“Alan Briggs challenges our modern view of creativity and calls the church to be a force in our communities. This book will inspire you to take the risks you’ve been avoiding.” Mark Batterson, pastor and bestselling author of The Circle Maker
“Stop being pulled into comparison and competition by reading this terrific book” Greg McKeown, bestselling author of Essentialism
Believe it or not, everyone’s a genius at something. We just need to uncover and release it for the sake of the world.
Every member of your church comes with a unique set of God-given skills and talents. As a church leader, you have the weighty task of uncovering and validating them. Your challenge is to help your members identify and unleash their gifts to bring glory to God. But in our selfie-focused society, this task can feel overwhelming.
God doesn’t see two groups: his gifted children and the rest of us. He didn’t give the Great Commission only to the extremely talented—musicians, writers, artists, pastors, and church staff. He gave it to all of us. To each of us. So, how do we help our members find their “sweet spots” of service in the kingdom?
In Everyone’s a Genius, author, pastor, and leadership consultant Alan Briggs, shares his belief that bringing out the abilities of often overlooked Christians—those whose unique skill sets are not as easily identifiable—remains a key component that will determine the church’s impact in this and coming generations. This is an inspiring look at how we can more effectively motivate Christians to leverage their personal abilities for Christ.
The truth is, reading this book is risky! It can change how you see every person you’re leading. It can make you see your community differently. It can help you find gifts within your church family that will surprise you. It can also unlock something within you that you never knew mattered to God. It can expand your vision of the world, deepen your appreciation for “the least of these,” and refocus the mission of your church.
Perhaps God will use this book to take you on a journey toward a more appropriate theology of creativity. Yes, it’s a risk, but a risk we simply must take to impact the world for Jesus.
Are you in?
Staying is the new Going; September 2015
“Read the book you hold in your hands right now. It might change everything by calling you not to change a thing.”
– From the foreword by Michael Frost
“Simple and on point. The relevance of local churches in the West rests on these principles.”
– Dave Runyon, coauthor of The Art of Neighboring and director of CityUnite
People are longing to put down roots again. Gardens, fixie bikes and neighborhood gatherings are visible signs of this yearning to become characters in our places.In Jeremiah 29 an exiled Judah is challenged to dwell well, even while they were in exile, and work for the good of Babylon. Perhaps you feel like an exile right now. What about joining God’s mission right where you are?
“Staying is the new going” doesn’t mean we should never cross oceans to help others, but most people should “stay forth” instead of going forth. Global engagement should not come at the cost of local disengagement. God is already at work in your place. You don’t need to bring Him there; just join Him.
Staying is the new going blends simple principles and stories of people who have taken the plunge into the heart of their places. The book is full of real stories and simple principles you can apply tomorrow in your place. Joining God’s mission doesn’t require a passport. God’s people everywhere, even in the most ordinary places, are starting to choose roots over wings.
Guardrails; September 2016
“Alan Briggs offers us six simple principles for becoming a multiplying church. I wish we had had those six principles to build upon twenty years ago.” – From the foreword by Dave Ferguson
“This book is a foundational and profound reminder that the effectiveness of the Gospel in our time hinges on our capacity to disciple the nations.” – Alan Hirsch, award winning author, founder of Forge Mission Training Network
“Do you have an intentional process for making disciples?” I will never forget the moment I heard this question. Most people, including me at the time, would have to answer “no”.
There is a growing epidemic in the church. Most people have never been discipled and have no idea how to make them. Jesus commanded us to make disciples as we are going through the course of life- working, eating, discussing, driving, playing, praying, listening. Making disciples is not a suggestion; it’s a command.
But there’s good news, really good news. While not every person will be labeled a leader by others around them, God has put the potential to make disciples in every single follower of Jesus. Making disciples is simple. I would never tell you it’s easy, but it’s more simple than we think. Without healthy disciples we have no healthy leaders. Without healthy leaders we have no healthy churches. Period. Most churches I encounter are looking for something to grab onto, something to give them focus and keep them on track.
Guardrails: 6 Principles for a Multiplying Church originally started with folks gathered in cafes and breakfast joints trying to learn to obey Jesus and not wander as far from God each week. Then it made it’s way into the foundational teaching of our apprenticeship process and the Frontline Church Planting residency. What started on napkins and over coffee is now shaping leaders across the country.
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