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Covenant Seminary professor and Practical Theology Department Chair, Philip Douglass, presents 8 types of church personalities, based on his years of research and personal field experience; includes a complete diagnostic to help you to determine your church's ideal style of ministry.
Churches differ in their size, structure, and purpose, but they also differ in ministry style. A play-it-safe, old-line traditional downtown church has a different culture from a new startup church plant. They differ in the same way that two people do. And the personality of both the old-line downtown church and the new church plant differ from that of a church on the edge of a university, or a rural church, or a suburban church. This book is intended for ministers and prospective ministers as they consider which type of church service to pursue and for pastoral search committees as they consider which type of minister to call.
Philip D. Douglass (BA, Washington and Lee University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, St. Louis University) is the professor of church planting, growth and renewal at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the faculty in 1986 after fourteen years of pastoring in the Washington, DC, area, where he planted three churches for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Since coming to the seminary, he has started two churches and recently ministered for six years as the weekend pastor of a local church where he mentored students while continuing to teach fulltime. He has served twenty-one years on the PCA's Committee on Mission to North America (the church planting agency of the PCA), including five years as chairman, and continues as a member of MNA on the national and presbytery levels. Dr. Douglass is known for taking time to mentor and assist students in clarifying their sense of calling, as well as for encouraging their vision for church planting.
Philip has tackled an extremely important and neglected area demonstrating the cruciality of understanding a churchs personality and the giftedness and leadership style of the pastor. If the two are not in significant accord, burnout and lack of fruitfulness develop. This book provides the tools to help match the two. I highly recommend it!
For more than three decades Dr. Phil Douglass has planted churches, inspired church planters, revitalized dying churches, advised struggling churches and trained future pastors. Now he pours that wealth of experience and scholarship into an immensely helpful book that will help pastors, lay people and pastoral search committees understand the personality of their churches so they can plan and staff according to their unique mix of gifts rather than according to naive assumptions, idealistic expectations or simplistic reactions. Douglass writes with a profound respect for the special work of the Spirit of God in individual churches. The observations are keen, the advice is sage, and the practical help will provide new hope to many.