Building the Body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church
:Just as a physically healthy person--at an ideal weight and with good blood pressure and cholesterol numbers--might not actually be fit enough to run a 5k, so churches can appear healthy--with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size--and yet not...
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:Just as a physically healthy person--at an ideal weight and with good blood pressure and cholesterol numbers--might not actually be fit enough to run a 5k, so churches can appear healthy--with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size--and yet not exhibit fitness. A fit church is one that is not satisfied with merely coasting along with no problems. A fit church is actively making disciples, maturing in faith, developing strong leaders, reaching out to the community, and more.
Building the Body offers pastors and church leaders twelve characteristics of fit churches and shows them how they can move their church through five levels of fitness, from beginner all the way to elite--just as an athlete, through training and practice, can become the top in his or her class. Includes comparison charts at the end of each chapter so readers can clearly see where their church currently falls and concluding "Complete the Progress Chart" so that they can see what their goals should be for the future.
Gary L. McIntosh (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, he leads 20-25 national seminars a year, serves as a church consultant, was president of the American Society of Church Growth in 1995-1996, and has written numerous books, including Finding Them; The Issachar Factor: Three Generations: One Size Doesn't Fit All; Overcoming the Dark Side,; Staffing Your Church for Growth and most recently Taking your Church to the Next Level
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As a senior pastor, Phil Stevenson lead two of his congregations in the parenting of seven new churches. He is now a senior consultant and coach at New Church Specialties, an organization that assists in the starting and strengthening of churches worldwide.