No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church

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Zondervan, May 26, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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How do we live out the message of Jesus in today’s ever-changing culture?The church is facing its greatest challenge—and its greatest opportunity—in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious “imperfect people” to become his church—but how are we doing at welcoming them?No Perfect People Allowed shows you how to deconstruct the five main barriers standing between emerging generations and your church by creating the right culture. From inspiring stories of real people once far from God, to practical ideas that can be applied by any local church, this book offers a refreshing vision of the potential and power of the Body of Christ to transform lives today.“We now are living in a post-Christian America—and that means we must be rethinking ministry through a missionary mindset. What makes this book both unique and extremely helpful is that it is filled with real-life stories of post-Christian people becoming followers of Jesus—not just statistics or data about them.” Dan Kimball, Author, The Emerging Church". . . John's 'get it' factor with people, lost or found, is something to behold! Reading this book filled me with optimism regarding the next generation of pastors and faith communities . . . "Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community ChurchNo Perfect People Allowed is a timely and necessary word for church leaders in a post Christian culture. John Burke serves up quite a tasty meal full of the rich nutrients that will strengthen the Body of Christ. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Pantego Bible Church; Author, The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

A challenging and thought-provoking book on ways to reach people in postmodern America with the message of Jesus. The book is full of examples of what worked, what was not as successful, and provides ... Read full review

User Review  - LaMar Herndon -

As a pastor of a SBC church who God is constantly and growing I read with great interest No Perfect People Allowed by John Burke. I can truthfully say it was one of the most inspiring and challenging ... Read full review


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John Burke and his wife, Kathy, founded Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, in 1998. Since then, Gateway has grown to over 3,000 people, 70 percent of whom are in their twenties and thirties, and consists mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. Burke is also the author of No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church.

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