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Resources by Gary L. McIntosh

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Deuteronomy: Holman Old Testament Commentary (HOTC)

Deuteronomy: Holman Old Testament Commentary (HOTC)

by Gary L. McIntosh

The unique format of the Holman Old Testament Commentary is designed to encourage new interest in the Scriptures, expanded Bible knowledge, and discovery of specific scriptural principles and relevant applications. Each book in the series includes: "In a Nutshell" summary of the content and teaching of the chapt… Read more…

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures

by Gary L. McIntosh and Samuel D. RimaSr.

The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. This pace-setting volume addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work.Using biblical and … Read more…

One Church, Four Generations: Understanding and Reaching All Ages in Your Church

One Church, Four Generations: Understanding and Reaching All Ages in Your Church

by Gary L. McIntosh

The challenge facing today's church is simultaneous and effective ministry to people of four widely divergent generations. More than at any time in history, pastors must plan programs that will appeal to a mosaic of groups and subgroups. This updated edition of Three Generations: Riding the Waves of Change in Your Church adds an entirely new section on B… Read more…

Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

by Gary L. McIntosh

All local churches experience a predictable life cycle of growth and decline. But if a church is on a downward trend, how can it turn around? Taking Your Church to the Next Level explains the impact of age and size on churches and outlines the improvements that must be made at each point for a church to remain fruitful and faithful to its mission. McIntosh d… Read more…

There's Hope for Your Church: First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth

There's Hope for Your Church: First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth

by Gary L. McIntosh

A startling 85% of churches in the US are plateaued or declining, a trend that has been building for the past fifty years. In the face of shrinking attendance and lagging spiritual growth, pastors and church leaders are understandably discouraged and demoralized. But the first step to turning things around is hope. Church health expert Gary McIntosh offers t… Read more…

What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church

What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church

by Gary L. McIntosh and Charles Arn

Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders ha… Read more…

Look Back, Leap Forward: Building Your Church on the Values of the Past

Look Back, Leap Forward: Building Your Church on the Values of the Past

by Gary L. McIntosh

The rapid changes all around us in the new millennium may cause one of two errors: wishing to return to an idealized past or refusing to look back at all. Both patterns of thinking lead to ineffective churches and communities. Look Back, Leap Forward challenges Christian leaders to balance the two extremes: look back to find the core values that give meaning… Read more…

Growing God's Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today

Growing God's Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today

by Gary L. McIntosh

It's no secret that the evangelism methods of yesterday are not yielding the kinds of results they did in the 1970s and 1980s. So how are new Christians hearing the Gospel today? How are they finding churches? And what makes them stay at a church? The answers to these questions have the power to dramatically alter the way we do outreach. And Dr. McIntosh… Read more…

Building the Body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church

Building the Body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church

by Gary L. McIntosh and Phil Stevenson

Just as a physically healthy person--at an ideal weight and with good blood pressure and cholesterol numbers--might not actually be fit enough to run a 5k, so churches can appear healthy--with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size--and yet not exhibit fitness. A fit church is one that is not satisfied with merely coasting along with no problems. A fi… Read more…

Biblical Church Growth: How You Can Work with God to Build a Faithful Church

Biblical Church Growth: How You Can Work with God to Build a Faithful Church

by Gary L. McIntosh

Every pastor wants to have a vibrant, dynamic church. There are many popular models for church growth based on outstanding churches led by outstanding pastors. But unfortunately, specific models are temporary and go out of style quickly. Author Gary McIntosh explores the biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today's culture. Instead o… Read more…

Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church

Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church

by Gary L. McIntosh

All churches like to think that theirs is the friendliest in town. But do visitors see it that way? Church consultant Gary McIntosh invites readers to take a look at their church through the eyes of visitors and potential visitors. His starting point, grounded in an understanding of God as a "welcomer," is that churches should see those who enter t… Read more…