Fruitful Church

This small book packs a big punch – Mark Sayers
Excellent. Well written and easy to read, focused and practical Peter Roennfeldt

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[Also available at Koorong Books]

What is real success for a church?
What are we aiming for?

If it’s all about size and health, then why did Jesus curse that big, healthy-looking fig tree? Could it be that we are aiming to shape churches that will impress everyone but him? What does a truly fruitful church look like?

Fruitful Church exposes how, ironically, the typical aims of growth and health actually choke real life from churches. It explores an alternative vision that refreshes every aspect of local church life and compels it to awaken from static religious institution towards the dynamic missional movement that God first planted.

This book is a thought provoking manifesto for intentional sending. We raise our children to mature, leave home, and start new households. Why is this the norm for families, but the exception for churches? What would it take, and what might it look like, if we saw ourselves afresh as a sent and sending people? What happened when one church tried?

Easy to read. Prophetically challenging.
– Darren Cronshaw

Deep theological and practical insight in a down-to-earth, digestible, and often humorous way. The insight in the first chapter that a fruitful church is different from a healthy church or a growing church is worth the price of the whole book! Highly recommended for any pastor wanting to change the culture of the church to more closely following Jesus into fruitfulness.
– Ben Sternke

Fruitful Church is a short, sharp challenge that can be read in one evening. It includes discussion questions for small groups and leadership teams.

 

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  1. This book is not one that rides the wave of the ever changing church fads. The contents are challenging and deserve to be taken seriously. Surely God’s intent for the church is to produce fruit that multiplies congregations. All leaders of churches should study and consider the church’s response.

  2. Tremendous book!
    Subtitle “A manifesto for sending” sells the book short – it is all that and more. Very thought provoking, it thoroughly shows the (mostly un-noticed) link between discipleship and church planting within mission, and challenges us to a completely different way of viewing what we attempt to achieve in our church gatherings. It has challenged me to put an expectation of sending upfront in our own church plant. As a medic, I particularly appreciated the metaphor of unblocking the retentive church. I prescribe this book as a suppository, to be inserted liberally around the contemporary church 🙂

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