Here's a prescription for building strong bodies---of faith! Based on data gleaned from surveying nearly 2,000 churches, Macchia presents 10 characteristics of thriving congregations. His results encompass all facets of church life---regardless of size, denomination, ethnicity, or location. Macchia also offers a web-driven church survey based on the concepts of the book at www.healthychurch.net. Features end-of-chapter study guides and bibliography. Foreword by Haddon Robinson, afterword by Gordon MacDonald. 240 pages, softcover from Baker.
"A wonderful tool that I recommend to every church that is serious about being purpose-driven." -Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Church
Now available in trade paper, Becoming a Healthy Church illustrates the ten most important characteristics of church health. Based on extensive surveys, this helpful volume is designed to encourage the creation of a healthy climate for your church and its ministry.
Stephen A. Macchia is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. ( www.leadershiptransformations.org), a ministry serving the spiritual formation needs of leaders and teams in churches and ministries nationwide. He is also the director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he serves on the teaching team in the Doctor of Ministry department. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix Seminary. A pastoral teacher, conference speaker, ministry leader, and spiritual director, Steve is the author of Becoming a Healthy Church ( www.healthychurch.net), Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook, Becoming a Healthy Disciple, and Becoming a Healthy Team. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and make their home in Massachusetts.