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Transforming Churches Network (TCN) is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Tennessee which has received 501(c)3 status with the IRS.  TCN is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the LCMS.

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HINGES: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community

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This book encompasses what David, myself, and TCNs Director of Research & Development, Dwight Marable, have learned and experienced in our ministry of church revitalization and transformation, over the past decade.

20% or less of Americans go to church on a given Sunday!
That means more than half of the American population
does not attend church on a regular basis.
So, what about the other 80%?

What will your church do to reach them?


After all, it isn’t a matter of growing attendance for the sake of growing a mega church. It’s about where this all started – with reaching the lost. Connecting with people that have been given up on and hurt by others. These are God’s people. As the church, we are called to show them Christ’s love.

Let’s step out of our comfort zone and open the doors of our church. Let’s build a bridge and mend the gap. Let’s reach people of our community and show them what His love is truly about.

Is that a “yes”? You want to open the doors to the community and reach the lost? Now you need an action plan. Planning can help guide your next steps and provide accountability. Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community is just that. It’s your resource handbook on how to reach your community for Christ.

Hinges, written by the creators of Transforming Churches Network, is a new book with eternal implications. Read Hinges on your own or read it together with your congregation for a 2016 book study! With the help of Hinges, you’ll begin new practices for effective outreach, regardless of who or where you are.

 Jesus wants to open doors to your community so lost people can be found. Ask yourself how you can be used today.


Praise for Hinges
 “The church in America has spent years trying to get the community to come through our doors.  Now, a book about how to swing the door the other way – out!  In this practical volume, the authors have given practical insights and approaches that will help leaders and congregations who are willing know what they must do to become externally focused and internally strong!”
– Reggie McNeal, speaker and best-selling author, Missional Renaissance and Kingdom Come
“Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community, is a key resource for leaders who are serious about helping their congregation…reach out to the community. Drawing on years of both research and experience with their Transforming Churches Network, the authors help inwardly-focused congregations shift to the adventure of mission just outside their front doors.”

– Greg Finke | Executive Director | Dwelling 1:14; Author of “Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to be an Everyday Missionary”

“God the Father sent His son.  Jesus sent his disciples.  The N.T. teaches us that in our ‘going’ we are to make disciples.  Yet many churches in our nation are waiting for people to come to them, rather than going to those who need Jesus. Hinges teaches pastors and congregations how to be ‘going’ churches not ‘waiting’ churches. This book will help your congregation to effectively obey God’s command to ‘go’.”

– Dr. Paul D. Borden, Author: Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days

 “Hinges is a practical guide into exhilarating participation in the Gospel reaching more people. I hope we church leaders will use Hinges as one benchmark in our ongoing efforts to reach more people for Jesus.”
– Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
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