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Literature on Church Growth

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How to do Mission Action Planning

  • Author: Chew, M. & Ireland, M.
  • Date of Publication: 2009
  • Origin: UK

This text looks at the development, best practice in and success of Mission Action Planning (MAP) in England. The authors give three top priorities for MAP: they should ensure that churches are purposeful, developing and focused. Unpacking these qualities, they look at practice amongst the increasing number of dioceses using MAPs and examine the following cyclical process: review, set priorities, make plans and act on plans.

Resource Management

  • Author: Njino, J. K.
  • Date of Publication: 2008
  • Origin: US

From a managerial background this text looks into organisational practices, HR, motivation theories and leadership. The text puts forward a justification of the managerial process for Church and Christian contexts.

Building a Strategic Church

  • Author: Beer, D.
  • Date of Publication: 2007
  • Origin: UK

This  book advocates strategic planning within the church as a key to growth. It focuses on some familiar areas and some less familiar: leadership, team spirit, relational structures, application preaching, training & equipping, exponential thinking, generous attitude, involvement with local community and caring heart.

David Beer suggests that strategy is fundamental in working with the Lord of the church, and essential if we are going to obey fully his command to "make disciples." Far from being an idea borrowed from the world of business, strategy is profoundly biblical. It is intentional obedience. David says: "Spiritual growth and church health are not automatic processes. They are the result of praying and planning and practical application. Strategic churches are those with a high resolve that they will do whatever it takes to present Christ to this generation."

Growth by Accident, Death by Planning

  • Author: Whitesel, B.
  • Date of Publication: 2004
  • Origin: US

It is a familiar experience. A congregation that had been growing in numbers and spiritual vitality reaches a plateau and then begins to decline. Most of the time, the plateau occurs long before the church arrives at the optimum number of members it hoped to attract. What has happened here? Why does growth slow down, stop, and then decline? The real question to ask, says Bob Whitesel, is why the church grew in the first place.

Whitesel lays out where churches go wrong in their planning for growth and how they can correct themselves. He does so by looking at three related phenomena: first, the factors that cause initial growth; second, the erroneous decisions that lead to getting stuck on the plateau; and finally, corrective steps that churches can take to regain growth and vitality.

ChurchNext: Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry

  • Author: Gibbs, E
  • Date of Publication: 2001
  • Origin: US

This book provides analysis on the pressures of both modernism and postmodernism that could squeeze Christianity. In addition the Author proposes nine areas in which the church will need to transform to be biblically true to its message and its mission to the world. With vigor and insight Gibbs shows how we can move:

  • from living in the past to engaging the present
  • from being market driven to being mission oriented
  • from following celebrities to encountering saints
  • from holding dead orthodoxy to nurturing living faith
  • from attracting a crowd to seeking the lost