Description : John Wimber's first book, POWER EVANGELISM describes the releasing of God's power today through signs and wonders to refresh, renew, heal and equip his people. Drawing from the teaching of the New Testament, with illustrations from his own experience, Wimber persuades us 'to yield control of our lives to the Holy Spirit, learning to hear and do his will, risking all we have to defeat Satan and to advance the kingdom of God'.
Description : Provides six proven successful "mega-strategies" for bringing more people into the church. Explains why John Wesley's writings still hold valuable insights for church growth. "In reading the manuscript, I was inspired by the constant swing between theory and practice. Here is a valid principle, writes Hunter; here is how it works in Tampa, Florida, or Wilmington, Delaware. I was also enthused, as you will be, to observe how McGavran and Wesley targeted 'responsive' people, how they both used indigenous music and language and culture, how they identified needs and met them, and how determined both were to have supportive fellowship groups, lest converts die 'aborning'."--Richard Wilke, from the foreword.
Description : The reason you have this manual in your hands is that you hope yours can become a growing congregation. The question is "How?" This study has been prepared by a minister whose church increased its membership from 790 to 1,200 plus and its worship attendance from 340 to 650 in five years. The study is designed to help you and your church develop a positive, practical, biblical-based answer to the question: "How can it happen to us?" Chapter titles include: - The approach - Prayer, power, Bible power and Small group dynamics - Christian education - Getting started Dr. Michael Brown, chairperson of the Commission on Evangelism and Church Growth for The United Methodist Church in western North Carolina, is pastor of one of the most rapidly growing United Methodist congregations in his state. He serves as a church growth/revitalization consultant through Growth Plus and The National Evangelistic Association.
Description : If we really want to win our world for Christ, we must bring both holiness and power back into our lives. A church on fire will draw countless thousands to her light.
Description : Defining evangelism as initiating people into the kingdom, Abraham critiques contemporary church growth and evangelism from a theological perspective. A good text for a graduate level course on evangelism.
Description : Why Plan Strategy? Is church growth theory incompatible with belief in the sovereignty of God? Does adherence to church growth principles leave out dependency upon the work of the Holy Spirit? C. Peter Wagner answers no to both questions. He further believes that no task could be more crucial than fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation, and how to approach and plan for the execution of this task is the questions of the day. Strategies for Church Growth addresses this key issue in a biblically pragmatic way. It brings together for the first time many principles of evangelism and missions which have proved, through recent research and experience, to be effective in implementing the Great Commission. It also unifies, in concise form, the latest research of the Church Growth Movement, the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization, the U.S. Center for World Mission and numerous other key contributors to the recent explosion of evangelistic technology. Among the topics explored are: - the major components of strategy - choosing the appropriate strategy - advantages of having a strategy - the theology of church growth - the harvest principle and soil testing - why you should aim for church growth - characteristics of good goals - the meaning of mission and evangelism - how to target your outreach
Description : The author of Church Growth and the Power of Evangelism, and Christian Education Made Easy urges church leaders--both clergy and lay--to follow a revolutionary model of leadership which seeks first the gospel in its ministry to the community, and secondarily its own self-preservation.
Description : The Church Growth Movement has divided devout Christians. Even though Rainer is an advocate, his aim here is to present an objective view of the movement--its history, the theology associated with it, and the principles which seem to separate churches that grow from those that don't.