The Irresistible Church: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds

Bethany House, 2011
ISBN: 9780764208850


After more than 25 years of ministry in Hawaii, Wayne Cordeiro knows what kind of church God blesses. In fact, New Hope, the Honolulu church he founded, is one of the nation’s fastest-growing churches.

Whether you’re a pastor, layleader, or person in the pew, this book shows you how your church can become one that God uses in incredible ways. Wayne Cordeiro lays out 12 practical steps to being a church that heaven applauds—including ways to encourage love for the community, develop a culture of serving, turn visitors into regular attenders, and much more.

Yet the focus, he says, is not on programs—it’s on being a church that God can’t help but bless. When a church hungers for the presence of God, promotes healthy relationships, and connects everything to a soul, it becomes a vibrant church that’s irresistible to God—and to people. These are characteristics that any church can develop—no matter the size of the congregation or the budget—to become irresistible. The included study guide will help you apply these principles to your church.

In the Logos edition of this volume, Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “spiritual formation” or “leadership.”

Key Features

  • Equips pastors, leaders, and laypeople with tools to avoid physical and spiritual burnout
  • Provides insight into transforming your lifestyle and ministry
  • Emphasizes the importance of an intimate relationship with Christ


  • An Irresistible Church . . .
    • Hungers for the Presence of God
    • Remembers Who She Is
    • Lives Heart First
    • Practices Gratefulness
    • Promotes Healthy Relationships
    • Is Always Learning
    • Promotes Spiritual Self-Feeding
    • Connects Everything to a Soul
    • Chooses to Love
    • Takes Risks
    • Humbles Itself
    • Has a Plan

Praise for the Print Edition

This book has well proven principles that when applied, will become breakthrough ideas to take your church to the next level of effectiveness.

—From the foreword by Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Product Details

About Wayne Cordeiro

Wayne Cordeiro is founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii with over 14,500 in weekly attendance as well as an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after speaker. He has authored 10 books. Cordeiro is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant over one hundred churches around the world. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, Outreach, and Ministry Today.


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