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Growing an Engaged Church offers unique, research-based, often counterintuitive solutions to the challenges facing churches today, including declining congregant participation, decreasing contributions, and slumping membership. Ministers, priests, and church boards will find the evidence and answers in this book provocative, eye-opening, and, most importantly, actionable.
What if members of your congregation . . .
• were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in your church in the past month?
• were three times as satisfied with their lives?
• spent more than two hours per week serving and helping others in their community?
• tripled their giving to your church?
What would your church your parish look like? And how would you go about creating this kind of change? One thing is certain: Church leaders are never going to inspire more people to be actively and passionately involved in their congregations by doing the same things over and over again.
Pastors and lay leaders need something fresh. Something new. The last thing they need is "just another program" or to set up a laundry list of new activities for members.
Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church will appeal to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking for a way to be the Church instead of just "doing church."
Al Winseman, D.Min., is The Gallup Organizations Global Practice Leader for Faith-Based Organizations. He consults with congregations, denominations, and other religious organizations across the country, helping them put the power of engagement to work to improve their effectiveness. Winseman is a coauthor of Living Your Strengths (with more than 20,000 copies sold to date), a book that helps members of congregations discover and use their God-given talents and strengths.
Prior to joining Gallup, Winseman served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years leading thriving churches, including one he built from the ground up. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Jane, and their two college-aged daughters, Julie and Kaleigh.