June 11th, 2013

4 Free Book Summaries for Church Leaders

If you’ve not yet heard of our free book summaries, I want to introduce you to SUMS. These are FREE book summaries from authors like Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger, Andy Stanley, Matt Chandler, and Reggie McNeal. Not only are these book summaries – SUMS – short and complete, they also include Go Ahead actions from our Auxano Navigators for practical, you-can-do-this application in your church!

Click below to download these 4 SUMS immediately. And, inside each SUMS, you’ll find Sharing buttons so you can send them to your friends on Twitter and Facebook. I love serving the Kingdom with these high-quality resources!

SimpleChurch_SUMS_smClick here to get the SUMS of Simple Church, by Dr. Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger.

Simple Church is designed around a straightforward and strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth. The leadership and the church are clear about the process (clarity) and are committed to executing it. The process flows logically (movement) and is implemented in each area of the church (alignment).

Deep and Wide by Andy StanleyClick here to get the SUMS of Deep and Wide, by Andy Stanley.

As the title Deep and Wide indicates, Andy Stanley thinks that a healthy local church can be, and should be, both deep and wide. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. Local churches should be characterized by deep roots and wide reaches. Church should be theologically sound and culturally relevant. The church should be bold in its proclamation and winsome in its approach.

Creature of the WordClick here to get the SUMS of Creature of the Word, by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger.

The Reformers viewed the gospel as not merely one thing among many in the life of a church but rather the means by which the church exists. In twelve chapters, the authors provide practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church whose goal is to have its theology, culture, and practice completely saturated in the gospel.

Present Future by Reggie McNealClick here to get the SUMS of Present Future, by Reggie McNeal.

The Present Future is written for congregation leaders, pastors, and church staffs as“polemical volume” aimed to provoke “conversations that lead to action, to risk, to rediscovery of mission.” McNeal argues the prevalent North American church model has “largely forsaken its missional covenant with God to be a part of kingdom expansion.” He sees and explores six new realities he hopes can reshape the North American Christian movement.

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