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Fruitful Leaders [Paperback]

Marcus Honeysett
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15 July 2011

How can you be an effective leader-maker/leader-making church? There s a critical need right now for new leaders in churches - this should never be the preserve of the elite few. This book will help you identify, encourage and keep new leaders, planning for maximum effectiveness in the long-term future.

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1. GOD LOVES YOUR CHURCH

Main principle: God wants to build up your local church, and he provides gifts of spiritual leadership to help the flock grow.

Communities of Christians come in many shapes, sizes and flavours. God is using large and small churches, multicultural and mono-cultural churches, churches with lively worship styles that appeal to the young, and churches that prefer solid older hymns, to witness to neighbourhoods and to the world. Bible-believing churches may exhibit many surface differences, but one thing is true of them all: God loves local churches. He wants to see them built up and flourishing.

Local churches are God's idea, not human institutions. The Bible describes them as the household of God. It says that God lives in the middle of these communities of disciples, through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22). Jesus revealed just how important churches are to God. He promised God's spiritual provision and protection as we participate in God s plans and purposes when he said, I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus is committed to building his church around the world. And in case you are still in any doubt about how valuable churches are to God, he says in Ephesians 1 that he has made Jesus head over everything in the whole universe for the church. Just imagine that - Jesus is exerting his ruling power in heaven for the good of your church here on earth. Maybe you are part of a church where this reality feels a long way from your current experience, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. God wants your church to thrive. That might not mean spectacular growth in numbers, but it will mean all the believers knowing and enjoying God and falling deeper and deeper in love with Jesus Christ.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ivp (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844745449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844745449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As timely as it is wise; as practical as it is focused; as convicting as it is scriptural. Marcus's book should be read and acted upon by all those who love the local church, whether leaders or not.' --Adrian Reynolds, Director of Ministry, The Proclamation Trust

The ideas here are radical as well as utterly Biblical and practical ... this book provides a refreshing and realistic agenda for healthy and productive change in churches large and small. --Jonathan Lamb, Chairman of the Keswick Convention

About the Author

Marcus Honeysett is the Founding Director of 'Living Leadership', a network dedicated to training and nurturing biblical leaders. He regularly speaks at events around the UK and abroad. He is married to Ros and they live in Kent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fruitful please! 11 Aug 2011
By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE
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God loves the local church. He longs for health and flourishing. He provides spiritual gifts of leadership to see growth. So this is thorough, engaging, broad, welcomed and refreshing input from Marcus Honeysett meaningfully resources this goal.

Probing questions are some of the key legacy of Honeysett's writing. There will be a breadth of contexts where this title with have searching, biblical and lasting vocational effect. Scriptural and accessible with the points for consideration having particular help in the potential of leadership. The value of the appendices is almost worth the price of the book! Solid and full of safe wisdom for the way in serving Jesus!
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Marcus Honeysett is the founding director of Living Leadership, a network encouraging evangelicals of various expressions to work together in training and equipping leaders. fruitful leaders (why do publishers think something is more enticing without capitals?) is a solid and fairly basic approach to leadership in the local church. The carefully nuanced language of the book, emphasising grace and generally avoiding reference to the active ministry of the Holy Spirit, betrays its bias in the Word and Spirit balance. This is particularly clear in the chapter on relying on the Holy Spirit. The insight about service is valid and helpful, but there is no reference to infilling, anointing, baptism or other language for personal encounter with the Holy Spirit. There is a tacit understanding that leadership is male. Honeysett is fond of the adjective spiritual and uses it as if our spiritual life, leadership, and gifts are somehow separate from the rest of life. We do not have spiritual lives; we have lives which we learn to live spiritually, that are lived in full awareness of the presence of God.
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