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If you’ve never been to an Exponential Conference, you’re missing out! Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. And this community and conference has a special place in my heart.
It was one year ago last week that I received the call in the Detroit airport on my way to Exponential ’12 to take over a struggling church plant. One year later I am pleased to share that God has done a mighty wonder in stabilizing, renovating, and growing this small plant! So it is with special pleasure that I can announce a super-amazing deal for a solid set of church planting and ministry resources.
Most of these same resources have informed and encouraged my year-long effort at prayerfully, carefully tilling the soil of this dying church in order to nurture it back to new life. While some of them are geared for church planters, anyone who is neck-deep in re-launching, re-imagining, or renovating an existing church will benefit from their insights and encouragement.
At the Exponential ’13 post-conference sale page you’ll find resources to inform your ministry method; shape your ministry focus; give you vision for effective, city-wide transformational ministry; and care for your soul along the way. There really is something for everyone at every stage of ministry development.
The Exponential conference this year was centered around the new book Discipleshift, by Jim Putnam and Bobby Harrington. (I introduced it yesterday in my Monday column.) Speakers ranging from Francis Chan to Ed Stetzer, Wayne Cordeiro to Dave Ferguson, and Larry Osborne to Hugh Halter all spoke on gearing up for growing more disciples. If you missed the conference you don’t have to miss the resources that will help you do just that: equip you to grow more disciples in your community. But don’t wait too long to grab these resources, because this super-amazing deal will end next week Monday, May 6!
Did you make it to the conference this year? If so, what’s that one insight you learned that has stuck with you?
We just finished the promotional video for one of my favorite books releasing this spring. I wanted to be sure you all saw it right away. The book is entitled: DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples. Two veterans of discipleship ministry, Jim Putman and Bobby Harrington, have teamed up to write a concise, practical volume for church leaders. This book suggests five “shifts” that ministries should make in order to ensure that their programs are truly making disciples and not just more church attendees. Putman and Harrington have also sought the help of another leader to write this book, Robert E. Coleman. Coleman has been writing on evangelism and discipleship for years, most notably in The Master Plan of Evangelism.
Your ministry might not need to make all five of these shifts. Perhaps you are excelling at making disciples in a couple areas of your church. Or perhaps your church is striking out when you could be hitting home runs. You’ll have to check out this book to find out.
DiscipleShift releases this April. It will be the key discussion at the Exponential Conference as well. I hope you’ll give it a shot and let us know what you think. Sample pages will be online soon. When they’re ready I’ll post them to this site.
Blessings on your ministry!
Merry Christmas! There’s a big eBook sale going on from now through January 7th. All of the ministry and leadership ebooks listed below are on sale. There are also fiction, kids, and Christian living titles on sale too. You can see the whole list of titles here.
This eBook sale is good across all eBook formats – Nook, Kindle, iPad – everything. So if you’re looking for some good reading to do over Christmas break, or if you’re anticipating having a new eBook reader after Christmas, don’t forget about this sale.
Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley was $12.99, now $5.99
Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker was $8.99, now $3.99
It’s Personal by Brian & Amy Bloye was $6.99, now $3.99
Adventures in Churchland by Dan Kimball was $6.99, now $3.99
Humilitas by John Dickson was $10.99, now $3.99
King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight was $10.99, now $3.99
Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood was $6.99, now $3.99
Sifted by Wayne Cordeiro, Francis Chan & Larry Osborne was $8.99, now $3.99
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“It is completely false that churches must sacrifice quality to get quantity, must artificially choose between evangelism or discipleship, or cannot have depth and growth at the same time. Few prove this fact better than the ministry of Andy Stanley who has grown North Point Church on purpose and with passion. No Christian leader can afford to miss this book.”
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church
“The most common question I get from pastors is, ‘How do I get the people in my church to be open to change?’ From now on my answer will be, ‘Read Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley’. Thanks Andy. Great book!”
- Craig Groeschel, Pastor, LifeChurch.TV
With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split.
Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend. Andy writes, “Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with every intention of returning the following week…with a friend!”
Later he says, “I want people to fall in love with the Author of Scripture. And while we can’t make anyone fall in love, we can certainly arrange a date.”
For the first time, Andy explains his strategy for preaching and programming to “dual audiences”: mature believers and cynical unbelievers. He argues that preaching to dual audiences doesn’t require communicators to “dumb down” the content. According to Stanley, it’s all in the approach.
You’ll be introduced to North Point’s spiritual formation model: The Five Faith Catalysts. Leaders responsible for ministry programing and production will no doubt love Andy’s discussion of the three essential ingredients for creating irresistible environments. For pastors willing to tackle the challenge of transitioning a local congregation, Andy includes a section entitled: Becoming Deep and Wide.
If your team is more concerned with who you are reaching than who you are keeping, Deep and Wide will be more than a book you read; it will be a resource you come back to over and over!
“Couldn’t be prouder of my son, Andy. And I couldn’t be more excited about the content of this book. I wish a resource like this existed when I was starting out in ministry.”
- Dr. Charles Stanley, Founder, In Touch Ministries
“Deep and Wide pulls back the curtain for all of us to see what is required behind the scenes to build a prevailing church. I was both challenged and inspired by this book.”
- Bill Hybels, author of Just Walk Across the Room
“No one has given me more practical handles for establishing a focused vision than Andy Stanley. Deep and Wide is a rich resource to help all of us stay intentional about the main thing – building a church that reaches people who are far from God.”
- Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church