Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a "second life."
Making Church Mergers Work
Author: Jim Tomberlin,Warren Bird
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
7 WAYS TO WIN WITH WOMEN provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers happier with better products/services, and your employees much more fulfilled. Women. One half of our species and over half of the earth's population. We cannot live without them and technology cannot and will not thrive robustly in the long term without them. And yet, if you survey the landscape of founders who've greated the most successful tech companies of recent years--all white males. Zuckerberg, Dorsey, Cheskey, Kalanick, Evan Spiegel...captains of Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Snapchat----revolutionary founders who have created massively valuable companies impacting billions. The goal of 7 WAYS is to provide managers, employees, CEOs, and board members a guide to build sustainable robust female workforce at all levels.
8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits
Author: Jonathan Sposato
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
In Better Together, each spread starts with a single animal, all alone. Then a gatefold opens to reveal that the single animal is actually one of many animals working together to comfort, feed, and protect one another. At the end, we see how human families come together in similar ways to care for their little ones. Careful readers will be delighted to see that every animal mentioned in the book is hidden somewhere in the last image. The final spread offers interesting facts about the animals in the book, including the collective nouns for each. Jared Andrew Schorr’s bright, lively cut-paper illustrations and an unexpected freshness round out a very satisfying package.
A Book of Family
Author: Barbara Joosse,Anneke Lisberg
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Better Together explores how people gather in groups of all kinds to fulfill the basic human need for companionship. From the smallest units of parents, siblings and friends to global organizations that try to build on a foundation of common human experience to meet their goals, people working together are a powerful force for change. Too often, we look at someone and see all the ways we are different. People all around the world come together to build things, teach and entertain each other, and provide everything from better health care to good food to security and education. Better Together examines the many ways we are the same, no matter where we live.
Creating Community in an Uncertain World
Author: Nikki Tate
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Community Is the Surprising Solution to Your Self-Help Needs Exercise. Eat right. Share your faith. Produce fruit for God. Oh, and try to relax. Ever feel like trying to succeed is all about you? Or that trying to "die to yourself" only makes you more self-focused? The Bible certainly has a lot to say about "me," but it has much more to say about "we." In fact, there are over 100 passages in the Bible where the two words "let us" are used. Let us not give up meeting together . . . let us encourage one another . . . let us serve one another. Could it be that the only way to fix "me" is found in "we"? In Better Together, pastor Rusty George teaches how to satisfy your deepest needs through the power of "us." Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world around us better. Learn how to live in true community to find the fulfillment you've been looking for.
Discover the Power of Community
Author: Rusty George
Publisher: Baker Books
Bring students, teachers, and administrators together to facilitate higher school achievement Better Together presents a tour through one of the modern era’s most important educational innovations, and provides smart strategy for working optimally within the school network sphere. There are more than 50 high-quality scaled charter networks in the U.S.; most share a learning model, professional supports, and—increasingly—platform tools. Although these charter schools get most of the attention, there are over a dozen other networks that connect district schools and provide design principles, curriculum materials, technology tools, and professional learning opportunities to streamline school improvement and help build great new schools from scratch. This book details some of the many success stories, and includes expert analysis of learning models, strategies, and innovations that are making quality scalable and helping schools produce more positive student outcomes. Illustrative examples from the New Tech Network, Summit Public Schools, Big Picture, and other big-name networks provide both guidance and inspiration, while expert discussion clarifies essential details and processes for implementation. Teachers and administrators will find much food for thought both inside and outside of a school network system. Examine proven learning models for scaled school networks Explore the latest innovations for more effective collaborations Read success stories from school networks across the country Learn smart strategies for optimizing the educational network experience Digital platforms have transformed the way we connect with friends, family, colleagues, and businesses. That revolution has finally come to education, opening doors to collaboration, resource expansion, and school success. Better Together explores beyond disruption to show how the U.S. K-12 system is truly evolving.
How to Leverage School Networks For Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning
Author: Tom Vander Ark,Lydia Dobyns
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Love kindles when a fake engagement brings best friends together. World Champion snowboarder, Wyatt Fernandez, should be hitting the slopes in the Andes and spending his days teaching as the new ski instructor. But an emergency means he’s heading off the family’s tree farm with his best friend, Harper. She’s too busy with her books and earning tenure to notice his hopes for more than friendship. Homebody and nutritionist, Dr. Harper Bright, must let go of her coveted summer research position so she can help on the tree farm...with Wyatt. He might push past her comfort zone, but he has always “gotten” her. She doesn’t want to scare off her best friend just because he is suddenly far more interesting than the nutritional benefits of broccoli. In order to keep their friendship intact, Harper has to pretend she is not infatuated with her best friend. When Wyatt names Harper as his fiancé to appease his father and prevent returning to Chile early, he never dreams Harper might actually have to play the part. Wyatt wants more than a reluctant fake fiancé. And he has one last summer to convince Harper that they’re better together. "An author I can always count upon to engage my mind and warm my heart." - Ramla Zareen Ahmad, Author of Light-Hearted Romance. AUTHOR INTERVIEW Q: Why do you write? A: I was not on the school newspaper team, but because my mother was the advisor for it, when someone didn't turn in their assigned article, I often got selected as a volunteer to fill that spot. The school administrators liked to see articles about the aquaculture project the district had gotten a grant for, but everyone hated writing about the boring, smelly fish. One February, the assigned student went AWOL and I sat in my last period study hall trying to figure out how I could combine tilapia and Valentine's day into an article that would make my mother happy. The resulting article, which started off with a line that included, "Could there be love lurking beneath the murky depths?" won an award from the county paper, and ran on the front page of the school newspaper. I sat in the school cafeteria and watched people read my article and laugh. It was a great feeling, not winning the award or having my article lead, but because I had made people smile. That's why I write. Q: What books do you write? A: I write clean and wholesome contemporary romance with humor set in small towns and rural areas. I'm back on the straight and narrow from my wild high school days; no more fish erotica. The reading order for my series follows below. SWEET HAVEN FARM HARVEST MOON HOMECOMING (novella) BETTER TOGETHER (book 1) Q: Why should readers pick up your books? A: You'll get all the feel-good tingles of a great love story with no graphic sex, swearing or violence. You'll laugh along with relatable heroines and hunky heroes as they weather life's storms and fall in love. I enjoy throwing in some fun science, history and local, rural trivia (Did you know that you can hold an egg in the palm of your hand and squeeze as hard as you can and it won't crack?) so you might learn something. I hope my books are uplifting and encouraging. You'll laugh, maybe cry, but you'll finish the book with a great feeling of satisfaction. To quote St. Paul, "Love never fails." Be sure to scroll up and hit that BUY NOW button to be swept away into a world of love, laughs, and of course, romance!
Author: Jessie Gussman
Publisher: City Owl Press
Being a mom is hard, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Are you trying to do this mothering thing alone? So focused on the kids that you’re hungry for friendships of your own? Have good friendships, but you want to enjoy them more? Jill Savage, mother of five, knows those challenges well, and she’s here to help. Presenting a compelling vision of motherhood as a group effort, Better Together shows how you can: Combat isolation and enjoy a supportive mothering community Increase your social confidence and stop the comparison game Deepen your friendships as you share life with others Strengthen trust and build friendships without fear Increase your joy and thrive as a mom All these things are possible. Dive into this storehouse of creative ideas for how to make mothering easier, richer, and more fun than you ever thought it could be.
Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone
Author: Jill Savage
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Category: Family & Relationships
Sheridan Gray has discovered a secret. Sharing it would get her career back on track. But it would also hurt those she loves... An unputdownable novel from bestselling author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Emily Bleeker. When Sheridan loses her job as a journalist at Dublin's biggest newspaper, she's determined to come back fighting. Forced to take a position in a small country town, this seems impossible... until she discovers that the closer she gets to a certain handsome man in the town, the tougher it is to expose their secrets. When it comes to love or success, will Sheridan go with her heart or her head?
Author: Sheila O'Flanagan
Discusses "how to design a part of your homeschool day where the entire family can learn together. This time, known as 'Morning Time,' has exploded in popularity since its inclusion in Sarah Mackenzie's [book] Teaching From Rest. Now homeschool mom and former teacher Pam Barnhill breaks down the practice for every homeschooler"--Back cove
Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most
Author: Pam Barnhill
Category: Christian education
Most of us live our lives by accident???we live as it happens. Fulfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose. This unique and delightful little book makes the point that together is better in a quite unexpected way. Simon Sinek, bestselling author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, blends the wisdom he has gathered from around the world with a heartwarming, richly illustrated original fable -- publisher.
A Little Book of Inspiration
Author: Simon Sinek
Category: Business & Economics
In his acclaimed bestselling book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam described a thirty-year decline in America's social institutions. The book ended with the hope that new forms of social connection might be invented in order to revive our communities. In Better Together, Putnam and longtime civic activist Lewis Feldstein describe some of the diverse locations and most compelling ways in which civic renewal is taking place today. In response to civic crises and local problems, they say, hardworking, committed people are reweaving the social fabric all across America, often in innovative ways that may turn out to be appropriate for the twenty-first century. Better Together is a book of stories about people who are building communities to solve specific problems. The examples Putnam and Feldstein describe span the country from big cities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago to the Los Angeles suburbs, small Mississippi and Wisconsin towns, and quiet rural areas. The projects range from the strictly local to that of the men and women of UPS, who cover the nation. Bowling Alone looked at America from a broad and general perspective. Better Together takes us into Catherine Flannery's Roxbury, Massachusetts, living room, a UPS loading dock in Greensboro, North Carolina, a Philadelphia classroom, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval shipyard, and a Bay Area Web site. We meet activists driven by their visions, each of whom has chosen to succeed by building community: Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley who want paved roads, running water, and decent schools; Harvard University clerical workers searching for respect and improved working conditions; Waupun, Wisconsin, schoolchildren organizing to improve safety at a local railroad crossing; and merchants in Tupelo, Mississippi, joining with farmers to improve their economic status. As the stories in Better Together demonstrate, bringing people together by building on personal relationships remains one of the most effective strategies to enhance America's social health.
Restoring the American Community
Author: Robert D. Putnam,Lewis Feldstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Social Science
In each session you will learn how to fulfill God's five purposes for your life within the context of community.
Better Together : what on Earth are We Here For?
Author: Rick Warren
Publisher: Harper Collins
A delightfully illustrated picture book about support for families with babies, and the coming of a new baby. The charming and simple text has been written by Yvonne Morrison, author of THE KIWI NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and KIWI JINGLE BELLS. Illustrations by Jenny Cooper, who has illustrated DOWN IN THE FOREST and many educational books. This book was produced following a request from Plunket, who felt they should celebrate their centenary with something for children as well as more serious works for adults.
Author: Yvonne Morrison,Jenny Cooper
Category: Children's stories, New Zealand
In SEO & PPC: Better Together, Melanie Mitchell shows how to use search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) together to achieve better results than either can deliver alone. You’ll learn how to integrate SEO and PPC in campaigns that engage more consumers and use data from both to improve the performance of each. Mitchell begins by comparing the paid and organic search marketing “pathways,” reviewing applications, overlaps, differences, strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs. Next, Mitchell shows how paid search data can be a gold mine when figuring out where to focus your SEO efforts, and understanding what content to optimize or build based on your actual ROI rather than relying on indirect traffic estimates from keyword research tools. She presents the latest research on synergies between SEO and PPC, shows how to handle new analytical complexities introduced by changes in Google’s search privacy policies, and offers practical, step-by-step guidance for building a KPI-linked dashboard that organizes your data and makes it more usable. From start to finish, Mitchell’s techniques and guidance are designed to help marketers become smarter about focusing their time and budgets, evaluating current returns, and optimizing the value of every campaign they create.
Author: Melanie Mitchell
Publisher: FT Press
Category: Business & Economics
This is the dramatic story behind the transformation of Duke University from an isolated, exclusive institution to the dynamic, civically engaged campus that exists today. Better Together examines the first decade of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) and its involvement with Project HOPE, six quality community-based afterschool programs. The author uses case studies and extensive interviews with university and community leaders to describe the development of this successful partnership. The text answers many frequently asked questions about how to create partnerships and includes a range of programming activities that educators and community organizers can use to improve their work with all children, especially low income minority youth.
A Model University-Community Partnership for Urban Youth
Author: Barbara C. Jentleson
Publisher: Teachers College Press
In this six-session group study, pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren shows you how God planned for you to fulfill his purposes in community with other people-people in your church family, small group, and in the world around you.
What on Earth Are We Here For?
Author: Rick Warren
What are the best practices of mission work? Better Together is a layperson's guide to many of the most common questions faced by churches working in mission. George puts her wealth of mission experience to work translating solid biblical missiological content into everyday language. Each chapter begins with a case study and addresses key questions and challenges encountered. The book also contains a study guide. This is a wonderful resource for mainline Protestant churches active in mission projects and will prove especially helpful for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its various mission agencies. It is also perfect for individual or group study, for training sessions for mission-committed congregants, and for the boards of mission initiators.
The Future of Presbyterian Mission
Author: Sherron Kay George
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
We Need Each Other! Better Together shows dramatic evidence of what can happen when we lay aside our logos and egos and unite for a cause that really matters. Hear the story of how leaders from 21 national youth ministries met for what they thought was a one-time meeting...how their shared burden for teenagers drove them to their knees...and how the resulting unity was the catalyst for founding the National Network of Youth Ministries. Today, there is a broad coalition that is reaching and discipling teenagers for Christ in communities across America and around the world. Better Together shares the experiences and twelve timeless principles that emerged over 30 years as essential for effectiveness in working together. Take a journey down a path where God's footprints from the past lead to His signposts for a future of greater effectiveness through cooperation. -- Paul Fleischmann
Discovering the Dynamic Results of Cooperation
Author: Paul Fleischmann
Publisher: Higherlife Development Services
Category: Business & Economics
We developed this toolkit to help those operating living labs and others wishing to carry out research and innovation activities with users to make it easier to translate from user needs to products, services and solutions. The toolkit is a full-colour book with over 100 pages including a foreword by Professor Alvaro Oliveira, President of the ENoLL Association and Chair of the Council of the European Network of Living Labs. Topics include an introduction to user-participation and living labs, as well as the steps needed to be taken to engage with people before, during and after participation exercises. The book also includes several relevant profiles, a full case study as well as a separate chapter on governance and ethical issues in participation.
Author: Eileen Beamish,Donal McDade,Maurice Mulvenna,Suzanne Martin,Dia Soilemezi
Category: Economic development