Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works  -     By: Ronald J. Sider, Philip N. Olson, Heidi Rolland Unruh
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How do you go about transforming both souls and society? By merging message and mission into a holistic ministry. Examining the relationship between evangelism and social outreach, the authors offer dynamic insights on harnessing divine power, building a healthy congregational base, developing leaders, and more that will help you implement your own vision for your own ministry. 304 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0801091330
ISBN-13: 9780801091339
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Churches over the past generations have been weakened by a failure to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of their communities. Many have adopted a narrow vision, focusing on only one aspect of ministry. But in today's environment of faith-based opportunities many Christians are eager to start reaching out to their world with both Good News and good works, and therefore they are searching for appropriate ways to integrate both into their ministry.
In Churches That Make a Difference, best-selling author Ron Sider and his coauthors give those involved in community outreach a comprehensive resource for developing holistic ministry--a balance of evangelism and social outreach. Illustrations and helpful organizational tips detail the how-to's of an effective holistic ministry. Case studies that show how different churches across the United States reach out to their communities provide a variety of ideas and practical applications. User-friendly tools are included as well for congregational studies, surveys, evaluations, and community assessments.
The authors draw on extensive experience with church ministries and faith-based organizations as they share the life-changing vision and biblical mandate for living the whole gospel. Church leaders will be encouraged in their process of developing and maintaining a holistic ministry, and local churches will rediscover a passion for loving the whole person the way Jesus did.

Author Bio

Ronald J. Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and a professor at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is the author of numerous books, including Just Generosity, Living Like Jesus, and Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Philip N. Olson is vice president for church relations at ESA and director of Network 9:35, which helps churches develop holistic ministries.
Heidi Rolland Unruh is associate director of the Congregations, Communities, and Leadership Development Project at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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    Linda A. Fisher
    I found this book to be both thoughtfully written and thought-provoking. It was an excellent tool for us to use as we considered why our social ministry programs were suceeding in meeting physical/material needs, but not translating into seeing spiritually renewed and transformed lives. We plan to implement several of the practical suggestions in as we re-adjust our ministry focus.
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