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About the Author
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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 16804 KB
- Publication Date : August 12, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Zondervan (August 12, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004DCAV96
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- Print Length : 279 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #210,444 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The "Reveal" surveys used by the authors measure the state of respondents' spiritual growth by asking questions relating to spiritual beliefs, attitudes, motivations, behaviours and satisfaction. Based on their responses, the respondents from each church can be divided into four groups: Exploring Christ, Growing in Christ, Close to Christ, and Christ-Centred. Some 250,000 people from more than 1,000 churches have taken the survey, and the results allow the authors to draw some interesting inferences about the catalysts which move people in their spiritual journeys from one group to the next, and about barriers to growth and how to overcome them, and about what steps church leaders can take to help the spiritual growth process.
I recommend that church leaders get a copy of the book and study carefully the various catalysts of spiritual growth at each stage of the journey. The catalysts for growth from "Exploring Christ" to "Growing in Christ" are different from those for growth from "Growing in Christ" to "Close to Christ", and these are different again from those for growth from "Close to Christ" to "Christ-Centred". Apart from these catalysts, the authors identified some actions taken by churches which had markedly higher-than-average results in the surveys:
* Get people moving, by having a clear pathway for people on their spiritual journeys.
* Embed the Bible in everything the church does.
* Create ownership by inspiring people to adopt the vision of the church as part of their identity.
* Pastor the local community by taking responsibility for addressing local community needs.
Interestingly, the churches with the best results in the surveys ranged in size from small to very large. Some were predominantly white, some predominantly African-American, and some were multicultural. Very few of the pastors of those churches are famous, and most seemed surprised to discover that their churches ranked well above the average for spiritual growth.
Surveys are difficult. Imagine surveying over 250,000 congregants. If you ask each respondent four questions you have in excess of 1,000,000 data points to roll up and explain. The authors do a really effective job with Move. If you work in high tech (sorry, I’m not as familiar with other industries), imagine a very compact, very linear, director to executive PowerPoint presentation. Now, add in just enough words to articulate the bullet points and you get this book.
Honesty is difficult. Imagine you roll up a large amount of survey data and the results don’t align with the core assumptions of your company, or perhaps even your industry. There is a great temptation to massage the messaging before bubbling it up the management chain.
On the very first page of the book's Foreword, the Church Founder and Senior Pastor states: “What they [the authors] discovered challenged some of our core assumptions about our effectiveness as a church.”
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Es geht auch um Glaubenswachstum und was deine Kirchengemeinde für die verschiedenen Gruppen tun könnte.
Beim Lesen hatte ich einige Aha Momente und kann das Buch dem interessierten leitenden Laien, Presbyter, Ältesten und natürlich auch Pfarrern empfehlen, denen das Glaubenswachstum der Gemeindeglieder zu wertvoll ist als es dem Zufall zu überlassen.
The major criticism and this is MAJOR! Is that all the research is summarized throughout the book in charts. I remember looking at them in the hard copy edition and thinking the lettering style surrounded with a fluorescent glow worked nicely on glossy paper. On both of my kindle devices color and e-ink every single chart WAS TOTALLY AND PAINFULLY ILLEGIBLE. All of the text looked badly out of focus. This would not have been as big a problem if the chart detail were always summarized I the plain text of the book, but it often isn't.
Willow Creek please revise the chart otherwise buy a hard copy.
I would definitely recommend the book to pastors and church leaders who have a burning desire to see their church mobilize as an army for the advancement of the kingdom God.