Is your congregation afraid to breach its comfort zone? Are you immobilized by fear of change? Break free of timidity and become a pacesetter for outreach and growth! Blending biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience, Miller shows how to step out in faith, be open to God's vision, and revitalize the ministry of your congregation. 176 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 176 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 1986
ISBN: 0310284112 ISBN-13: 9780310284116 UPC: 025986284114 Availability: In Stock
This is a book for pacesetters -- church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves and keep them from being outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. The ingrown church is a common phenomenon. It is the 'norm' for contemporary evangelical and Protestant churches. But ingrownness is a pathology. It can destroy the vital spiritual health of a church. It must, therefore, be combated with the norms of Scripture. And that is why this book was written. Outgrowing the Ingrown Church is a masterful mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience. It traces the author's own growing awareness of the problem of ingrownness in his calling as a pastor, seminary professor, and evangelist/missionary. In his own discovery of the power and presence of God he discovered the tendency of the church to live by its own power and resources. This is a book written to help change churches by changing the individuals who read it. It offers one an unparalleled challenge to be evaluated, revitalized, and then used by God for the work of ministry. Thus it is a book not merely for pastors, but for the whole body of Christ. 'I have never been as excited about any book concerning church growth as when I read this book . . . . (His biblical) principles, if followed, transform individual lives and then lead to a movement within a church to change the whole congregation,' writes John Guest in the foreword.