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In designing this magazine our hope is to deliver relevant and current stories from the front lines of what God is doing here. Every month we will give you reasons why we believe McDowell County is worth our effort and your attention.
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Organic Church

Neil Cole

 

Churches have tried all kinds of ways to attract new and younger members – revised vision statements, hipper worship, contemporary music, livelier sermons, bigger and better auditoriums. And the truth is that attendance at church on Sundays does not necessarily transform lives; God’s presence in our hearts is what changes us. Leaders and laypeople everywhere are realizing that they need new and more powerful ways to help them spread God’s Word. Cole shows readers how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed – restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms,and neighborhoods. – Missional Communities

The Forgotten Ways

Alan Hirsch 

 

Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church–a movement which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million 200 years later. Similar meteoric growth has also been recorded in history and is currently being in many apostolic movements throughout the world today. How do they do it? – Missional Communities

 

The Tangible Kingdom

Hugh Halter

 

Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today’s culture, through any church of any size. In this remarkable book, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay “two missional leaders and church planters” outline an innovative model for creating thriving grass-roots faith communities. – Missional Communities

 
Radical

David Platt

 

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.    – Missional Communities

When Helping Hurts

Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

 

When Helping Hurts creates a new paradigm for partnership by asking Christians to declare and demonstrate among people who are poor that Jesus Christ is making all things new. While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out. – Mission Trips

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D

 

The reality of being poor brings out a survival mentality, and turns attention away from opportunities taken for granted by everyone else. Did you know there is a different set of unwritten rules for those in generational poverty, middle class, and wealthy? There is also a different mode of communication within these groups with different goals and outcomes. This book illustrates the differences and practical steps to improve effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. – Mission Trips

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The Multiply Gathering is a once-a-year simulcast with Francis Chan and David Platt that fuels the purpose of Multiply. The goal is to gather together with other followers of Christ in their local churches and homes and encourage one another in the disciple-making process. – Missional Communities

See the Multipy website