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Andy Elmes introduces his book, God’s Blueprint for His Church

Why read God’s Blueprint for His Church?

Maybe you can relate to Andy, as he shares in the introduction:

God's Blueprint for His ChurchIt was a Sunday morning, and I was sitting looking at the healthy-sized crowd we had attracted over the last 14 years of “doing church”. We had started with twelve people, and now we represented a crowd across our congregations of well over a thousand. I should have been the happiest man in the world, right? I was happy, but something inside of me was aggravated. I looked across the crowd of good people and started to ask myself certain questions to locate the reason for my discomfort:

  • I have a crowd, but is a crowd what I want?
  • Who is in the crowd?
  • What difference is the crowd having on my city and beyond?
  • Is the crowd consumer-based – only coming when we make it convenient, eating spoon-fed truth but leaving unchanged?
  • Is this what God wants the Church to look like?
  • Are we empowering and mobilising God’s people to be effective ministers in their world, or have we resorted to mere ‘people storage’?

With these questions, a journey of rediscovery began that caused me to rethink the purpose of the Church on the earth. This journey would cause me to question how I was leading and what I was actually building. Was it the Church that Jesus wanted? Many months were spent thinking, asking questions, getting answers, and developing convictions and new persuasions. In the process I joyfully rediscovered the original blueprint for the Church Jesus wants and have recommitted my life to building that. The amazing thing is that the answer was there all the time.

 

Question: Have you read God’s Blueprint for His Church already? How has it impacted your ministry and leadership? How has it impacted your church? What are you doing differently now, that you weren’t doing before?

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2 Tools for Building a 21st-century Church

[subtitle]Do you want to get back to the original blueprint of the church?[/subtitle]

These two resources will help kick-start a new vision and passion for building your church, ministry or team that is both relevant and spiritual

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If you’ve never stopped and taken a look at what your church, ministry, team or organisation does each week, then maybe it’s time to? There are often so many things we do each week, that have been tagged onto our main ministry or service, and have just melded into the mix. Are you still remaining true to the core cause, vision or mandate that got you started in the first place, or have you, without even realising it, become burdened or side-tracked by extra services, facilities, outreaches, groups, ministries, resources and other things that get added along the way?

If you’re at a place where you want to refocus and rebuild, then you need to get a copy of God’s Blueprint for His Church. Andy Elmes – writing from his own experience of re-evaluating and refining everything his own church, Family Church, did – shares his heart to see the 21st century church return to the original blueprint as laid out by Jesus. Not that we return to old-fashioned ways, or re-establish 1st-century methods, but that we find again the heart of the Gospel, and build our churches around that original Commission to “GO”.

Coming Soon, the Workbook for group study

God's Blueprint for His Church WorkbookWe’re excited to announce the soon release of the God’s Blueprint for His Church Workbook, the ideal resource to use alongside the book. Each chapter is packed with questions to provoke deeper thinking and discussion of the subjects raised in the book. It’s set in A4 size, and the price will include the cost of a license to photocopy the pages. You can use this in large or small group settings, with core team leaders, with your whole team, on retreats or at conferences.

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Check out this sample spread from the new God’s Blueprint for His Church Workbook

We’ll announce the price and details of the Workbook very soon, but we wanted to give you a heads up, so you have the chance to start planning ahead for group sessions with your team. You may also know of other churches, leaders, ministries or organisations who would benefit from these resources – why not let them know by sending them the link to this page (or forwarding the email).

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Question: What would change about your church or ministry if you were to rebuild from God’s original 1-st century blueprint?