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Fresh Ideas: 1,000 Ways to Grow a Thriving and Energetic Church
B & H Publishing Group / 2007 / Paperback
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Pastors and laypersons alike will gobble up this handy resource filled with creative methods for "doing" church! Covering 74 far-ranging topics from baptism and e-mail to sports evangelism for youth, Davis offers concise and insightful tips for fostering freshness in your fellowship. It's a convenient, generous serving of creative juices! 213 pages, softcover from B&H.
Columnist and pastor’s wife Diana Davis has been compiling new ways of conducting various church programs for decadespaying close attention to everything from how a church interior is best utilized to how congregations most effectively engage in community outreach. These creative methods are generously compiled in Fresh Ideas for Your Church, a handy guide to inspire how your church does church.” Featuring seventy-five unique categories and scores of ideas within each one, this resource will help everyone in the church from volunteers to the senior pastor. A sampling of topics: Baptism, Children’s Area, Christmas, Fall Festival, Greeters, Library, New Member Assimilation, Prayer Ministry, Scripture of the Year, Sports Evangelism, Web Site, Youth, and more.
Diana Davis writes regular feature articles for several Christian publications and is a popular conference and retreat speaker. Her books include Fresh Ideas, Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry, and Deacon Wives. Diana also travels extensively with her husband, Steve Davis, executive director for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. They have three adult children and live in Indianapolis.
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Author: Diana Davis
Located in: Indianapolis IN
Submitted: March 14, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I guess you could call me a Hoosier cowgirl. Im a transplanted Texan who loves serving God in Indiana. I grew up in Fort Worth, fell in love with my husband, Steve, at Dallas Baptist University. We were engaged within a month, and have served as pastor and pastors wife in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas churches for over three decades. Then God miraculously moved us to Indianapolis, where my husband serves as the Executive Director for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. I've have served in a wide variety of ministries in the local church, and as a long- time pastor's wife, I get the "big picture." I have wonderful opportunities to encourage Christian woman by speaking at training conferences, pastors and deacons wives, and womens events, and I love traveling with my husband to see God at work in churches across our state. My vocational and educational background has been in religion and marketing. Ive been a stay-at-home mom, a Texas Main Street Manager, a victim chaplain, a real estate broker, and a volunteer womens ministry coordinator. I write a syndicated column, Fresh Ideas, for several state Baptist papers, and regularly write articles for Let's Worship magazine, Deacon Magazine, and other Christian publications. I enjoy doting long-distance on my young- adult kids, eating chocolate, and traveling with Steve around our beautiful state and world. And I rarely wear cowboy boots in Indiana.
What was your motivation behind this project? Zeal for Your house has consumed me. Those words from Psalm 69:9 describe exactly how I feel about my Gods church. I love big churches, small churches, new churches and old churches. I love contemporary churches and traditional churches. As we worship in dozens of different churches each year, Ive noticed a consistent common denominator among growing, vibrant churches of every size: FRESHNESS! Ive written articles for Christian publications for several years, so when I was invited to write a monthly article, Fresh Ideas, for the Indiana Baptist state paper, I jumped at the chance. I had no idea that other state papers would pick it up, and I was thrilled to receive regular it worked! emails from pastors and laypeople across the states. Those articles evolved into a whole book of Fresh Ideas! I hope that my zeal for His house is contagious, and that some of these ideas will help freshen up how your church does church. Theres no excuse for a stale church. We serve a living, vibrant, relevant God, and its worth our effort to honor Him.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Im praying this book will reignite Christian leaders enthusiasm for fresh, effective ministry in their local church, and that it will inspire them to bring it up a notch for the glory of our great God. I'm hoping your copy of this book will be worn and tattered from overuse. It's a fun read, with seventy-four topics, and hundreds of ideas designed to squeeze your creative juices and help you freshen up how your church does church. I hope church leaders--from volunteers to senior pastors--will browse and dream, consider and pray. Tweak these to fit your own unique church. And enjoy!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I enjoy reading so many things... Randy Singer's fiction, Lyle Schaller, Tom Rainer, Barna research, Beth Moore's Bible studies Connie Cavanaugh's nonfiction. Where do you come up with all your fresh ideas for churches? They came from a variety of places. My husband and I have been privileged to serve as pastor and wife in growing, innovative churches over the past three decades, and most of the ideas in this book have been tested and proven in those settings. These past four years, with Steve working with the state convention of Baptists in the state of Indiana, we've worship in dozens of different churches each year. I get to observe hundreds of wonderful examples of fresh across this state.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I just know you're going to love Fresh Ideas! Here's a summary poem about the Fresh Ideas book: Its simple to use, Fun to peruse, And sure to enthuse. Okay, I'm not a poet. But it's time to freshen up how your church does church. Grab your highlighter and start reading!
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