Add To Cart
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)|
A Place Where Everybody Matters: Life and Ministry in a Small ChurchJean Risley, Leslie McKinneyWipf & Stock / 2010 / Trade Paperback$9.39 Retail:
$19.00Save 51% ($9.61)
Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for MultiplicationCraig Ott, Gene WilsonBaker Academic / 2010 / Trade Paperback$25.49 Retail:
$34.00Save 25% ($8.51)
Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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