What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church

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Baker Books, Apr 15, 2013 - Religion - 272 pages
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Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast!

What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and "sacred" laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader's library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They'll get the answers they're looking for all in one place.

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Great book with many practical tips and practices.

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This has become one of my favorite books because of all the helpful advice and tips found in it. This book is a must have for any church leader or Pastor. As a leader, I find myself using lots of the ... Read full review


The Number of Groups Rule
The Newcomer Bonding Rule 32 The New Groups Rule m
The Participation Levels Rule
The Group Life Cycle Rule
Ministry Rules for Christian Education 1 8
The Room Capacity Rule m
The TeacherStudent Rule
The Sunday School Focus Rule m

The Number of Conversions Rule
Ministry Rules for Visitors Q 8 The Visitor Label Rule
The Ten Minute Rule i
The Guests to Grow By Rule
The SecondTime Rule
The Visitor Agenda Rule
The Information Center Rule
Ministry Rules for Worship Q 14 The Growth Rate Rule i
The Sermon Preparation Rule i
The Visitor Hostility Rule
The New Service Rule
The Planning Team Rule
The Message Rule
The Sermon Selection Rule
The Attendance Tracking Rule m
Ministry Rules for Connecting with and Assimilating Newcomers H 22 The Friendship Factor Rule
The Visitor Retention Rule
The New Member Ministry Rule D
The New Member Orientation Rule
The New Member Sponsor Rule
The Assimilated Member Rule
The First Year Rule
Ministry Rules for Small Groups Q 29 The Group Diversity Rule
The Two Step Rule m
The Party Rule
The Top Forty Rule
Ministry Rules for Love and Caring M
The Teaching Love Rule
The Learning to Listen Rule m
The Birthday Celebration Rule m
The ShortTerm Mission Rule
Ministry Rules for Volunteer Involvement Q 47 The One Year Rule
The Classes of Leaders Rule Q 49 The Two for One Rule
The Ministry Matching Rule
The Ministry Positions Rule
The Philosophy of Lay Ministry Rule 1 6
Ministry Rules for Programs 1 0
The TwoHumped Camel Rule 55 The Rule of Fifteen 56 The Goal Setting Rule
The Laser Focus Rule m
Ministry Rules for Staff and Leadership u 58 The Pastoral Staff Rule m
The Sabbatical Rule m
The Support Staff Rule 61 The Apprentice Rule m
Ministry Rules for Facilities 177
The Fellowship Capacity Rule m
The Facility Balance Rule

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Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California.

Charles Arn (EdD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and president of Church Growth, Inc., where he is responsible for research, design, and development of instructional materials. He has thirty-four years of experience in leading training events for churches and denominations throughout North America and the world. He is known as a leading voice in the church growth movement. He lives in Glendora, California.

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