By Paul Nixon and Beth Estock

WEIRD CHURCH: WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY is a ground-breaking assessment on the future of congregational life – a must-read for anyone who wants to see where things are going, why they are headed this way, and what leaders can do about it.

By Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon’s 2007 book, I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church was Pilgrim Press’ best selling title for two years.

“I Refuse” has provoked a turning point in scores of mainline Christian congregations, and sent Paul all over the US teaching pastor’s conferences and consulting with church leaders. Since then, he has followed up with four additional books, ranging in subject matter from ministry with Millennials to the DNA of churches that multiply ministry.



We Refused to Lead a Dying Church tells 15 amazing stories of actual church turn-arounds –

different denominations, different parts of the United States, different theological sensibilities, different demographic issues – but each living out the six classic choices of Paul’s previous best-seller, I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church. At least six of the fifteen are still churches of less than 100 worshippers, but transformed, re-connected to their communities, and “back in the game.”

By Paul Nixon and Kim Shockley

The Suprise Factor is a collaboration between Kim Shockley and Paul Nixon, focuses on Jesus’ own leader strategies for moving things forward in a long-established faith community.

By Paul Nixon and Christie Latona

Paul Nixon and Christie Latona coauthored Multiply Your Impact in 2013.

The book is minimalist in text, and is illustrated by an award-winning animator, who formerly worked on Sesame Street. It is a playful book for taking local church leaders into helpful conversations about the core practices and competencies that will enable innovation and ministry growth in the 21st century.


Books by Gary Shockley


Gary’s insights into the state of the church will move you to action in your context. 

Check out Imagining Church (to the right) on Amazon.

Everywhere god

Everywhere God: Ordinary Expressions of the Divine

Finding and knowing God is less about right theology and belief and more about right geography. It is not so much about where we stand on issues but about where we stand with others and whether we are willing to embrace them as expressions of the Divine.

The book includes a link to an online small group study guide.