Gaining By Losing Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  August 17, 2015
Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send Book Cover Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send
J.D. Greear
July 28, 2015

People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be.

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.

But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or God’s.

In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Gaining By Losing by J. D. Greear. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“All in all, this is a great book for everyone in the church to read. I think many Christians will see that the church was not just meant to bring people to Jesus but also send them out, which is not the case of many churches these days.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s all about reaching out and training the people in your church to be reaching out in their communities, workplaces, and wherever they are! Yes, sometimes J.D. even sent out people to plant churches where they were needed. I found this had some sound advice and was a thought provoking read.”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith
Rating: 4 Stars

Gaining By Losing is a much-needed book in our age of pragmatism and man-centeredness. This book provides both an important perspective as well as a corrective to some of the unhelpful practices in the church.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“The narrative flows freely and seems to contain a good balance of suggestions for assisting in the Great Commission and personal stories of ministry experiences. Good read.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“a good reminder for Christians and churches to be outward focused…”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 3 Stars

“[I]f you are serving in church leadership, or want a better understanding of why and how churches should be sending-focused, this book will absolutely be a helpful resource to you.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“I heartily recommend Gaining by Losing. As a pastor, the book is inspiring and satisfies that deep desire for being a faithful shepherd. It lays out a clear vision of multiplying the gifts that God has entrusted pastors and elders with. But this book is not a book only for pastors. It is a book for all believers who long to be sent out and participate in the work God is doing in building his kingdom.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Gaining by Losing is a must read for all Christians, especially church leaders serious about fulfilling the Great Commission. Greear will challenge you to think about how your church functions. This book is a call to see a growing (C)hurch through the eyes of sending (c)hurches.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 Stars

Gaining by Losing serves as a decent resource for pastors and church leaders. It is a personal, balanced, and thought-provoking work.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“Pastors, potential church planters, mission team members and leaders should read this book. So should the people who sit in the pews and think “there’s no way I could help with any of that.” Reading Gaining by Losing may convince you otherwise. There is a lot here that I didn’t like reading, probably because I need to hear, and apply it in my life and in my ministry.”
Reviewer: Karl Dumas
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a must read for church leaders everywhere. It is one of the most applicable books written for churches this year.”
Reviewer: Matthew Lloyd
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found myself being convicted while reading this book. There are things that everyone could be doing here and now that are quite simple, but we don’t for various reasons. We must be faithful in the small things here before we will be faithful with the more difficult things. This is how I am trying to view my life now.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a significant challenge to pastors and elders of churches to change their community culture to disciple-making and sending.”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It will make you think, smile and re-think in a new and exciting way of how to share your faith.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating:4 Stars

“It’s quite quotable, thought provoking, and biblically interactive. It’s not for everyone, but if you are staff of a church or consider yourself a church leader, then you need to pick this up….sooner than later.”
Reviewer: Bo White
Rating: 5 Stars

“It has served as such a great reminder to me of where I need to be focusing my life. And even though that scares me out of my wits, Greear has included so many encouraging verses and personal stories that are helping me remember that God is behind all of us in this mission.”
Reviewer: Hannah Christmas
Rating: 5 Stars

“caused me to do a lot of introspection… I was reminded of just how powerful the Spirit of God is when He transforms lives through the proclamation of the Gospel.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis
Rating: 3 Stars

“I am very thankful for Greear’s ministry, his writing, and his honesty and humility to help pastors across the nation and the world learn from his mistakes and struggles in order to better equip, disciple, and send those in our churches out for the work of the ministry. I am confident that this book will stretch, challenge, and equip you to adopt this mindset as well.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“I think that all church leaders need to read this book, so they can empower their members to grow.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this was a good read and had helpful advice to at least guide a church in the right direction to become a church that sends! I think it can be a valuable tool for leaders looking to fulfill the Great Commission and be encouraged by others who have made radical changes to get their church on this path.”
Reviewer: Jenn Greene
Rating: 4 Stars

“As a pastor, I appreciated the practical nature of this book. I like that Greear is not confused about technique, models and methods. His vision for a sending church is firmly grounded in New Testament faith.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 4 Stars

“It was one of those books I debated about reading because I was uncomfortable with maybe being called to missions and because maybe “it didn’t apply to me.” Boy was I wrong! This book is for the layperson and the clergy…”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“J.D. Greear is practicing what he preaches by sending out and planting churches. Raising up leaders with a heart to make the gospel known in places all over the world. Not just going across the world but also across the tracks. What does that mean for you and me? It does question my heart motivation. Am I building my kingdom or the Kingdom of God? ”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“I was definitely challenged by this book to reevaluate my priorities. God may not necessarily desire me to move my family across the country, much less across town, and if that is the case, I must be effective for Him where I am at now. I trust you will be challenged, too, if you pick up this book.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“a solid book on how churches can impact the world by being “sending” churches… if someone was looking for a concise, easy-to-read, thought-provoking book on how churches can impact the world for Christ’s sake, then Greear’s Gaining By Losing would certainly be a fine choice.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend Gaining by Losing. Pastors will be challenged – I know, I am one! Members will be challenged – I know, I have them! And may sending be our purpose for worship, discipleship, and fellowship.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“We all need to be in a more of a live-sent mindset and this book will surely help you and your church in that direction.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is a treasure trove of examples that church pastors and leaders can use to follow the Great Commission and God’s Vision for their church.”
Reviewer: Arthur Bowman
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a great starting point to consider how to you stop just attending “church” and become the church as it was meant to be “living sent.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a must-have for your church’s missionary deacons, and every church member must read this book for membership class. I’m asking my teenage daughter to read this book for herself. Don’t leave out children in this mission field because the Lord of the Harvest is sending them as well.”
Reviewer: Daniel Mac
Rating: 5 Stars

“If a ministry doesn’t make disciples, why does it exist? A great question, and one that a lot churches should be asking.”
Reviewer: Tom Meiers
Rating: 4 Stars

“On a personal note, I enjoyed this book as it was focused on gospel, and it was also something you can enjoy and not feel guilt-ridden. It is uplifting and encouraging: in part as you will see and hopefully prayerfully evaluate areas in your life where you serve and lift up areas where you may need to serve more. Also, I will be recommending this book to some Christian friends as well, as it is a great read!”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would love to go visit this church and see them in action! I believe this book can help bring forth a lot of development in churches.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars