Biblical Church Growth: How You Can Work with God to Build a Faithful Church  -     By: Gary L. McIntosh
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Biblical Church Growth: How You Can Work with God to Build a Faithful Church

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Avoid a "revolving door" syndrome by nurturing Biblical Church Growth. Shunning one-size-fits-all approaches that often lend only temporary "success," ministry professor and church consultant Gary McIntosh points to effective evangelism as the basis for increasing membership. Drawing on biblical models, current statistics, and professional experience, he offers 10 principles for both large and small congregations to build strong foundations for sustained vitality.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 080109156X
ISBN-13: 9780801091568
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Every pastor wants to have a vibrant, dynamic church. There are many popular models for church growth based on outstanding churches led by outstanding pastors. But unfortunately, specific models are temporary and go out of style quickly. Author Gary McIntosh explores the biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today's culture. Instead of concentrating on the ephemeral how of church growth, he focuses on the unchanging why.
McIntosh defines church growth as "all that is involved in bringing men and women who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ into fellowship with him and into responsible church membership." In other words, church growth is effective evangelism, not a methodology for increasing membership. According to Biblical Church Growth, growing churches always evidence a desire to fulfill the Great Commission by cooperating with God in building a faithful church.
Using personal stories and current statistics as well as numerous biblical examples, the author sets forth ten basic principles that provide an eternal foundation for helping any church-large or small-achieve lasting vitality and growth.

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Gary L. McIntosh is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Talbot School of Theology. He is an experienced church consultant, having analyzed more than 500 churches in 53 denominations. McIntosh leads national seminars each year and is the founder of the Church Growth Network in Temecula, California. He has written ten books, including One Church, Four Generations.

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  1. Scott Cheatham
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    Without a doubt, THE finest book on church growth (true church growth) I've ever read. This is not a "methods" book designed to give you the latest ideas but a "foundations" book outlining 9 key "principles" that must be evident in ANY method you use to see real, sustained growth. In each chapter, McIntosh gives you some questions designed to spur your own ideas from each principle. Whether your service is "traditional", "contemporary" or anything in between, this book will help you take a good look at what you're doing and see if it really has any lasting meaning for the growth of God's kingdom and praising His wonderful name.This, along with Steve Rummage's book on "Planning your Preaching" are the two best books I've read in a long, long time. Pick this one up...
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