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The Church You've Always Wanted

Hardback|Jun 2002
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While programs can attract people to church, it's only real relationships that keep people there and help them grow. This profound book will redefine your whole concept of church as 'safe pasture' for building hearts and lives.


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While programs can attract people to church, it's only real relationships that keep people there and help them grow. This profound book will redefine your whole concept of church as 'safe pasture' for building hearts and lives.

Safe pasture.;It sounds so inviting--and it is, for ordinary Christians and church leaders alike. If you're a pastor, safe pasture is what your sheep long for more than anything. And if you're a Christian whose church involvements and experiences have left you feeling curiously empty, you know how gladly you'd trade it all for a place where the grass really is greener ... where relationships with fellow believers are deep and restorative ... where worship flows not from techniques, but from hearts communing with God ... where the gospel's promises aren't carrots on a stick, but experienced realities ... where Jesus, the Great Shepherd, shows up in transformative ways that the corporation-CEO approach to church just can't produce.;Sound too good to hope for? Glenn Wagner has wonderful news* Safe pasture isn't just your desire--it's God's. It is, and has always been, his vision for the church. Somewhere in our obsession with the big and impressive, with results-driven infrastructures and top-to-bottom ministries, we seem to have lost sight of this. But God wants to help us reclaim the kind of church where sheep aren't merely produced, but thrive in every way.;The Church You've Always Wanted doesn't tell you how to do church more effectively--you've already been there and done that. Rather, this profound book will reorient your whole concept of church* the things that really matter and the things that really build hearts and lives.;In part one, you'll go in search of safe pasture and examine what church really is.;In part two, you'll take a long look at what happens in safe pasture, where people exhausted by the religious fast lane find rest, where grace and growth replace sin-management, and where God's presence energizes true, rich Christian community.;In part three, you'll gain insights for the central, burning question* How can we create safe pasture?;Filled with true-life illustrations and ringing with passion, this book is destined to become a spiritual polestar for pastors, leaders, and everyone with a heart for God's church. Cutting through conventional wisdom and traditional assumptions, it points the way home to the church all of us so deeply desire.
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Clear vision and encouragement for those who long to experience significant, growing relationships within the church
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This insightful guide shows both laypeople and church leaders the difference between a program-driven church and a relationship-building community. It paints a broad picture of the overall vision that can be customized for any type of congregation.
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This book is for those longing for safe pasture, a place where relationships are deep and restorative, where worship flows from hearts communing with God, where the gospel's promises are experienced realities, where the Great Shepherd shows up in transformative ways, where his sheep are reenergized, refreshed, and eager to serve.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 176670
  • Product Code 0310239362
  • EAN 9780310239369
  • UPC 025986239367
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jun 2002
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 24mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

E Glenn Wagner

E. Glenn Wagner (DMin, Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry) is the former pastor of Calvary Church (www.calvarychurch.com) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as vice president for Promise Keepers. His books include Escape from Church, Inc., Your Pastor's Heart, Strategies for a Successful Marriage, Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper, The Awesome Power of Shared Beliefs, and The Heart of a Godly Man. SPANISH BIO: E. Glenn Wagner (DMin, Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry) es el pastor anterior de Calvary Church en Charlotte, North Carolina. Ha servido como vicepresidente do

Steve Halliday

Steve Halliday ýSteve Halliday is a freelance writer, editor, and speaker whose first book, No Night Too Dark: How God Turns Defeat into Glorious Triumph, was released in 1993. He holds a master of divinity degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Hillsboro, Oregon. ýWilliam G. Travis ýWilliam G. Travis is professor of church history at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from New York University and a master's degree


  • Acknowledgments 9 Introduction: Time To Dismount? . 11 Part One: In Search Of Safe Pasture ... 19 1. What Is Church? . 21 2. Being Before Doing ... 45 3. Chicken Soup ... For The Flesh? ... 61 Part Two:what Happens In Safe Pasture? ... 77 4. Lambs At Rest ... 79 5. That My Heart May Sing 91 6. A Buffer Of Love And Grace . . 105 7. Invisible No Longer ... 117 8. More Than Sin Management . 127 9. The Purpose Of It All . . 141 10. A Powerfully Attractive Force . 152 Part Three:how Can We Create Safe Pasture? ... 163 11. A Place Rooted In The Person Of God 165 12. A Body Focused On The Real Jesus . . 183 13. A Fellowship Celebrating God In Authentic Worship . . 198 14. A Community Of Ever-deepening Relationships ... 214 15. The Formula For Growth ... 232 Epilogue: Joy In The Journey 249 Notes ... 252

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