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About Craig Groeschel
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, a multisite church with attenders at locations around the United States and globally at Life.Church Online.
Craig and Amy started Life.Church in a two-car garage in Edmond, Oklahoma in January 1996. While Life.Church has grown over the years, its mission remains the same: to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Today, the church is known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first fully digital church experience in 2006 and the most downloaded mobile Bible app in history, YouVersion, in 2008.
As one of the most respected leaders in the Church, Craig speaks frequently at leadership events and conferences worldwide. He is a New York Times best-selling author with books about topics like dating and marriage, social media, purpose, direction, church leadership, and more. He also hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast as a practical tool to spark new ideas and prompt innovative thinking in leaders at every level within any organization.
Craig and Amy married in 1991 and have six children. They live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where Life.Church began.
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Feeling stuck no matter how hard you try to make positive changes in your life? You can start living the life you want through the practical, biblical, and highly doable strategies in The Power to Change.
Few things in life are more frustrating than knowing you need to change, wanting to change, and trying to change, but not changing. Craig Groeschel knows what it's like to be caught in that demoralizing cycle. That was his own story--until he discovered practical principles for experiencing lasting change. Since then, Craig has helped countless others find true change in their relationships, habits, and thoughts.
In The Power to Change, Craig helps you understand:
- How God's power, not your willpower, leads to true transformation
- The real reasons you do what you do
- Why falling isn't failure
- The power of creating small habits that lead to big change
- How to choose what you want most over what you want now
A powerful blend of biblical wisdom and fascinating psychology, The Power to Change includes helpful exercises, real-life stories, and life-changing spiritual insights. Whether you are trying to lose weight, breathe new life into your marriage, read the Bible more, get out of debt, or give up an addiction, Craig's step-by-step, time-tested strategies will equip you to start living the life God wants for you.
Are your thoughts out of control--just like your life? Do you long to break free from the spiral of destructive thinking? Let God's truth become your battle plan to win the war in your mind!
We've all tried to think our way out of bad habits and unhealthy thought patterns, only to find ourselves stuck with an out-of-control mind and off-track daily life. Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel understands deeply this daily battle against self-doubt and negative thinking, and in this powerful new book he reveals the strategies he's discovered to change your mind and your life for the long-term.
Drawing upon Scripture and the latest findings of brain science, Groeschel lays out practical strategies that will free you from the grip of harmful, destructive thinking and enable you to live the life of joy and peace that God intends you to live. Winning the War in Your Mind will help you:
- Learn how your brain works and see how to rewire it
- Identify the lies your enemy wants you to believe
- Recognize and short-circuit your mental triggers for destructive thinking
- See how prayer and praise will transform your mind
- Develop practices that allow God's thoughts to become your thoughts
God has something better for your life than your old ways of thinking. It's time to change your mind so God can change your life.
Be inspired to pray boldly, pray powerfully, pray with passion, and trade ineffective prayers and lukewarm faith for raw, daring prayers that will transform your daily life.
Do you ever wonder if God answers your prayers? Do you wish you could see the evidence that prayer changes lives? Do you long for more than playing it safe in your faith? Join New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel as he helps you discover the power of authentically communicating with God, breaking out of the restrictive spiritual safety bubble, and expanding your ideas about what's possible with God.
The Bible tells us that prayer has the power to move God's heart, but some prayers move him more than others. He wants more for us than a tepid faith and half-hearted routines at the dinner table. God called you to a life of courage, not comfort.
In Dangerous Prayers, Groeschel will show you how to pray the prayers that search your soul, break your habits, and send you out to pursue the calling God has for you. But be warned: If you're fine with settling for what's easy, or if you're okay with staying on the sidelines, this book isn't for you. You'll be challenged. You'll be tested. You'll be moved to take a long, hard look at your heart. But you'll be inspired, too.
Dangerous Prayers will give you the encouragement and tools you need to:
- Transform the patterns around your daily prayer life
- Truly embrace and believe in the power of intentional prayer
- Start to pray daring, faith-filled, God-honoring, life-changing, world-transforming prayers
You'll discover the secret to overcoming fears of loss, rejection, failure, and the unknown, and you'll welcome the blessings God has for you on the other side. But best of all, you'll gain the courage it takes to pray dangerous prayers.
*Note: Lead Like It Matters is a completely revised and updated version of the book previously published as It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It.*
Discover the secret to igniting a life-giving, soul-transforming, people-inspiring movement in your organization, church, or ministry--and the trick to keeping the momentum going.
In Lead Like It Matters, New York Times bestselling author and pastor Craig Groeschel shares the transformative insights he's learned about how to effectively build a thriving, enduring ministry and organization.
Using the leadership skills he's mastered as the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church--one of the largest churches in the world and an organization that Glassdoor has named a #1 U.S. Best Place to Work--he combines straight talk and wry honesty with biblical and leadership principles to equip you to:
- Recognize when your organization or ministry has the indefinable but tangible "it" that leads to success
- Identify and implement seven leadership principles for a church that lasts
- Ignite a fire in your team to leave behind "what we've always done" for the meaningful ministry you know is possible
- Discover the three areas every leader must master for success
Praise for Lead Like It Matters:
"My friend Craig Groeschel is the visionary and pioneer of America's largest church. In Lead Like It Matters, he's generous enough to share the most important lessons he's learned along the way. This isn't just an insightful and interesting book; it's a game-changing guide to leading with purpose."
--Steven Furtick, lead pastor, Elevation Church; New York Times bestselling author, Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, (Un)Qualified
Master the decisions that will make your life everything God wants it to be.
Every day we make choices. And those choices accumulate and eventually become our life story. What would your life look like if you became an expert at making those choices?
In this inspiring guidebook, New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel shows how the choices that are in your power, if aligned with biblical principles, will lead to a life you've never imagined.
Divine Direction will help you seek wisdom through seven principles. You'll consider:
- One thing to stop that's hindering you
- How to start a new habit to re-direct your path
- Where you should stay committed
- And when you should go even if it's easier to stay
The book also includes criteria that will help you feel confident in the right choice, and encourages you with principles for trusting God with your decisions.
What story do you want to tell about yourself? God is dedicated to the wonderful plan he's laid out for you. The achievable and powerful steps in Divine Direction take you there one step at a time, big or small.
Spanish edition also available.
Can God be good when life is not? Rediscover faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even in the hurt.
"I want to believe, I want to have hope, but . . ." Pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it's the hurt that shouts the loudest.
In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" In the man's sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man's battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.
As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain:
- "Where was God when I was being abused?"
- "Why was my child born with a disability?"
- "Why did the cancer come back?"
- "Why are all my friends married and I'm alone?"
He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief. Because in the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good.
Hope in the Dark is also available in Spanish, Esperanza en la Oscuridad.
You are NOT who you think you are. In fact, according to bestselling author Craig Groeschel in Altar Ego, you need to take your idea of your own identity, lay it down on the altar, and sacrifice it. Give it to God. Offer it up.
Why? Because you are who God says you are. And until you’ve sacrificed your broken concept of your identity, you won’t become who you are meant to be.
When we place our false labels and self-deception on the altar of God’s truth, we discover who we really are as his sons and daughters. Instead of an outward-driven, approval-based ego, we learn to live with an “altar” ego, God’s vision of who we are becoming.
Discover how to trade in your broken ego and unleash your altar ego to become a living sacrifice. Once we know our true identity and are growing in our Christ-like character, then we can behave accordingly, with bold behavior, bold prayers, bold words, and bold obedience.
Altar Ego reveals who God says you are, and then calls you to live up to it.
Soul Detox reveals how to overcome the three forces that work against us daily: toxic influences, toxic emotions, and toxic behaviors.
Every day we are surrounded by secondhand spiritual toxins--influences, emotions, and behaviors--that threaten to stunt our spiritual growth.
When we recognize the toxins that assault us, and discover ways to live in this world without absorbing these toxins into our souls, we can experience the ultimate spiritual intervention.
With a fresh look at the Word of God, vulnerable honesty, and his trademark humor, bestselling author Craig Groeschel unpacks ways to strengthen our spiritual health and our positive influence on others. He will help you to:
- Tell yourself the truth
- Overcome false beliefs
- Neutralize your anger
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Unlock the chokehold of fear
- Toss out legalism
- And more
More than an insightful look at the negative aspects of our day-to-day culture, this grace-filled guide will challenge you out of complacency and into a life of clean, pure, and focused living based on the freeing standard of God's holiness.
Also available: Spanish edition, video curriculum, and study guide.
Discover your true identity in Christ.
Many of us live for approval of others. The problem is that living for what people think of you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks of you.
In this 5-session video study guide (DVD/digital video sold separately), pastor and author of Winning the War in Your Mind Craig Groeschel shows individuals and small groups how to abandon self-worth based on accomplishments and possessions, turning instead to God to find out who we are.
You'll learn to expose false labels and selfish motives, sacrificing them on the altar of God's truth. As you discover your true identity in Christ, your altar ego will drive your actions, empowering you to live according to God's higher values with a deep confidence in His calling. Rather than living a timid, halfhearted, shallow cultural Christianity, you'll boldly live in the confidence of the God who believes in you.
Are you willing to lay it all on the altar?
The Altar Ego Bible Study Guide offers discussion questions and other supplemental material to delve further into God's divine plan, and will ultimately help you sacrifice any old, unhealthy, untrue, and unbiblical thoughts about yourself and introduce you to your altar-ego—who you are in Christ.
- Overcoming the Labels that Bind You
- You Are God's Masterpiece
- Trading the Immediate for the Ultimate
- Living with Integrity
- Developing Spiritual Boldness
Designed for use with Altar Ego Video Study 9780310894933 (sold separately).
It has been rightly said that "Jesus is the hope of the world." While we can never argue against the importance of the power of the risen Son of God, it is also true that "the local church is the hope of the world." After all, the church is the body of Christ. Jesus manifested himself through the church. And we, as the church, are chosen and called by God to be light in the darkness and give hope to the hopeless.
For this reason, it is critical for the body of Christ—both pastors and laypeople alike—to learn how to lead like it matters. In this study guide, which accompanies the book of the same name, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel shares what he has learned in more than twenty-six years of leading LifeChurch. The church began in a borrowed two-car garage, with ratty furnishings and faulty audiovisual equipment, but people were drawn there because they sensed a powerful, life-changing force that Craig calls "it." While exactly what "it" is can be difficult to define, Craig reveals seven factors that contribute to it (or at least don’t kill it):
- Divine Focus
- Unmistakable Camaraderie
- Innovative Minds
- Willingness to Fall Short
- Hearts Focused Outward
Craig also unpacks three important realms that every leader must master: (1) prioritizing mindset over model, (2) creating systems that empower it, and (3) finding a balanced way to lead to stay centered around it. While adopting these seven factors and realms will not guarantee a church will have that "it" factor, it will certainly lead that church toward it. It will help all of us lead like it matters.
Time-Tested Strategies for True Transformation.
Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you want to change—and need to change—but repeatedly fail to change. You've made commitments and set goals. You've resolved to do something about the issue—whether you want to lose weight, read the Bible more, overcome an addiction, or get out of debt. Yet, so far, nothing has worked, and you wonder if you're even capable of change.
If this sounds like your story, then it's time to change the way you think about change.
In The Power to Change pack (which includes the book and the accompanying workbook), pastor Craig Groeschel, author of Winning the War in Your Mind, blends biblical wisdom with up-to-date psychology to help you learn how to master the habits that lead to true change. In each chapter and section, you'll gain practical tools that will help you:
- Evaluate how you view yourself, how you view God, and the real reasons you do what you do.
- Discover how to master small habits that lead to big change.
- Employ the reap-sow principle to change the trajectory of your future.
- Lean on God's power—instead of your willpower—as the true cause of lasting change.
The Power to Change pack offers you a clear path with practical tools, exercises, spiritual insights, and applications to help you live the life that God created you to experience. It's time to rely on a greater power source than your will and determination. It's time to actually change.
This pack includes:
- The Power to Change book.
- The Power to Change Workbook.
Bestselling author Craig Groeschel offers 365 practical devotions to help you develop a daily connection with Jesus and experience his life-shaping power.
Power--God's power. You've got to have it to stand strong in these times and become who God says you are. And the good news is you have full access to it through Jesus. Daily Power will help you develop a consistent, daily pursuit of Jesus that releases his power in your life.
These 365 brief devotions by pastor and New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel deliver what no instant energy drink can: strength and insight for the here-and-now of your life, your marriage, your workplace, family matters, temptations, hopes and dreams, possibilities and decisions.
Groeschel shares wisdom from personal experience as a spouse, parent, son, and pastor that can help you write your own life story the way you'd like it to read. Each devotion includes a Scripture quote, a short reading, and a simple prayer to connect you with God. You'll get honest talk, simply told stories your heart will own, and truth wrapped in a grin.
"You know how we grow? We practice daily," Groeschel writes. Daily Power is here to guide and inspire you on your journey.
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