come from. It is amazing to me that Sjogren and others are criticized for being successful and expanding the kingdom! Even more ludicrous is this silly notion that being sensitive to seekers in our church community is some new trend and that is not biblically sound. They see this outward focus as a marketing gimmick rather than truly extending the heart of God to the lost. Nothing can be further from the truth.
If you really believe that having a seeker friendly church is not biblical, I invite you to examine Acts Chapter 15. It is the first example of a smart leader figuring out that having a community of kindness is not only a good idea it is at the crux of God's heart. In a nutshell, a few "traditional" preachers came from Judea to Antioch. They started sharpening some knives and called all the new gentile believers over to them and explained that while they loved having them in their church they needed to make a certain "adjustment" to use a euphemism. Not to be too graphic, but can you imagine how painful circumcision might be to a middle aged man? Would you want to go to the church of sharp instruments on private parts? Paul and Barnabas see the problem right away. They teach mercy, grace and kindness and the church spread in pandemic proportions. Steve Sjogren and Rob Lewin are modern day versions of Paul and Barnabas. Following their blueprint will help you, whether you are building a new church, or remodeling an old stagnant one.
An Unusual Book Written By Veteran Practitioners Who Are Practical! Feb 17, 2006
Rob Lewin and I put this book together based on both of our exhaustive planting and coaching experience over the past couple of decades plus in the church planting game. In my experience in reading church planting books, even the popular ones, only a few of the authors have actually planted a church themselves. Those who have planted (no names mentioned) have planted in almost all cases small to medium-sized churches. In both of our cases, we have gone through all the phases of church growth - of starting with literally no people, gathering from scratch, in my case in the hostile environment of Europe where the locals literally dislike Americans usually... and have grown churches all the way up to, in my case, a normal weekend attendance of averaging over 7,000 (in Cincinnati). Out of the church in Cincinnati we have spun out over 50 churches so far. I am about to move to Tampa to plant a new church with my wife Janie to plant yet another church (Coastland Church). Our plan is to plant at least 2 churches in the first 18 months, and ultimately as we are up and running on all 8 cylinders, to plant hundreds of churches. I am just beginning at the age of 50!
We see value in churches of all sizes. This book doesn't make the statement that the only good church is a giant church. Nor does it assume that you will build a giant church in your setting. (I am about to release a new book on how virtually ANY pastor can grow his or her church to the 300-500 size - it will be entitled The Pretty Good Church - release date later in 2006. Look for it on this site.)
SURPRISING INSIGHT: This book is more than a lot of ideas on Servant Evangelism as you might expect coming from me... there are lots of ideas that come from our reflection on how to best cope with the early years / phases of both planting a church OR starting a new venture - in ministry within your local church or elsewhere. I have heard from a numbrer of people who are starting out in the business world who have taken the ideas captured in this book who have applied our ideas and have learned much! I'm not surprised... I have been coaching business leaders for the past several years using my simple principles of servant leadership and outwardness. This not only works for the establishing of networks for launching churches but for the launching of companies. Go figure!
I have written book plugs for a couple of author friends of mine who have penned works on church planting - namely Ed Stetzer and Ralph Moore. Buy their books first, then buy this one to add to your library.
A Great Book for Discouraged Pastors May 9, 2004
Steve Sjogren and Rob Lewin's Community of Kindness is a tremendously helpful book. One must remember that kind acts are not necessarily a presentation of the Gospel itself, but they are things that can and do open the door for presenting the Gospel. This book is packed full of ideas and encouraging words that will help pastors. The authors' down-to-earth, practical advice about pastoring is humorous and helpful. Our church has begun to implement a number of the ideas contained in this book. People who have previously been inactive in our evangelism efforts are becoming extremely involved in servant evangelism. Some will disagree with particulars in the book, but overall it's a worthwhile book and well worth the investment. You'll be glad you read this book.