(PUBJossey-Bass)With membership declining in most mainline churches, the Episcopal diocese of Texas is bucking the trend. Attendance and baptisms are up; giving has increased; there is strong support for outreach as well as greater overall lay participation. Listen to the fascinating story as it unfolds and hear which methods worked. 268 pages, hardcover.
Reclaiming the Great Commission describes a biblically based model that can restore the missionary power of first-century Christianity to twenty-first century denominations and their congregations. Based on shared vision and mission, the model can guide the members of any congregation or denomination into deeper and broader evangelism, an enhanced experience of community, and a renewed hope of personal and spiritual transformation.
"Payne has become known as an expert in church missions and growth with the publication of his book "Reclaiming the Great Commission." (Houston, TX Chronicle, 2/2/02)
"Readers looking for a how-to guide will not be disappointed." (Anglican Theological Review, 3/02)