Growing God's Church
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 192
Dimensions: 8.50 × 5.50 (inches)
Based on ten years of scientific research, Growing God's Church shows pastors and church leaders how people are actually coming to faith in the 21st century. It covers factors such as our motive for ministry, the priorities churches set for themselves, the reality of churchless Christians, generational and gender-based differences in evangelism effectiveness, the name of your church, the influence of pastors, and much more. The appendix includes a copy of the survey that provides the basis for McIntosh's arguments and an overview of the study is provided in the first chapter.
Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He is an internationally known speaker and church consultant who has written twenty-four books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and What Every Pastor Should Know. He lives in California.
easy to read, and very insightful
It didn't take very long to understand the book's purpose. The idea of it is to show how people are coming to faith today, the simple answer that you get at the very beginning is pretty much that people are coming to faith through: Friends and Family. I don't believe that the book was very good, due to the fact that I didn't find all the extra details to be helpful at all and it could have been a blog post instead.