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Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing [Hardcover]

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Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310285305  
EAN  9780310285304  
UPC  025986285302  

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Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches across the country, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping a harvest. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, and provides a practical course of action for recovery..

Publishers Description
Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error. The book draws from the experience of Seacoast Church as well as pastors such as Craig Groeschel, Chris Hodges, Perry Nobel, Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Chapman, Dino Rizzo, Ron Hamilton, and Dave Browning, Church leaders will be encouraged to realize that they are not the only ones who struggle, and that turning their situation around may not be as daunting a task as they think. This is a field guide for the common pastor based on actual churches of all sizes.

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More About Geoff Surratt, Robert Tainsh, Albert Lichtblau, Johannes-Dieter Steinert, Wolfgang Aschauer, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geoff Surratt has served in active ministry for the past 27 years, including pastoral posts at Seacoast Church and Saddleback Church. Sherry Surratt is CEO of MOPS International and has held various leadership roles, including ministry at Leadership Network and Seacoast Church. Geoff is the author/coauthor of several books, including The Multi-Site Church Revolution, A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip, and 10 Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing. Sherry is the author/coauthor of Just Lead!, Beautiful Mess, and Brave Mom. They have been married for more than 34 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Parker, Colorado.

About the Foreword Authors

Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family. He is the author of numerous books including Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, The DNA of Parent-Teen Relationships, and The Wholehearted Marriage. He holds a PhD from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. Erin Smalley holds an MA in clinical psychology. She is the coauthor of Grown-Up Girlfriends. Greg and Erin are coauthors of Little Book of Great Dates, Ready to Wed, The Wholehearted Wife, and Before You Plan Your Wedding . . . Plan Your Marriage. They lead intensive marriage seminars around the world and train pastors, professionals, and lay leaders on how to work effectively with married and engaged couples. Married since 1992, Greg and Erin live in Colorado Springs with their four children.

Geoff Surratt was born in 1962.

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I'm not a pastor but I am a active church member  Mar 19, 2010
Geoff Surratt's "Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing" is an entertaining and informative read. Like I noted in the title, I am not a pastor (but I have been an active church member nearly all of my life), but I still found the book quite enjoyable.

Surratt's 10 things are:

* Trying to do it all
* Establishing the Wrong Role for the Pastor's Family
* Providing a Second-Rate Worship Experience
* Settling for Low Quality Children's Ministry
* Promoting Talent over Integrity
* Clinging to a Bad Location
* Copying Another Successful Church
* Favoring Discipline over Reconciliation
* Mixing Ministry and Business
* Letting Committees Steer the Ship

Surratt does come at things from a non-denominational perspective so some of these items were not particularly applicable to my Missouri Synod Lutheran church, but most were. I was able to note that our church does most of these things well, including just moving out of a bad location (too small) and not letting the pastors do it all.

Surratt fills his chapter with real-life examples of what not to do, including lots of his own (self-described) stupid mistakes. At the end of every chapter he interviews another successful pastor about the issues he just wrote about and gets a slightly different perspective. Surratt's humor carries the book and saves this from being a drudge of a to-do list and makes it a joy. For example (from location 1968 in the Kindle edition) where he is commenting on his lack of ability to counsel parishioners with their personal problems: "My natural response when people tell me their personal problems is, 'Wow, what are you going to do about that?' You'd be surprised at how few people find solace or direction in that kind of advice."

It's not all fun and games though. Surratt has some especially profound thoughts on seeing church as a family (kind of choked me up as I was listening to it using the Kindle text-to-speech mode while walking the dog - enough so that I read it to my wife when I got back from the walk).

Good, informative read. Deceptively light-hearted - you'll laugh and you'll think at the same time.
A Review of Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing  Feb 15, 2010
This was a quick read and pretty informative for the pastor or leader charged with the responsibility of leading a church. (I know that God brings the increase in "church growth," and so does the author. At the same time, as a professor of mine in Seminary noted, God works through men.)

Any organization leader understands the power of momentum and how hard it is to recover momentum once it is lost. (By the way, so does the enemy of "church growth," so he works overtime to try to kill momentum any way he can. (Many times using the decisions of leaders as a primary tool.)

Surratt has a witty style of writing which makes the book easy to read and enjoyable. There is nothing "earth shattering" or patently "new" in his observations; however, the style of writing makes the approach tot he subject somewhat "disarming." Once the pastor lets down his guard, then Surratt can drive home his point.

As I went through the list, I counted at least six of these mistakes I have personally made and all ten that I have observed. What makes me smile (and cry) on the inside, is that I made most of these, knowing in the back of my mind that they were stupid, but hoping that I would be wrong. (And please, before you throw me under the bus...I will bet you have too. )

Most guys who do what I do, have tons more to read than time to read it. That being said, I understand the value in not wasting precious time with another "quick fix book." This is not one of those. It is a book to start the mind working, to prompt conversations among leaders of churches, and to expose the "big hairy gorilla" in the corner of the room that no one wants to acknowledge but everyone senses is there.

I would recommend this book. In fact, I think I will buy a copy for my staff and make it the subject of ongoing training/development efforts in the coming months. Thanks Geoff for putting it in print!
Have a laugh at your own mistakes  Feb 11, 2010
There are plenty of stupid things that church leaders can do, and Geoff Surratt does his best to remind them of this in this book. Each chapter ends with a set of questions called an "IQ Test", so that the church's whole leadership team can sit around and use them to explain to the pastor in detail just how stupid he or she is.

The ten stupid things, each of which occupies a chapter in the book, are: trying to do it all, establishing the wrong role for the pastor's family, providing a second-rate worship experience, settling for low quality in children's ministry, promoting talent over integrity, clinging to a bad location, copying another successful church, favouring discipline over reconciliation, mixing ministry and business, and letting committees steer the ship.

There are no prizes for having done all ten stupid things, perhaps because there would be too many winners. This is a light-hearted book with plenty of underlying serious wisdom. Not everybody will resonate with the author's style of humour, although I personally laughed and laughed as I read. I found the book to be both helpful and easy to read.
bold  Jan 9, 2010
This book dares to go where most ministers and pastors would not. The most important thing is that the author puts a handle on the luggage we carry. Perhaps by putting handles on our junk we can move it out of the way. Perhaps this will give ministers a vocabulary to open discussion on topics we need to move through? I wish this work was longer, so it pegs out at four stars for not being a little deeper. It dares to bring into public discussion things that usually are only complained about behind closed doors. Very bold.
All comes down to money  Nov 17, 2009
All the euphemisms and godspeak used in this book are nothing more than code words for 'how to make money'. No surprise there, the church has always been a money making enterprise. False promises of salvation their product. I'd like someone to write "10 brilliant ways to kill a dying church" Now that would be a service to society.

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