The Serving Church ebook

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What goes on in the mind of someone who serves tirelessly with marathon endurance? How can you replicate this culture in your own church? In his most personal book, Paul shares what gets him out of bed in the morning and the secrets to living a fulfilling life. Hint: It’s not keeping up with the Joneses.

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When it’s not about you, it can be about Him

You were made for something more. Deep inside you know it’s true. Getting up, going to work, coming home, and going to bed isn’t doing it for you. You long for a life that matters.

What will people say about you when you’re gone? Will they even notice that another cog in the corporate machine is missing? Will people instead talk about the difference you made in their lives? Will anyone say, “My life is better for having known her” or “I’d be so much worse off if he hadn’t given of himself?”

The path to significance and meaning isn’t paved with dollars or fame. It’s paved with sacrifice and humility. While some people make a difference through their own selfishness, at the expense of others, most of us can put aside our plans and ambitions and really make a difference, a difference that outlasts our lives, a difference that changes lives and affects generations.

This book is for every Christian or Christian leader who serves in the church, wants to, or leads people who do.

Do you know why you serve? What do you do when it’s difficult to do what you know God is calling you to do? Can you really serve in the same church for the rest of your life? What about money? Should people who serve be paid?

We’ll discuss reasons for serving, the attitude to have, leadership, following, flexibility, being a part of a team, and much more.

This is a unique book because the author isn’t a Pastor or even paid staff. He’s a regular guy who’s been serving tirelessly for years and wants to share what he’s learned with you.

You can affect lives and eternities. Will you or will you stay comfortable on your couch affecting nothing? The choice is yours.

16 reviews for The Serving Church ebook

  1. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A pleasant read with a challenging message
    By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2013
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    Paul Alan Clifford has done a great job of honestly sharing his own observations and struggles in the Christian life of service — and how those have challenged him to press on to a higher level in his Christian walk. The sub-title is well-chosen: “When it’s not about you, it can be about Him.” That’s really what it’s all about: learning to re-shift our focus from our own will and ways to the glory of our God and the good of His Kingdom.

    Of course, we all know that is easier said than done, but Paul’s suggestions are very practical advice. For example, one quote I highlighted from the book says, “your part, no matter how small, is significant.” Learning to value the work God gives us to do for what it really is — reaching lives for eternity — as well as valuing the work that He gives *others* to do is one of the basic premises of this book.

    Excellent read. You will be both challenged and encouraged!

  2. Brigette Blair

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Serving Church
    By Brigette Blair on January 1, 2013
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    Recommend for all ministry leaders and those who actively serve. Simple but profound. Applicable message in every chapter. I wish had this as a reference before leading up a ministry team.

  3. Yolanda

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I love serving
    By Yolanda on September 16, 2014
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    Great book. We are going to be teaching from this during our Bible Study. This book is very real and plainly written.

  4. Richard Allan Stauch

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thought Provoking
    By Richard Allan Stauch on May 17, 2013
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    Many of Paul’s experiences are so similar to my own, that his guidance is that much more applicable in my life and work. I bought it because I like the man. I love it because it’s so true. I’m sharing it because you’re going to love it, too.

  5. Kim Brennan

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Serving Church
    By Kim Brennan on May 6, 2013
    Format: Paperback

    “The Serving Church” is a great out-look on a servant’s heart. Serving with the purpose of fulfilling God’s desires for you! It really makes you take a step back and ask, “God, is this the area [of ministry] you want me in?” It’s a great time to reflect on whether your fire needs to be renewed, or whether your heart is in the wrong place. Clifford presents the challenge to get rid of “have to” and replace it with “get to.” It comes up many times in the book as a great heart analysis.

  6. L. Marshon

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Serving Church
    By L. Marshon on April 27, 2013
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    I received a free copy of the Serving Church from Paul Alan Clifford for review purposes. I think this is a good book and would be excellent for either a new Christian or for someone who has not been involved in ministry in the church they now attend.

    The author talks a lot about why you should serve, having the right attitude towards service (one of the stronger points of the book), and how difficult service to the Lord in a church setting can be.

    It’s a quick read and I recommend it to anyone.

  7. Steve Spring

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Serving Church
    By Steve Spring on April 24, 2013
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    Paul Clifford believes that you were created for more than just getting up, going to work, coming home, and going to bed. He believes that you were created for a life of meaning and significance. A life where people will notice that you are missing when your short time here on earth is over. In this book, he argues that your path to significance and meaning isn’t paved with dollars and fame. It’s paved with sacrifice, humility, and service.

    This is a unique book written by a “regular guy” who’s been serving tirelessly for years and wants to share his insights with you. In his book, Paul discusses the reasons for serving, having a servant attitude, being a servant leader, being a good follower, being flexible, and how to be a good team member. His goal is to motivate you to want to become a true servant too.

    Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from the author.

  8. Chris S.

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Must read for active and potential ministry members
    By Chris S. on April 24, 2013
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    Paul Clifford delivers a motivational, encouraging, and sometimes convicting look into service. Paul has a warm almost conversational writing style that makes the book read like you are getting advice from a friend. While some of his advice will seem familiar to people who read books on leadership he provides the lens of his personal experience to add perspective to your understanding of familiar ideas. As someone who volunteers in a church tech ministry I found it comforting and empowering that someone like Paul shares my trials and triumphs in his own experiences. Anyone considering entering into service of any kind at any level should take the time to read this book as it will shape your attitude to better serve. Also anyone who has been in service for some time could benefit from the encouragement and call to excellence in service that Paul provides in this book.

  9. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A pleasant read with a challenging message
    By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

    Paul Alan Clifford has done a great job of honestly sharing his own observations and struggles in the Christian life of service — and how those have challenged him to press on to a higher level in his Christian walk. The sub-title is well-chosen: “When it’s not about you, it can be about Him.” That’s really what it’s all about: learning to re-shift our focus from our own will and ways to the glory of our God and the good of His Kingdom.

    Of course, we all know that is easier said than done, but Paul’s suggestions are very practical advice. For example, one quote I highlighted from the book says, “your part, no matter how small, is significant.” Learning to value the work God gives us to do for what it really is — reaching lives for eternity — as well as valuing the work that He gives *others* to do is one of the basic premises of this book.

    Excellent read. You will be both challenged and encouraged!

  10. Jason Wiser

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Full of original perspectives to encourage us to embrace the servant heart attitude.
    By Jason Wiser on February 15, 2013
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    This simple and encouraging read is perfect for early morning, commute reading, or especially just before bed time because it is full of easy to chew on bites of inspiration to help you improve or develop a renewed servant heart. The serving church is full of great quotes and soundbites like “get to” vs. “have to”; Understanding that “one is obligation, and the other is privilege.”

    How to be a follower, How to be flexible in your role, and as you leave the church walls, the need to understand that “Loving people should be the purpose of serving them, not the means to grow your influence”

  11. Kyrei

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great supplement to the Word, praying, and the Christian routine.
    By Kyrei on February 7, 2013
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    This is not a book by a pastor of a mega church, but that there is anything wrong with someone who does, this book was written by a fellow labourer, who really has a heart of servitude. This book has taught me immensely, and it reinforces the information I have found by walking with God myself. I believe this book can and will be a call to action to nearly any Christian. Because no matter what we think we are, we are all called to be servants. I highly recommend this book to all fellow believers. Whether you are just starting out, or you have been walking by faith for decades.

  12. Joseph F. Bruno

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Book
    By Joseph F. Bruno on January 27, 2013
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    Paul has done it again – another well thought out book.
    Paul is becoming a consistent writer releasing books several times a year now.

  13. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly Recommended
    By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2013
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    The last two years have been years of tremendous growth for me, and I have gone deeper and farther in my commitment to serve others, than I ever have in the past. So I was really excited to read “The Serving Church” by Paul Alan Clifford. I found that the attitudes and insights the author shares in this book, coincided greatly with the spiritual and emotional journey I’ve taken to get to this point in my life.

    I truly enjoyed reading this book, as it looks at serving from a servant’s position, and addresses many of the same thoughts, the same emotional and spiritual issues, and life challenges that I face. I also was encouraged by the fact that this book was written by someone who understands, and embraces, being a part of the body, and serves in a technical aspect at his church.

    Overall, I found the book to be an encouragement, and it contains many nuggets of truth scattered among it’s pages. If you are in a serving position, and no matter how long you’ve been in that position, or if you are thinking about taking on a serving position, I highly recommend you read this book. It will be a blessing to you.

  14. Charles Windham

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly Recommend.
    By Charles Windham on November 29, 2012
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    Paul Clifford wrote “This is a story about an ordinary guy who honestly believes that his life has to be about others.” If you are a Christian that has a heart to reach others for God, then this book will surely touch you. The author is down to earth, genuine, and honestly transparent.
    On page three of the last chapter, Serving Outside the Church, he wrote “It made me cry.” Reading that part caused me to cry too – for myself – because he was describing me. I was convicted and felt ashamed for my ungiving and unserving attitude. The end of the previous chapter had also prepared me for those tears to come.
    I really enjoyed it because he says what I feel. Just to hear it expressed motivates and encourages me. I highly recommend this book!

    Note: I too am just an ordinary guy who received an advanced copy to review.

  15. Darrell West

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    We are not Called to be Served
    By Darrell West on November 16, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition

    “This isn’t anyone’s ministry except the Lord’s. We need to all remember that in our interactions with each other. We’re all on the same team, trying to see lives and eternities changed; let’s act like it.”

    Paul does a great job of addressing our responsibility to “Serve the Church” as well as what it means to be a “Serving Church.” The majority of church attendees want to be fed and rarely take on the challenge of what it means to actually “Be the Church.”

    Hearing about service from the view of a layperson and not a professional staff members, makes the message more impactful. This is not another bashing of those who are not serving but a call to action of how we are most like Christ when we make serving part of our everyday lives. Each of us, as members of the Body of Christ, has an area of gifting and should be looking for ways to use our gifts to serve.

    “Put this book down and take one small step into something that helps other.”

    “What little step can you take today to help someone else?”

    This book is a great resource for pastors, missionaries, and volunteer leaders to take and share with their teams and use when training volunteers on the benefits of service.

    NOTE: I received a pre-release copy of this book to review.

  16. Roger A Vest

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A fresh perspective
    By Roger A Vest on November 16, 2012
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    In recent years, we have been seeing more and more books about serving in your faith through your church. Many, if not most, of these books are written from the perspective of a “professional church” person, either a pastor or missions director of a local church. While there are many good thoughts being printed from that perspective, we don’t see a lot from the perspective of the average church goer.

    Paul Clifford decided to change that. While he does work with churches in his “day” job, this book is written from his view as a committed volunteer in his local church. The theology and thought process are solid which means that pastors, mission directors, etc. will find some good background material here, but it is the refreshing view from underneath that makes this book a gem for me.

    It is, oh so easy, to assume that people will latch on to what you are saying about serving as a Christian, it is another thing to hear what it means to be on the receiving end of these sermons and exhortations and to see the commitment of average churchgoers as they go about serving.

    Overall, welldone and a pleasant read.

    P.S. I did receive a copy of this book free of charge to review.

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