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  1. 7.8 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Most churches merely exist. Many churches do not develop leaders intentionally and consistently. When leaders emerge from some churches, it is often by accident. Something is missing. Something is off. Authors Eric Geiger (author of bestselling Simple Church and Creature of the Word) and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church. From the first recordings of history God has made it clear that He has designed creation to be led by His covenant people. More than that, He has decided what His people are to do with that leadership. Whether you are called to lead your home, in the marketplace, in God’s church, or in your community, if you are called by God you are called to lead others to worship the glory of God in Jesus Christ. God has designed His people to lead.

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    Designed to Lead

    7.8 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.3 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Should we actually practice church discipline today? Is it unloving?_x000D_ _x000D_ Once an ordinary part of church life, churches gradually stopped practicing church discipline in the 20th century. But Jesus commands it. Paul practiced it. And churches benefit from it. Why practice church discipline? It shows love for the individual caught in sin, love for the whole church, love for non-Christian neighbors, and love for the glory of Christ._x000D_ _x000D_ In the Church Basics Series, trusted church experts write practical, trustworthy resources on issues like Church Discipline, the Lord's Supper, and Baptism that every pastor can hand every church member. _x000D_

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    Understanding Church Discipline

    2.3 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.0 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Nine out of ten churches in America are either declining or growing slower than the community in which they are located. Stated simply, 90 percent of American churches are losing ground in their communities. Change is not an option; it is an urgent need. We donu2019t change our doctrines and biblical foundations, but we do change our methodologies and approaches for this rapidly changing culture. Based on the studies, consultations, and research of over 50,000 churches, best-selling author, Thom S. Rainer, shares how effective change has taken place in many churches. While it is not a formulaic approach, Who Moved My Pulpit? is a clear guide for church leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo, and who yearn for their churches and ministries to make a kingdom difference. True transformational change in the church is possible._x000D_

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    Who Moved My Pulpit?

    3.0 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.3 hrs • 5/9/2016 • Unabridged

    What exactly is a reformed pastor? In this six lecture series, Dr. Ian Hamilton demonstrates that the ideal characteristics of the reformed pastor are found in Jesus Christ. Christ came to serve, and throughout history, God has used men who are dependent upon the Holy Spirit to be servants of His people. Dr. Hamilton demonstrates Godu2019s faithfulness to this pattern through the lives and ministries of men like Samuel Rutherford and John Calvin. This study will not only provide a portrait of the reformed pastor, but it will also show how God conforms local churches to the image of Christ through the ordinary means of grace._x000D_

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    The Reformed Pastor Teaching Series

    2.3 hrs • 5/9/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.8 hrs • 3/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Flourishing people are strong and weak. Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living—withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing, says Andy Crouch, travels down an unexpected path—being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders—people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made. With the characteristic insight, memorable stories and hopeful realism he is known for, Andy Crouch shows us how to walk this path so that the image of God can shine through us. Not just for our own good, but for the sake of others. If you want to become the kind of person whose influence leads to healthy communities, someone with the strength to be compassionate and generous, this is the book for you. Regardless of your stage or role in life, whether or not you have a position of leadership, here is a way of love and risk so that we all, even the most vulnerable, can flourish.

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    Strong and Weak

    4.8 hrs • 3/12/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Speakers often use the words vision, boldness, and influence to describe the characteristics of effective leaders. Perry Noble, in The Most Excellent Way to Lead, makes the case that the heart of great leadership lies elsewhere. Perry, despite “winning” the label “least likely to succeed” in high school, beat the odds against him. Today, he inspires thousands of people every weekend to live for something greater than themselves. He credits this achievement to the leadership principles he has learned from the Bible. Surprisingly, the essence of leadership that produces genuine growth is buried in a Bible chapter often read at weddings. In this groundbreaking book, Perry walks us through that leadership chapter, describing the fifteen qualities of an inspirational leader.Whether you are an entrepreneur or a new parent, this book will encourage you to see every opportunity in life as a chance to lead in the “most excellent way.”

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    The Most Excellent Way to Lead

    6.2 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.3 hrs • 1/14/2016 • Unabridged

    When leaders inspire their teams with a vision of what is possible, passion meets production and truly great things start to happen. Craig Johnson offers a fresh look at the importance of building teams when the goal is not only success but fulfillment. Lead Vertically includes tools and exercises that can be adapted by any leader for teams of any size, as well as tips for recruiting, training, and strengthening teams. Leaders will learn to inspire, build trust, and motivate their teams by consistently and clearly communicating that the best days are ahead.

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    Lead Vertically

    7.3 hrs • 1/14/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.1 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    In his first official book published as Pope, in celebration of his Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal dialogue. At the center of this book is the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. These pages resonate with a desire to reach all those souls who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—his reasons for proclaiming a Holy Year of Mercy. He reiterates that the Church cannot close the door on anyone—that, on the contrary, its duty is to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done. And to those who already count themselves among the ranks of the just, Francis counsels, “Even the Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God.” The Name of God Is Mercy is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.

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    The Name of God Is Mercy

    Translated by Oonagh Stransky
    3.1 hrs • 1/12/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.0 hrs • 11/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment—one that fosters meaningful, lasting connections—doesn’t just happen. So pull up a chair. Let’s talk about how to make it happen. Bill Willits and bestselling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly eight thousand adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta. Simply put, the five principles clearly described here have passed the test. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy—strategy that builds a small group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind He uses to change our lives. Put this proven method to work in your ministry and enjoy the tangible results—God’s people doing life together.

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    Creating Community

    3.0 hrs • 11/15/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.7 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    You can be young, passionate about Jesus Christ, surrounded by diversity, engaged in a postmodern world, reared in evangelicalism and not be an emergent Christian. In fact, I want to argue that it would be better if you weren’t. The Emergent Church is a strong voice in today’s Christian community. And they’re talking about good things: caring for the poor, peace for all men, loving Jesus. They’re doing church a new way, not content to fit the mold. Again, all good. But there’s more to the movement than that. Much more. Kevin and Ted are two guys who, demographically, should be all over this movement. But they’re not. And Why We’re Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why. From both a theological and an on-the-street perspective, Kevin and Ted diagnose the emerging church. They pull apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs, helping you see for yourself what it’s all about.

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    Why We’re Not Emergent

    7.7 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.1 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Pius ran the world’s largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler—while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler’s homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler’s bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing. The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a US-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius’ secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the “fiery words” he wanted. Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican’s doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented book that will change perceptions of how the world’s greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

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    Church of Spies

    10.1 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.2 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged

    H3 Leadership provides a practical road map for implementing and living out the transformational habits of a leader. True leadership can be complex. Brad Lomenick keeps it simple with the three transformational habits of leadership: stay hungry, be humble, always hustle. These powerful words describe the leader who is willing to work hard, get it done, and make sure it’s not about him or her; the leader who knows that influence is about developing the right habits for success. H3 Leadership is an application-driven, practical leadership resource that provides much needed guidance on how to run the leadership race well. Based on a decade of work with Catalyst and the gathered insights of leaders in a wide range of fields, H3 Leadership gives leaders a critical edge by showing how to develop an appetite for what’s next, outwork everyone else, set standards that scare you, and forge partnerships with coworkers and competitors. Listeners of this highly practical audio book will find it chock-full of easy-to-incorporate tips for catalytic leadership.

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    H3 Leadership

    Read by Stu Gray
    6.2 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.2 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    Pastor, preacher, and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller’s wisdom on communicating the Christian faith, from the pulpit as well as from the coffee shop Most Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus, and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps listeners learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way.

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    Preaching

    6.2 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.8 hrs • 4/9/2015 • Unabridged

    Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with perceptive insight from the life of Moses, Barton explores topics such as facing the loneliness of leadership, leading from your authentic self, reenvisioning the promised land, and more.

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    Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

    Foreword by Leighton Ford
    Read by Teres Byrne
    6.8 hrs • 4/9/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.9 hrs • 12/15/2014 • Unabridged

    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom S. Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this vast experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have perished. From those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s kingdom.

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    Autopsy of a Deceased Church

    1.9 hrs • 12/15/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.8 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm—the number of churchless adults in the United States has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna and David Kinnaman, Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchless will help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage.

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    Churchless

    3.8 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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