Open Road: The Adventure of a Breakthrough Prayer Initiative (Paperback)
What's gone wrong in a perfectly good faith-filled, well-intentioned, settled-in congregation that's instead become plateaued or even started into decline? Maybe like yours, or a church that you know.Perhaps it's happened gradually as the church has become comfortable and complacent over time. Or, maybe the rapidly changing factors of our current community and world environment have resulted in us church-goers hanging on even more tightly to each other, our facility and our budget to just survive? "What's gone wrong?" we wonder.
A better question might be to ask, "What is missing?" The answer to that question is straightforward and non-negotiable. In Open Road, Sue Nilson Kibbey seeks to help readers embrace and deploy the missing ingredient anew in their own personal lives and in the life of your church.
Sue Nilson Kibbey has been a church pastor, trainer, consultant and author who has been following the Holy Spirit's relentless leading to every part of the country. As a ministry practitioner Kibbey has been sharing with countless numbers of churches, leaders and members a set of simple, practical steps to guide their addition of this mainspring missing ingredient to church life and leadership. As the amazing stories from church after church keep rolling in, the author has also become a storyteller. Kibbey recounts the breakthroughs at churches large, small, rural, suburban, urban, historic, new, multiethnic, multicultural - all bearing witness to the endlessly creative ways God has invited them onward to actively deliver and fulfill the message and mission of Christ.
The author's intent is to inspire you about what is Divinely possible, provide you a practical path of steps you can take with ideas you could deploy to add this ingredient and recount a few of the many stories from your sister churches that may add to your inspiration.
Sue had me at movement. As a part of the district leadership, we have included breakthrough prayer in every initiative of the district and have seen a correlation between a commitment to breakthrough prayer and commitment to the initiative. I am excited to see Open Road as a part of the journey of The Greatest Expedition. Sharing the process and practical examples makes this accessible for every church and church member. This is a must have book
Michelle Holmes Chaney
The United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia
If it feels like your church is stuck in neutral and even your best efforts can't seem to get you in gear, God has been preparing you for the Open Road. In this power-packed read, Sue Nilson Kibby invites us on a spiritual adventure. With deep truths, real life stories and practical applications, Sue shows us how any church can breakthrough spiritual and organizational blockades to once again become a movement of God.
Ronald Bell, Jr.
Lead Pastor, Camphor Memorial UMC
Starting any new expedition on our knees is always recommended, but certainly we must do so when discerning next faithful steps in the life of the church. Sue provides a clear road map of how to wrap your next high adventure in prayer and allow God to lead and break through in incredible ways.
Director, The Greatest Expedition
Open Road unfurls a map that isn't reliant on trendy best practices, big budgets, large church staffs, or fancy technology. Instead, it presents the reader new ways to engage with the one essential element that we all have at our disposal - prayer.
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