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Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual people---congregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.
Number of Pages: 286
Publication Date: 2011
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One of the churchs primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in peoples lives. Todays pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area. Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual peoplecongregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.
Cally Parkinson is brand manager for REVEAL and previously served as the director of communication services at Willow Creek Community Church, a role she undertook following a twenty-five-year career at Allstate Insurance Company. Cally and her husband, Rich, live in the Chicago suburbs and have two grown children.
dtm60Pearl City, HIAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Very Eye OpeningAugust 19, 2013dtm60Pearl City, HIAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The results of their study were very revealing. It changes the way we think about ministry and what is important to people going to church.
Jan Boswell4 Stars Out Of 5Well documented and eye openingSeptember 22, 2012Jan BoswellQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This study helps us see clearly where churches are succeeding and where they are failing. The book confirmed some of my worst fears, while offering hope for the future. While I do question some of wording used in the surveys, I do not question the validity of the findings. A must read for those in, or going into, ministry.
DwrightKnoxville,TNAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Must read for church staffSeptember 21, 2012DwrightKnoxville,TNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Willow Creek has done a volume of work that churches have been needing for decades.
frjackgreeleyGreeley, COAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!-unless you want a magic bulletJune 11, 2012frjackgreeleyGreeley, COAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4OK, maybe I have a few issues with definitions, but here is something that is relevant and helpful to my situation in an old, established, mainline church. If your passion is church growth and/or financial prosperity, forget this one. But if all that keeps you in the job as pastor is a desire to see people formed in the image and character of Jesus then fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.