“In The Blessed Church the biblical principles that lead to true success in the body of Christ are carefully explained.” —Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
“What you will gain from reading this book is not only inspiration but also principles that will work in any church (or business) that wants to fully maximize its potential.” –Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church
In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris of Gateway Church explores how a church can be fast-growing and spiritually-enriching—and still healthy. With the powerful stories, candor, and humor he’s known for, Morris shows how every component of your church—including mission, government, teaching, worship, small groups, giving, and outreach—can receive God’s richest blessings.
Written for both church leaders and laypeople, The Blessed Church explores the vision and other qualities that make church “work”—regardless of sizein the twenty-first century.
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“The Blessed Church is a must-read for anyone wanting to know how to build a church that God will bless.” —Jimmy Evans, senior elder of Trinity Fellowship Church and CEO of MarriageToday
“Our world desperately needs healthy, vibrant churches…If you want a growing vitality in your church, you will profit from every page of The Blessed Church.” —Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands
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About the Author
Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to over 36,000 active members. Robert is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life, which is seen in over 100 million homes in the United States and in more than 200 countries worldwide. He is the author of eleven books, including the best-selling The Blessed Life and The God I Never Knew. He and his wife, Debbie, have three grown and married children and 4 grandchildren.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 The Gateway Story
1 God's Story, Not Ours 5
2 Hearing from God 8
3 Crazy Beginnings 17
Part 2 Blessed Vision
4 It's Okay to Have a Vision to Grow 25
5 Health-Growth Connection 29
6 Predecessor of Vision 32
7 When You "Can't Stands No More" 35
8 The Core of My Early Church Vision 40
9 Articulating the Vision 43
10 Writing the Vision 47
Part 3 Blessed Shepherds
11 Leading Is Not an Option 55
12 To Feed and Lead 58
13 Good Shepherds, False Shepherds, and Hirelings 64
14 The True Shepherds Call 69
15 The Shepherd Loves the Sheep 75
16 Your First and Most Important Ministry 78
Part 4 Blessed Leaders
17 Who's the Minister Here? 87
18 The Pastors Three-Part Job Description 92
19 The Prayer of the Burned-Out Pastor 101
20 Eagle s Nest Empowerment 107
21 The Vital Key to Being an Empowering Leader 115
Part 5 Blessed Government
22 Church Government Matters 125
23 The Gateway Approach to Church Government 130
24 Healthy Tension 135
25 A Healthy Pastor 139
26 Healthy Spiritual Elders 142
27 The Pastor-Elder Relationship 148
28 Staff, Non-Staff, and Apostolic Elders 155
Part 6 Blessed Church Culture
29 The Power of Culture 165
30 A Culture of Generosity 167
31 A Culture of Freedom 175
32 A Culture of Rest 181
33 A Culture of Worship 188
34 A Culture of Community 195
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Pastor Robert Morris takes us behind the scenes of one of the most rapidly growing churches in America. He answers the questions: Why is the church so blessed. What is your secret? He walks the reader step by step through Bible based principles that lead to a blessed church, a happy church and a church that brings Jesus to thousands around the world every day. Some of his recommendations may even shock you. Make no mistake, this book is not just for pastors or leaders in the ministry. The biblical principles taught in The Blessed Church are fundemental to living a successful, happy and blessed life. A life that can bring Jesus to those around you every day. Do you want to grow in your relaionship with God? Do you want practical advice on how to have a blessed family, career or life? Then this book is a necessary read. The Blessed Church is also a great companion book to the author's best selling book The Blessed Life.
I started reading this book with great interest as a church planter. However, it turned about to be about another mega church in the middle of the Bible belt. I am a church planter in an area where only 7.5% of the people are evangelical Christians, so I grew weary of the mega church mentality pretty quickly. The book; however, does have redeeming qualities. First of all, the section called, "Blessed Government" is worth a read if you are a pastor, church staff member, or lay leader in your leader. Secondly, the author and publishers formatted the book to have "Keys to a Blessed Church" that jump out at you are read the book. You can get the best concepts of the book by thumbing through the book and reading these keys. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Pastors give the best guilt trips. Let me clarify that. Pastors give themselves the best guilt trips. No one in a church can affect the pastor’s self-esteem more than the pastor, him/herself. If something goes wrong, if there’s a glitch in the system, if there’s a disgruntled visitor, if there’s not enough bulletins printed, if …whatever, the pastor will blame him/herself for it. It doesn’t matter if they had anything to do with it. The church and the congregation are their responsibility; therefore, the buck stops here. You can probably tell that I speak from experience. No one has to take most pastors down a notch or two for getting too high and mighty. Most of us beat ourselves up just fine without any assistance. We seem to place this unattainable expectation of perfection on ourselves, and then blame ourselves when everything isn’t perfect. Like I said, pastors can lay the best guilt trips – on themselves. The author of The Blessed Life and The God I Never Knew provides another thought provoking book for those interested in improving their church environment: The Blessed Church. Geared mainly toward pastors and leadership within the church Pastor Morris takes the reader step-by-step on a journey to building a church that God will bless. Being a pastor, myself, just the concept of this book intrigued me. Though I must admit, I mentally prepared myself for another round of personal recrimination before even opening the cover. Morris bases his premise on the truth that things that are healthy will naturally grow. Therefore, no matter what the size of the church, health is the most important ingredient if a church wishes to grow. While I wholeheartedly agree with this premise, I have a problem with the idea that growth can be measured by size. Let me explain. Not all churches are large. Not all churches are meant to be large. So, if a small church doesn’t gain the membership numbers that equal a large church’s this doesn’t mean that they aren’t healthy or that they aren’t growing. A healthy soybean plant will grow to its proper size and yield fruit to reproduce itself. However, it will never be as large as a corn plant. It was never intended to be. Morris does an excellent job in explaining many key concepts that are needed for churches to experience health and growth. He breaks down this book into seven parts that cover the importance of having a healthy vision, pastor, leaders, government style, and culture in order to experience growth. Each chapter contains a key idea that can be zeroed in on and meditated upon. He uses his own church, Gateway Church, as an example throughout to illustrate his points. All this is wonderful. You’d expect a pastor to use their own church and experiences to make their arguments. However, as a small church pastor, I found myself contrasting my own church with his mega-church, and feeling like I was coming up short. I know this was not Morris’ intention, and that it is my own personal problem. However, I guess I would appreciate seeing more books written by small church pastors about small church health and growth. Growth does not always equal numbers. Growth equals health, and spiritual health is what is emphasized in The Blessed Church. I would recommend this book to any pastor or church leader who could benefit from the truths Morris puts forth from experience. It is well written, easy to understand, and deeply convicting as well as encouraging. Morris is an excellent author as well as pastor. I received this book from Blogging for Book for this review.
Blessed and Order In reviewing this extraordinary book titled “The Blessed Church”, this book gives steps to being a blessed and effective church. The author shares his experience and knowledge in growing a healthy church. It was my understanding while growing up that people came to church because they were sick, but sometimes it is the sick people that are operating the church when they are supposed to help heal. The keys to a Blessed Church section were helpful and provide valuable points as well as scriptures. The author made clear to us that without a vision there is nothing to stand on, but a hallow ground that can cave-in at any time. Communication is necessary in life and in church; church should not be viewed as a way to get what you want nor the use and abuse of power. Church is a place of worship and where like-minded people come together in worshipping God and fellowshipping with one another. Leadership are set in place to sustain order and direction given by the Heavenly Father, with providing the church with goals and/or a mission statement that helps them achieve a greater cause. Leaders and staff should be able to work together in unity and love. The body of the church must be operated under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The author gave us some wonderful principles based on Scripture for guiding the church. I highly recommend this book for the entire church leadership and staff. “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”
Robert Morris in his new book, “The Blessed Church” published by Waterbrook Press gives us The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love. From the Back cover: How can I help my church stay focused on its purpose? What would a culture of generosity look like for my church? What part does rest play in a healthy church? Whether you are a pastor, a volunteer, or a church member, you want your church to grow well. After all, there’s no better place to experience God than in the loving, healthy community of a church. But what does an effective church look like? Is it possible to grow and be healthy at the same time? Pastor Robert Morris has experienced firsthand the spiritual and relational excitement of a growing, dynamic church. In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris brings you practical wisdom for cultivating real growth by nurturing true and Biblical health in your spiritual community. The Greek word for church is “ecclesia” which means, “called out ones”. When he speaks of “church” Pastor Morris is not referring to the building but to the people that make up the body of believers. Wherever it is you attend “The Blessed Church” will help bring health and vitality. In six sections Pastor Morris shows us areas where we can ignite health: The Gateway Story, Blessed Vision, Blessed Shepherds, Blessed Leaders, Blessed Government, Blessed Church Culture. Pastor Morris walks us through what we need to know so that health can begin in us and spread throughout the body of believers and into our neighborhoods. Pastor Morris does a much better job in his book, “The Blessed Church” than I ever will. I recommend reading this book. You will be blessed. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”