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It’s good to be here. What I envision is something like a spiritual wikipedia – a box of interesting ideas – all devoted to the changes that are facing a traditional church in decline – the right hand, the way we’ve always done it before – and the possibilities of learning a new way of disciple making which is more creative, organic and right out of the gospels.

In other words, Jesus was left-handed, and the methods of disciple making He taught require us to learn how to use our left hand as well as our right hand. It will be uncomfortable for a while, but we can learn to do God’s work with both hands.

On this blog you will find a box of interesting ideas from all over the place, united by the idea that God works among us in a twofold manner – the right hand and the left hand. There will be at least five categories for each, which could correspond to the fingers of both hands.

We’re familiar with the use of the right hand, and we spend all sorts of time and energy refining the way we work with the right hand of the traditional church, which does its work through events and programs organized by leaders working in teams.

Less familiar is the left hand approach of Jesus which focused on prayer, obedience and building ongoing spiritual relationships. There are modern day expressions such as the organic church, CPM and T4T – most denominational pastors have never heard of the latter two, although they are responsible for hundreds of thousands of new Christians in the third world. The best description of the left hand for me is this: “There are only two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples, and disciples who need to become disciple makers.”

Which category do you find yourself in?

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Townsend, Robert: Further Up the Organization

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Townsend, Robert, Further Up the Organization: How To Stop Management From Stifling People And Strangling Productivity (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984) A revision of the 1970 classic, Up The Organization; start here.

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Miller, Herb: Midsize Church Leadership: Moving Toward God’s Vision

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Miller, Herb Midsize Church Leadership: Moving Toward God’s Vision When Worship Attendance Is Between 100 & 300 This one day Net Results workshop provides a basic foundation for excellence in satisfying traditional church needs while one builds the foundation for a new paradigm church. Essential; you cannot survive without meeting the needs of your current church membership.

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Galloway, Dale E. 20/20 Vision: How To Create A Successful Cell Church With Lay Pastors and Cell Groups

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Galloway, Dale E. 20/20 Vision: How To Create A Successful Cell Church With Lay Pastors and Cell Groups (Available from New Hope Community Church, Portland Oregon, (503)-659-LOVE; all of Galloway’s training manuals, group Bible studies, video & audiotapes are available as a complete package.) An example of the Cho model in America; New Hope grew to 1000 in the first 10 years of existence; transition to the Cho model allowed growth to 6000 in 6 years. (Galloway is now a professor in the Beeson DMin program at Asbury.)

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Hunter, George: To Spread The Power: Church Growth In The Wesleyan Spirit

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Hunter, George G. III To Spread The Power: Church Growth In The Wesleyan Spirit (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1987) Hunter applies the techniques of early Methodism to modern church growth situations.

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Serendipity: Lyman Coleman's organization

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Serendipity: Lyman Coleman’s organization pioneered in materials for youth groups, and now supports small groups for adults as well with curriculum and workshops to explain small group practices. Their simple, clear explanations of complex group dynamics are invaluable. The Serendipity New Testament for Groups contains discussion questions in the margins so that any small group can study the bible without additional curriculum. They also have video tapes for training group leaders based on Lyman Coleman’s basic seminars. Get on their mailing list. (1-800-525-9563)

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 George, Carl: Prepare Your Church For The Future

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George, Carl F. Prepare Your Church For The Future (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1991) The Metachurch Model, americanized from Cho’s Korean model. Other helpful books from Dr. George include How To Break Growth Barriers and The Coming Church Revolution.

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Mathison, John Ed: Every Member In Ministry: Involving Laity & Inactives

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Mathison, John Ed Every Member In Ministry: Involving Laity & Inactives (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1988) Leaders create groups; Mathison demonstrates important principles for developing laity into servant leaders in a traditional United Methodist Church setting.

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Warren, Rick: The Purpose Driven Church

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Warren, Rick The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1995) A very thorough book from the Southern Baptist who founded Saddleback Church in California and led it to 10,000+ attendance. The Five Circles of Commitment and The Life Development Process concepts are very helpful in developing the unchurched toward a functional spiritual maturity.

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Slaughter, Michael: First Love: A Christ-Centered Environment for Church Renewal

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Slaughter, Michael First Love: A Christ-Centered Environment for Church Renewal (A six part video study from Whaleprints, United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH 1-800-322-5817) An important explanation of the theological principles which undergird the growth of Ginghamsburg UMC from 90 to over 1000 in attendance in ten years. This tape clearly indicates the paradigm shift in values that is necessary for growth; without this foundation, cell church techniques are gimmicks that don’t work. Essential.
Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Six Principles For Risking Renewal (Abingdon, 1995) updates and expands in book form on the material from the First Love tape. In May, 1996 Ginghamsburg UMC’s attendance averaged 2200, an increase of 1000 since moving to their new campus 18 months ago.

 

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Neighbour, Ralph: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Neighbour, Ralph W. Where Do We Go From Here? A Guidebook for the Cell Group Church (Houston: Touch Publications, 1990) 1-800-735-5865 The 2nd chapter, entitled “The Roadblock: The “P.B.D.” Church” (Program Base Design Church) is worth the price of the book and clearly defines what is going wrong. Neighbor’s experience as foreign missionary, church planter and former Southern Baptist give him very clear & definite viewpoints. A wide variety of other curriculum materials for small groups is also available. Very thorough, challenging & confrontational. Brace yourself. Other helpful books from this publisher are Neighbor’s The Shepherd’s Guidebook: A Leader’s Guide for the Cell Group Church and William A. Beckham’s The Second Reformation: Reshaping the Church for the 21st Century.
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