Resources: Books

Being the Church in a Multi-ethnic Community

The face of America is growing rapidly more diverse, and many churches are wondering wht it means to carry out the Great Commission in a community where different ethnicities are represented.
Being the Church in a Multi-ethnic Community is an introductory guide, a basic primer for pastors and congregation leaders who are wrestling with how to reach the ethnic groups next door and welcome them into ...read more

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  • Wesleyan Publishing House
  • 224 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $11.99

There’s Hope for Your Church

A startling 85% of churches in the US are plateaued or declining, a trend that has been building for the past fifty years. In the face of shrinking attendance and lagging spiritual growth, pastors and church leaders are understandably discouraged and demoralized. But the first step to turning things around is hope. Church health expert Gary McIntosh offers this hope by showing church leaders the ...read more

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  • Baker Publishing
  • April 17, 2012
  • 208 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $16.20

Here Today, There Tomorrow

Church leaders are frustrated! Larger churches are bogged down by the weight of their own organizations, and smaller churches struggle with an inability to get things moving. Medium-sized churches tend to get tangled up in their programming. Veteran leadership expert Gary L. McIntosh provides help to leaders of churches, regardless of size, who struggle to create workable plans to move their congregations forward. This book identifies the best practices on how to assess the unique identity of a church and design a plan for its future.

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  • Wesleyan Publishing House
  • March 01, 2010
  • 224 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $13.49

Taking Your Church to the Next Level

All local churches experience a predictable life cycle of growth and decline. But if a church is on a downward trend, how can it turn around? Taking Your Church to the Next Level explains the impact of age and size on churches and outlines the improvements that must be made at each point for a church to remain fruitful and faithful to its mission. McIntosh deftly describes the cycles of fruitfulness and the importance of continual improvement to diminish destructive forces that keep a congregation from its mission.

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  • Baker Books
  • September 01, 2009
  • 224 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $15.29

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership, Revised Edition

The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work.

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  • Baker Books
  • November 01, 2007
  • 256 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $15.29

Beyond the First Visit

We all like to think that our church is the friendliest one in town. But do visitors see it that way? Church consultant Gary L. McIntosh invites you to take another look at your church through the eyes of a first-time guest to identify the things that might be holding them back from a second visit.

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  • Baker Books
  • August 01, 2006
  • 192 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $14.49

Thriving Churches in the Twenty-First Century

Using the analogy of the human body, Thriving Churches in the Twenty-First Century explores the ten interacting systems that make up a healthy church body such as spiritual energy, corporate intercession, spiritual disciplines, mentoring, and team ministry.

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  • Kregel Academic
  • March 20, 2006
  • 224 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $14.40

Evaluating the Church Growth Movement

Although the church growth movement has made a significant impact on evangelicals over the past half century, it has also created controversy and division. This careful five-view analysis helps evangelicals understand the movement’s strengths and weaknesses and arrive at their own conclusions on issues that affect the future direction of the church.

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  • Zondervan
  • November 01, 2004
  • 304 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $16.19

Church That Works

The expertise of veteran church consultant and best-selling author Gary McIntosh is now available in an easily portable format. McIntosh offers readers his invaluable insights on the church in order to help leaders make their churches more effective. It’s just like hiring your own church consultant, but at a fraction of the cost.

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  • Baker Books
  • May 01, 2004
  • 272 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $18.00

Biblical Church Growth

Leaders change and trends go out of style. Only churches that are built on the solid foundation of God’s Word will remain effective. Biblical Church Growth explores the unchanging biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today’s culture. Gary McIntosh defines church growth as effective evangelism, not simply a methodology for increasing membership. He sets forth nine basic principles that provide an eternal foundation for helping any church, large or small, achieve lasting vitality and growth.

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  • Baker Books
  • April 01, 2003
  • 192 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $18.00
Sale Price: $16.20

101 Ways to Help People in Need

This book presents practical and creative ways for y ou and your church to reach out to people with physical, emotional, and relational needs–in your neighborhood, your community your country, and your world.

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  • NavPress
  • April 22, 2002
  • 128 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $8.99
Sale Price: $8.00

One Church, Four Generations

Church leaders of the twenty-first century, perhaps more than at any time in history, must reach out to a variety of groups within the church. How can worship services be modified to attract young people without driving the older members away? Is it possible for a church to have an intergenerational ministry? How can churches keep the youngest members involved?

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  • Baker Books
  • March 01, 2002
  • 256 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $22.00
Sale Price: $19.80

Look Back, Leap Forward

The rapid changes all around us in the new millennium may cause one of two errors: wishing to return to an idealized past or refusing to look back at all. Both patterns of thinking lead to ineffective churches and communities. Look Back, Leap Forward challenges Christian leaders to balance the two extremes: look back to find the core values that give meaning to ministry and then use them to build the future and take hold of new opportunities.

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  • Baker Book House
  • September 01, 2001
  • 140 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $10.79

101 Ways to Reach Your Community

This book is a collection of ways that Christians can reach out to those around them. A great book for those interested in discovering new ways to share their faith with others, and a great choice to use in small group evangelism.

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  • NavPress
  • December 27, 2000
  • 112 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $8.99
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Staff Your Church for Growth

Current data show that half of all churches have some form of multiple staff, and many others are considering the addition of professional staff in the future. Gary L. McIntosh has written a comprehensive manual for the twenty-first-century church, focusing on how, why, who, and when to add staff in a way that encourages growth.

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  • Baker Books
  • April 01, 2000
  • 208 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $14.50

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Framed as a discussion between a pastor six months out of seminary and a veteran pastor, this book tackles the issues of how churches grow and how church size determines effective strategy for ministry. The pastors’ Saturday morning dialogues reveal ten areas that will help readers understand their own church’s psychology.

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  • Revell
  • August 01, 1999
  • 176 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $14.40

It Only Hurts on Monday

The pressures of ministry are such that many pastors spend their days off simply trying to recover. Evidence suggests that pastors are moving or dropping out at an increasing rate. Based on research of 60 pastors and churches, It Only Hurts On Monday will answer the question, “Why are pastors quitting and what can be done about it. An excellent resource for boards, lay persons, as well as pastors.

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  • Churchsmart Resources
  • March 16, 1998
  • 173 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $13.00
Sale Price: $11.70

How to Start a New Service

No matter how many services your church has, adding a new style service will help you reach new people. This book answers all the questions you will have, along with some you wouldn’t have even thought to ask. Includes helpful worksheets to guide your church’s planning.

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  • Baker Books
  • October 01, 1997
  • 272 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $17.20

Creating Community

In a world of confusion and conflict, small group fellowship offers solace, rest, and love. These “churches within a church” work like an extended family to support members through times of crisis and uncertainty. This book shows how to evaluate the readiness of your church to begin a small group ministry, or multiply and improve your existing groups.

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  • B&H Publishing Group
  • June 01, 1997
  • 192 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $13.00
Sale Price: $11.70

Finding Them, Keeping Them

Gary McIntosh and Glen Martin have distilled the complex formulae of church growth and retention theory into concepts that are comprehensible to non-experts with a view toward recruiting the church at large in the work of evangelism and discipling. The authors share principles for finding and keeping new Christians in a local church that have proven to be effective and well-received. Includes worksheets to evaluate and plan for greater effectiveness in your own situation along with practical steps to attain your goals.

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  • B&H Books
  • December 16, 1995
  • 142 Pages
  • Paperback

List Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $9.00