Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion
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Most churches in the U. S. have fewer than 75 members. Many of these congregations barely have enough money to pay their pastor's salary, much less launch a movement or host a conference. How can they hope to make an impact beyond their own walls?
In Churches Partnering Together, Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks show how all churches - big and small - can do more together than they can do apart. Looking to the New Testament for guidance, this practical book will help pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike think creatively about gospel-driven church partnerships in their own communities and around the world.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
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This book sets forth a compelling vision related to helping churchesbig and smalldevelop interdependent partnerships and make a significant impact for the sake of the gospelin their own communities and around the world.
Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) serves at Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii. He previously taught Bible and theology at Cedarville University and Northland International University and served as a pastor at Harbor Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chris and his wife, Katie, have four sons.
Matt Dirks (MDiv, Talbot School of Theology) is pastor for teaching and leadership at Harbor Church in Honolulu, which he helped to plant in 2006. In addition to training church planters around the world, he has also helped launch partnerships for church-based theological education and ministry training, and worked to rescue sex trafficking victims in Hawaii. He is the author of a curriculum for youth as well as a number of articles and the coauthor (with Chris Bruno) of Churches Partnering Together.
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
-R. Albert Mohler Jr.,
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
God's mission is too big for any one church to accomplish. We know that. Yet we often act as if our church must do it all - alone. How freeing to discover what can happen when churches join forces. Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks are scholars with pastors' hearts, and they tackle the topic with theological depth and practical wisdom. Their strategies for kingdom partnerships will leave readers inspired to seek out partner congregations and well equipped to make the partnerships flourish. For church leaders more excited about building Gods kingdom than their own, this is the book to read.
Managing Editor, Leadership Journal
The world has become too complex and challenging, and gospel opportunities too numerous, for Christ's followers to work in isolation from one another, much less compete with each other. The twenty-first century must be a century of partnerships; as long as the Lord tarries, we need to work together to advance the gospel. That's why I'm delighted to commend this thoroughly biblical and eminently practical book.
-Todd A. Wilson,
Senior Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois
God can and does work miracles through local churches linked together by the gospel for the sake of loving their communities by introducing them to Jesus. I love the vision Chris and Matt live out and lay out in this book. May their tribe increase!
Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition
Unfortunately, smaller churches are too often deemed to be less faithful or significant. Bruno and Dirks cast a biblical vision for how such churches can partner together, providing a biblical foundation and practical strategies for such endeavors. The book makes a fresh and important contribution, and should be read widely.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Gospel partnership, rightly understood, always extends beyond individuals to churches. This book is an outstanding resource. It lays out, compellingly, the biblical rationale for churches partnering together with the aim of gospel advance. It is full of useful examples and practical advice about partnership in action. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Rector, St. Helen Bishopsgate, London
Having recently begun to benefit from this very kind of relationship with four other local churches, I find myself very excited about Churches Partnering Together. I trust God will use this book to expose many more to the beauty and strength of these partnerships of mutual encouragement, shared resources, and shared labor. The work that Jesus has called his church to do will be greatly empowered as more of us follow the course that Chris and Matt lay out here. They give us not just a compelling vision but also the practicalities of pursuing these partnerships, with due attention to important things such as a solid relational foundation and prayer.
Crossway Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin
Can even a small congregation play a large part in the Great Commission? This book answers the question with a resounding yes - as they develop kingdom partnerships where they don't own anything, control anything, or count anything as their own. If you want to make a difference in the expansion of the gospel, read this book! It provides simple advice that can yield profound results.
President, Evangelical Free Church of America
Partnerships make the most important things in life happen. What none of us can do alone can often be done in collaboration with others. Many pastors and church planters will benefit enormously from the wisdom, biblical insight, and practical experience that Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks provide for us here. May God be pleased to spread the vision, and share the work, for the growth of kingdom churches that advance the gospel of Christ.
-Bruce A. Ware,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent insight for better partnerships in ChristSeptember 19, 2014Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently finished reading Churches Partnering Together by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks. This book offered a wonderful perspective on Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion. These three words should be fundamental to our faith, and should be part of our daily attitude and actions. I found this book to be refreshing in its simple approach to practices that are often overlooked, under-appreciated, and basically shoved aside as we muddle through our Christian walk. Bruno and Dirks offer 9 sets to our partnership:
Catching the Vision
Laying the Foundation
Clarifying the Mission
Leading the Charge
Staying the Course
Giving and Receiving
Launching a Movement
Putting it all Together
If you are part of a local church this book is for you. If you are looking for a church to call your own this book will give you some great insight in what to look for. If you have given up on church, this book will challenge you to reflect on and reevaluate your decision to leave. Any church of any size in any location can partner with another church for the sake of the kingdom. This will not be an easy road, nor will it always be a fun one, but it is a possible one. Partnership is a role, not a position; it is a goal, not a precedent. This book approaches this mission through a biblically sound basis, thoroughly explaining the process, and offers support for the duration of the goal-meeting.
Did the book change how you think about God, the church, or this world? Draw a connection to your job, relationships, or devotional life.
This book challenged how I look at the roles of others in the churchnot necessarily by name, but more like position and overall usefulness to the church. It challenged me to spend more time thinking of what God wants me to accomplish and who in my ministry circles can support me in reaching the goals God has set forth for me to accomplish.
Were you compelled to implement something new as a parent, spouse, friend, student, or employee? Share where Gods grace is at work.
I am compelled to start a ladies bible study which incorporates ladies from surrounding churches so we can grow as a community of Christians, support each others ministries, and become better equipped to serve in our local church knowing we have the moral and prayer support of others of like faith in churches just like our own.
Are you seeing new ways the gospel affects your hobbies, your past, your dreams?
The gospel should be an integral part of my daily life, and I realize that this is sadly not so. Through reading this book I was challenged to put more gospel in my whole life and not just parts of it I chose to let it leak through.
This book was provided by Crossway as a complimentary copy through Beyond the Page. I am not being compensated for my review.
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