Transforming Thurrock, the UK and the world...

Ahead of the Newforms Level 1 Training that's coming up in May (see link to left - book NOW!), here's a few books that folk are reading around the borough, bringing challenge to the church and revolution to the revelation...

book 1 jpegPioneer Mission by Peter Farmer (of MIssion Britain) & Tim Nash
Pioneer Mission is a rediscovery of one of the most important yet most overlooked aspects of Jesus's teaching. It cuts through centuries of evangelistic and missional endeavour to reveal exactly how Jesus intended his church to make disciples of all nations. Through a mix of practical teaching, discussion and hands-on experience, this guide offers a potent pioneer process that Jesus himself taught and modelled. So brace yourself for the adventure of your life, as you see this explosive process transform whole communities of people!

book 2 jpegOrganic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens by Neil Cole
Churches have tried all kinds of ways to attract new and younger members – revised vision statements, hipper worship, contemporary music, livelier sermons, bigger and better auditoriums. But there are still so many people who aren′t being reached, who don′t want to come to church. And the truth is that attendance at church on Sundays does not necessarily transform lives; God′s presence in our hearts is what changes us. Leaders and laypeople everywhere are realising that they need new and more powerful ways to help them spread God′s Word. According to international church starter and pastor Neil Cole, if we want to connect with young people and those who are not coming to church, we must go where people congregate. Cole shows readers how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed – restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms,and neighbourhoods. Organic Church offers a hands–on guide for demystifying this new model of church and shows the practical aspects of implementing it.

book 3 jpegChurch 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church by Neil Cole
An expert practitioner answers to questions about the burgeoning organic church movement Neil Cole′s best–selling book Organic Church described the fastest growing segment of contemporary Christianity–the so–called organic church. Now in this next–step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such has what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances. Without the top–down structure of a denomination, even people who are proponents of this small, house–church model worry that they are not doing it right. Offers an important resource for anyone involved with or thinking of starting an organic or house church. Addresses practical issues of theology, rituals, doctrinal heresy, how to handle children, finances, and other important questions. Written by an acknowledged expert who is now and has been for over twenty years an organic church planter and practitioner A new Leadership Network title and follow–up to Organic Church Church 3.0 offers solid information about organic churches based on Cole′s extensive experience in starting, nurturing, and mentoring in the organic church movement.

book 4 jpegThe Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch
Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church, which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million in AD 310. Such incredible growth is also being experienced today in the church in China and other parts of the world. How do they do it? "The Forgotten Ways" explores the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to expand at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.

book 5 jpegMovements That Change The World by Steve Addison
This book is for anyone who wants to follow Jesus and change the world.
Movements that change the world are characterized by white-hot faith,commitment to a cause, contagious relationships, rapid mobilization,and adaptive methods. Jesus founded a missionary movement. His followers are called to continue his mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.

What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World by Steve Addison

book 6 jpegYou See Bones - I See an Army: Changing the Way We Do Church by Floyd McClung
According to George Barns there are 53,000 a month leaving Evangelical churches. God is realigning the church, and Floyd believes he wants to use the frustration that people feel towards the church to motivate them to believe for change. There is a valley of dry bones God wants to use, but those bones won't become an army until they are prophesied over. The dry bones are made up of the poor, the rebellious, the marginalised of society, the young and the uneducated. They carry wounds, have been abused, suffer from AIDS, are widows and single parents; they are often so poor they have lost hope of finding a purpose in life. They are waiting for someone to believe in them. By choosing to follow Jesus, believers have joined a great procession of men and women who are living for something far greater than themselves. The challenge is to act like we really believe what we are called to be and to do: to become a radical community of Jesus followers who seek to alleviate injustice and share the Father's love with those who have never heard that he cares for them; to show that the church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. In this book he shares his five core beliefs about leadership, church and mission: - Simple church - Courageous leadership - Focused obedience - Apostolic passion - Making disciples

book 7 jpegAn Army of Ordinary People by Fellicity Dale
"...they could see that they were ordinary men who had no special training... They recognised them as men who had been with Jesus." In the first century, those ordinary men and women-people just like you-came face-to-face with Jesus and became a force that turned the world upside down. In this powerful collection of stories, Felicity Dale shines the light on the same kind of Holy Spirit activity sweeping the U.S. today...God is mobilising an army of ordinary people to carry out His extraordinary work in simple ways around the globe. May the stories in these pages inspire you to join their ranks!

book 8 jpegThe Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today's Church aka Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches by Tony Dale, Felicity Dale and George Barna
Church planters Tony and Felicity Dale and acclaimed researcher George Barna bring a big message to God’s church. How might we change the world if our Christian faith began multiplying at a rapid pace—through a way of life that is explosive and transformational? It happened once before, in the early days of the church; what will it take to bring us to that point of urgency and determination again? Small Is Big (originally published as The Rabbit and the Elephant) offers keys to 21st-century evangelism: leveraging the power of the small—and taking the gospel to where the people are and the pain is. And as God uses us to channel Jesus’ love into a hurting, desperate world, we’ll see his church grow beyond anything we could have imagined.

book 9 jpegHouses That Change The World by Wolfgang Simson
Millions of Christians around the world are becoming aware of an imminent reformation of global proportions within the church. God is changing this revered institution and is making a new collective awareness of an age-old revelation, a corporate spiritual echo that reflects God's desire for the church. In this book, Simson brings to light what God is saying to Christians everywhere. Researched across the globe, he presents the case for the reformation of the church's existence. In a world where the church is being ignored, it is time to bring the church to the people and not the people to the church. Whether it is what we know as church from the last five years or the last five hundred years, no one has truly been able to break free from the structures of the past. Many may see this book as radical, many may see it as a reforming of old ideals but all who read it will be challenged and their priorities refocused in a life-changing way.

book 10 jpegThe Luke 10 Manual: Mission as Mandated and Modelled by Jesus by Steve & Marilyn Hill
If you had never attended a religious service, if you had no idea of church history and if you had simply read the words of Jesus for the first time, the last thing you would do is try to gather people at 10:00 Sunday morning to sit in rows and listen to you preach. What happens if we seek to strip the words and example of Jesus of 2,000 years of tradition and see them without looking through that filter.That is the purpose of this book.
While attending university in 1970 Steve and Marilyn became followers of Jesus. Those were the Jesus People day and they began their spiritual journey sitting on the floor talking with people about Jesus. People were becoming followers, getting healed and delivered but they did not think they were a real church because they had no paid pastor, pews, platform, pulpit, parking lot or problems.
In the mid seventies they joined a “real” church and began a journey through the apostolic and prophetic restoration stream of the charismatic movement that included everything from leading to worship to pioneer church planting to conference ministry. Many good things happened and many good friends were made.
However in 2002 they found themselves sitting on the floors of Central Asia drinking tea and talking with people about Jesus. They had come full circle and were convinced that simple sharing with friends is the church as Jesus planned and wants it.
This book is what they tell their friends.

Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
What God is doing among Muslim communities in Africa.

Check out also the books of Bill Johnson.

various, 12/04/2013

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