The Blessed Church - Robert Morris

Price: $19.99

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780307729736

Release: 8.21.2012

Religion - Christian Life

Blogger's Website

Read Review on Blogger's Site

Review on Retailer Site

Read Chapter 1

About Robert Morris

Follow on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Share This
5 Stars
Find Retailers on Google

The Blessed Church bt Robert Morris

by Joan Nienhuis
September 19, 2012
5 Stars
0 other readers have rated Joan's review.

Why do you need my email?
Close Window

In order to rank this review we require your email address as proof that, A) You’re a real person (and not a bot) and B) It ensures that only one person can rank a review one time (and protects from bloggers that might try to “pad” their rankings). Your email address will only be used for review rankings as part of the Blogging for Books program and will not be sold to 3rd parties or used by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in any way. That said, if you check the box that says “Send me updates on the latest Christian books,” you’ll receive the WaterBrook Multnomah Bookends eNewsletter (sent monthly). You can always unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time.

Joan's overall score for this review: 0
Joan's average score for this review: 0.0
Close Window

Each review can be ranked and given 1 to 5 stars. Each star is worth one point. If a review is ranked 10 times and each time is given 5 stars, the overall score would be 50 points. For more on scoring visit the FAQ page. For why scoring matters visit the support page.

If you are called to be a shepherd, Morris is passionate about your being as good as you can be. “It's why I've written this book,” he writes. (63) He sets out to address the principles upon which healthy churches are built. He writes, not only about the how-to, but the why as well. He knows about church growth. The church he founded in 2000 now has some 24,000 active members.

Here are a few of the keys to a blessed church: “When faced with a major decision or challenge, don't make a move without first getting alone with God and obtaining His counsel.” (11) “Growth without real health is unsustainable. If you want growth, pursue and monitor health.” (31) “What spiritual injustice bothers you the most? Righting that wrong is a key to your vision for ministry.” (37) “The true shepherd models where he wants the sheep to go. He leads by example.” (71) “Here's a surefire way to spot a true shepherd: he is an equipper. He is able and eager to equip people to do the work of ministry.” (77)

Morris really emphasized the equipping of the saints for ministry, calling it the biblical model. (87) “Every believer is called to minister.” (90) Small groups are the training and practice ground for equipping for ministry. He looks to Jethro's advice to Moses for the balanced pastor's role: pray, teach the Word, and raise up leaders. (He has an extended section on empowering leaders.) Morris uses lots of his own experiences to help pastors understand how to discern their own vision, how to write it, etc. He is very honest about his ow life and the mistakes he has made. And, he is the first to admit his church is far from perfect. “We don't have all the answers.” (181)

If you are a pastor and are looking for a book to help you through your own process of casting a vision for ministry and church, this book is a good choice.

Food for thought: Morris on worship, “Excellence is lifeless if God doesn't show up.” (191)

Robert Morris is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Since it began in 2000, Gateway has grown to more than 16,000 active members. Robert is featured on the weekly television program,The Blessed Life, seen in 80 million homes in the United States and in more than 200 countries around the world. He is the best-selling author of nine books, including The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny,and The Power of Your Words. Robert and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of two

Read the first chapter here. Watch the book trailer here.

WaterBrook Press, 211 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Press for the purpose of this review.

Most Active Bloggers (This Month)

Most Active Bloggers (This Year)


This content requires the Flash Player. Please Download and install it here.