The Everychurch Guide to Growth
A growing church is a living church, but much of the attention in church growth today is focused on making big churches bigger. This encouraging new book shows members of small and medium-sized congregations how to revive and expand their...
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A growing church is a living church, but much of the attention in church growth today is focused on making big churches bigger. This encouraging new book shows members of small and medium-sized congregations how to revive and expand their ministries as well. Churches of every size tend to plateau in attendance and never break free of their self-imposed limitations or 'growth barriers'. This book gives detailed, practical instructions for breaking through those barriers to new levels of impact and service in the community. The EveryChurch Guide to Growth rallies church leaders and members to develop plans for strength and solid growth in the future.
Elmer L. Towns (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.
Towns has published over a hundred books including My Father's Names; 10 Sunday Schools That Dared to Change; 10 of Today's Most Innovative Churches; Towns' Sunday School Encyclopedia and the Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. The multi-volume Praying through..... series has been received by a wide readership.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Dr. C. Peter Wagner is the President of the Global Harvest Ministries and Chancellor of the Wagner Leadership Institute (established in 1998). Prior to this, Wagner and his wife served as missionaries in Bolivia, and from 1971, he was Professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Missions and served on several mission oriented committees and organizations such as Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and American Society of Missiology.
Wagner has also been associated with several global movements of the Holy Spirit. His outspoken advocacy of praying for the sick, spiritual mapping, identificational repentance, the ministry and role of apostles and prophets in the church today, and demonic deliverance have identified Peter as a pioneer in the arena of spiritual warfare. Perhaps his most significant contribution so far has been his relentless effort to promote strategic and effective prayer.
Wagner has written over 60 books. Those currently in print include: Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow, Strategies for Church Growth, How to Have a Healing Ministry, Prayer Warrior Series, and Churchquake!
Thom S. Rainer (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched,;The Unexpected Journey; Simple Church and Breakout Churches