Bill was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His father was a scientist, his mother stayed at home ’til the kids were teenagers and then went into real estate. He was raised in the church and doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t consider himself a Christian. At seventeen, Bill got married and joined the Air Force to see the world – and he began to experience life in the “Real World.”
Though he never “left the faith,” while he was in the military there wouldn’t have been much evidence to convict him if Christianity became a crime. However, at twenty-five, God got him by the tail and he began a faith journey that was as arduous as it was adventurous.
In December of 1983, he loaded up his family into the car and they crossed the US, closely chased by a snowstorm all the way to north Alabama. They reached their destination, Graceville, Florida, in January and he began his theological training. During the next too-many years, Bill won awards for his creativity, his evangelism, and his scholarship (and has a number of degrees to prove it!). He was featured on the front page of many newspapers, was a syndicated columnist for seven years, and appeared on Good Morning America, the PTL Club, and local television programming.
Bill spends his time as a resource helping “Real People” experience a depth of spirituality they neither thought they had the aptitude nor the time to develop. Whether he’s writing books and articles that encourage prayer and spiritual habits or speaking at a church or seminar on how to be a Real Christian in the Real World, Bill’s passion to help people experience life to the fullest shines through. To accomplish his dream of converting the church to Christianity, he has become a well-trained coach, mentor, author, and speaker.
Bill attended the Florida Baptist College in Graceville, Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree in theology. He received his master’s degree from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta. Additionally, he earned his doctorate at the Northwest Graduate School in Seattle. He teaches academic writing and research to master and doctoral students at Bakke Graduate University in Seattle.
The Mainline Church does not need to go the path of the dinosaurs. Instead of adding new members one or two at a time, the future demands a multiplication movement … the kind rabbits are famous for. In this short book, Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian challenge the past “truths” of church growth by addition and present a strategy that encourages every church to be the heart and soul of a church multiplication movement. That’s how the Mainline started, and the authors contend that’s the only future that makes sense. Don’t Panic!
This book was written to provide readers a realistic way to “do evangelism” in their day-to-day lives without losing their jobs, their friends, their dignity, or their sanity. This valuable guide begins with self-study for understanding “why do evangelism?” and concludes each chapter with discussion questions for personal or small group use.
Well-staffed churches grow. But how do churches staff for growth in these rapidly changing times when budgets are tight, mission opportunities abound, and there is a growing shortage of qualified pastors, staff members, and church leaders? Two veteran pastors and church growth consultants offer workable solutions that focus on the four core processes vital to church health and growth: bringing people to Christ and the church, retaining them, discipling them, and sending them back out into the world. They also show pastors how to navigate the leadership transitions they must make to become increasingly effective as the church grows. Pastors will learn how to be leaders who multiply leaders and develop a mission-minded staff that does the same. Foreward by Ed Stetzer.
Suffering from the “Empty Nursery” syndrome? Having difficulty getting young families to return a second time? Do your young adults bring their toddlers to worship, even though you have a “perfectly good” nursery? Does your nursery look like it did back in 1965, only older? Then your church needs The Guest Friendly Nursery. Written by church consultants who have helped churches across the nation go from kid-less to kid-full, The Guest Friendly Nursery has been developed from over two decades of experience.
Prayer has long had an action component to it. There are many ways we can pray that involve our senses and our bodies. Journaling, skipping rocks, drawing, singing, touching, dancing, even walking can be acts of prayer. William Tenny-Brittian, himself diagnosed with adult ADHD, goes back to ancient times and into the techno-generation to share ten types of kinesthetic prayer that will help even the most fidgety connect with God. He has filled Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still with ideas, easy-to-follow instructions, and ways to adapt kinesthetic prayer to most any situation and “personal limitation.” Kinesthetic prayer can also have profound effects on the prayer life of children and youth. Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still is a valuable resource in children’s and youth ministries, helping these action-oriented age groups to find ways to build relationships with God. A relationship takes time together, says William Tenny-Brittian. Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still is written to help you spend more meaningful time with God.
This is not a time to tweak your church budget. It is not a time to slash and burn it indiscriminately across the board. Nor is it the time to hunker down in the bunker and wait things out. Now is the time is exercise wisdom and to act strategically. In fact, it’s a great time to be the church. People need us to live out our mission as radically as we can possibly imagine.
This book will help you make wise decisions about how to weather the economic storm and emerge on the other side of it a much stronger congregation. It’s a simple book with a simple message: you don’t get to choose when you go through hard times, only how you respond to them.
A leader in the House Church movement, William Tenny-Brittian offers this step-by-step guide for starting, growing, and multiplying a House Church and a House Church Network. If you’re a potential House Church leader, this book will help you with ideas for starting out, gathering folks, staying focused, and maintaining accountability. If you’re a current House Church leader, this book will help you multiply your House Church as it provides tried-and-true methods of training and accountability for House Church starts. And if you’re a new church plant coordinator or you have a vision for a House Church planting movement, this book will help you organize the three tasks of a network pastor: recruiting, training, and launching new churches.
The reason many Small Group programs fail to multiply leaders and Small Groups is that they fail to develop new leaders from within the program. The Apprentice Workbook: Leadership Training for Small Groups was designed as a solution to that problem. By using the workbook, in only eight weeks a novice participant of an existing Small Group can be apprenticed and fully trained as a Small Group Leader. The topics covered include hospitality, leading Bible study, prayer, small group worship, recruiting and more. In addition, during the eight week training period, the apprentice will be introduced to and will engage eight different spiritual habits to ensure their own spiritual journey doesn’t fall behind. This comprehensive manual includes a leader’s guide to creating and coaching a Small Group Network.
A tour of the nontraditional churches whose ministries are transforming the face of Christianity in North America.
In recent years a huge crack has opened up between established, traditional churches and an emerging group of emerging congregations that are identifying the spiritual longings of contemporary culture and are willing to go far out on the limb to address those longings. These congregations, most of which fly under the radar of the established church, are recreating the religious landscape of North America. Those of us who don’t know about them soon will. All leaders of Christian congregations would do well to listen to their distinctive witness and learn from it.