Bullied! Confronting and Overcoming Six Major Obstacles
to Church Effectiveness
2016 eLectio Publishing ISBN-1632131358 Paperback, ebook
Bullying is an issue that has taken on renewed emphasis in our electronically-connected, social media world. We’re more aware than ever that bullying happens in many places: in the workplace, on professional sports teams, in schools and on social media. Finding solutions to the problem has become an important part of our cultural conversation. However, there’s one place in society where bullying continues unchecked, where it is rarely confronted and often covertly rewarded: the church.
Pastors, staff, and church members experience bullying with alarming regularity. It’s a prime reason why many churches remain ineffective, in decline or dying.
Using the letter of 1st Corinthians as a guide and the church in Corinth as an example, Bullied! takes a blunt, unflinching look at six internal reasons why our churches are in trouble, and offers avenues of renewal and hope. With this resource you can help your church address what’s holding it back and be part of a solution that brings new life and vitality.
"The author provides a detailed exploration of the spiritual, historical and biblical roots of bullying in the church. His careful dissection of history and biblical texts causes the reading to be slow, but he captures important details that are often ignored due to the poisons spewed by many of the church bullies. Be prepared to dive deep, reflect and pray much as you read. I'm confident you will find encouragement, hope and useful tips for the spiritual battle of dealing with church bullies"
--Eddie Hammett, Author of Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age, President of Transforming Solutions
"A very helpful book that provides practical, spiritual approaches to re-invigorating churches that have been "bullied" - lost focus, can't/won't change, have the wrong priorities. Well written and strongly spiritual in its approach. Personally, it helped me resolve issues from having failed to support a great pastor and seeing that pastor depart the church." --Roger K.
Carrying on the Mission of Jesus: Rediscovering the mission, identity and purpose of the Church
2013 Dove Christian Publishers ISBN-0988380919 Paperback, ebook
You go to church for worship. You sing the songs. You listen to the sermon. And you go home much the same as when you arrived. Church has become just an institutional ritual, far from the dynamic, prayerful, powerful church of the New Testament. However, there is hope.
Receive and experience life-changing spiritual growth through this 12-week devotional--for individual or group use--that offers a challenging, informative journey back to the heart of the early church. This compelling Bible study of the book of Acts examines the mission, the leadership, and the lifestyle of the early church, with the premise that God intended for the body of Christ to be exciting and dangerous, not fixed, bored and apathetic.
Carrying on the Mission of Jesus makes the case that the church is to be an alternative form of community, living in grace, service, love and compassion, and transforming the community around it. If you have ever felt disillusioned, disconnected, or unsure of your destiny in Christ, this study will help connect you back to the heart of God and to the purpose and nature of the church. It's a book for those who have a genuine desire to be radical, to see a revival of Holy Spirit power, prayer, missional motivation, evangelism, and clear purpose in the church.. It is for those who want to bridge the gap between what the church is now, and what the church used to be.
"One of the best Christian books I have read!!! A lot of food for thought, study and learning more about Jesus." --J. Zimmerman
"This is not a call to arms as such: nevertheless, it is an unmistakable exhortation to action; and Pastor Kingrea's writing style comes across as effortlessly lucid and readable. Never is it suggested that the journey will be an "easy" one, but its importance to those who recognize and believe in the original mission of the church as established by Jesus cannot be underestimated. If you've ever wondered what your church is actually DOING, this is the book for you." --S. Dallmann