Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches
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Hear from pastors—male and female—from across the country who are creatively engaged in church growth. Authors Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee observed dynamic and growing congregations, all with unique situations and geography. The pair wondered what set these churches apart and what characteristics they held in common. The authors analyzed habits, behaviors, and attitudes in each congregation, and for their research, they interviewed pastors to learn details and context. Lo and behold, this work revealed these eight specific virtues that transcend place and demographics.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 1501852736
ISBN-13: 9781501852732

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Leaders who are interested in planting or revitalizing congregations often feel discouraged and defeated after leadership conferences, or after reading about the ’heroes’ of church planting and church growth. "They are amazing," they say. "I can’t be that amazing."
    
But Jesus’ load is easy and his burden is light. When we examine the practices and characteristics of those ’heroes’, we see striking trends and commonalities. Aspiring church leaders can learn the practices and develop the characteristics that will lead to successful churches. Instead of feeling defeated, new leaders should have a hope-filled sense of what new thing they can do.

Authors Matt Miofsky and Jason Byasse carefully researched, interviewed, and profiled successful church-growers across the U.S., and identified 8 characteristics these leaders and their congregations have in common. These pastors are still learning, still figuring out how to do this work and how to faithfully live into God’s call. But for now, how are they doing what they do? What mistakes have they made & learned from? Where have they paid the stupid tax that others should avoid? Each of these ’heroes’ is painfully ordinary and up front about their flaws. And each can see slightly farther than the rest of us. What do they see that we can learn from?

Discover the 8 characteristics, and learn how to adapt them for your own congregation and calling:

  1. Believe in miracles and act accordingly
  2. Integrate new people quickly
  3. Love the local
  4. Exist to reach the next person
  5. Elevate the practice of giving
  6. Work in teams
  7. Preach effectively to skeptics
  8. Make friends with the denomination


Author Bio

Matt Miofsky is the Lead Pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. Matt gained a degree in Advanced Math and played football at Washington University and then attended Candler School of Theology. Matt lives with his family in Saint Louis and has previously published two small group studies based on his sermon series, Happy? and Fail.

Jason Byassee is the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Vancouver School of Theology.  He previously served as senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church, a 1500-member congregation in Boone, NC. He is trained in systematic theology with a PhD from Duke, and he worked as a journalist at faithandleadership.com and at The Christian Century magazine. He authored six books, including The Gifts of the Small Church and Trinity: The God We Don’t Know with Abingdon Press.

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