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Whether you are a pastor, a volunteer, or a church member, you want your church to grow well. After all, there's no better place to experience God than in the loving, healthy community of a church. But what does an effective church look like? Is it possible to grow and be healthy at the same time?
Pastor Robert Morris has experienced firsthand the spiritual and relational excitement of a growing, dynamic church. In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris brings you practical wisdom for cultivating real growth by nurturing true and Biblical health in your spiritual community.
"In The Blessed Church Robert Morris reveals why Gateway Church in Dallas-Fort Worth has become not just one of the largest churches in America but also one of the most influential. Robert's devoted, attentive shepherding of this great fl ock is one reason why Gateway is so'blessed.' In The Blessed Church the biblical principles that lead to true success in the body of Christ are carefully explained. If you love the local church, as both Robert and I do, you won't want to miss the insights found in this helpful and practical book."
--Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; and president, The Urban Alternative
"Our world desperately needs healthy, vibrant churches, so I'm so thankful Robert Morris has written The Blessed Church--a book that draws on the Gateway 'back story' to describe the qualities of a healthy local church. More than anything, a heart for God and a love of people define the ministry of Pastor Morris and Gateway Church. If you want a growing vitality in your church, you will profit from every page of The Blessed Church."
--Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands
"How has your church remained so healthy while growing so quickly?"
Robert Morris gets this question a lot. In other words, people want to know: "What's your secret?"
In The Blessed Church: The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love, Pastor Robert Morris unfolds why Gateway Church in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth is one of America's fastest-growing, spiritually enriching local churches--and still one of its healthiest. Written for both church leaders and lay people, The Blessed Church looks at the qualities that make church "work" in the twenty-first century and how that can enrich your church--whatever its size or vision.
With the humor and powerful stories he's known for, Morris shows how every component of your church--including mission, church government, teaching, worship, small groups, giving, and outreach--can receive God's richest blessings. Rather than bemoaning the problems of the contemporary evangelical church, The Blessed Church celebrates the expanding role of the body of Christ in the lives of individuals--starting right where you and your church are today.
The Blessed Church by Robert Morris was published by Waterbrook Press in September 2014 and is our 23914th best seller. The ISBN for The Blessed Church is 9780307729750.