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Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth by [Hawkins, Greg L., Parkinson, Cally]
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About the Author

Greg L. Hawkins is executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. He is also co-creator of REVEAL, an initiative that utilizes research tools and discoveries to help churches better understand spiritual growth in their congregations. Greg and his wife, Lynn, live in the Chicago suburbs with their three children.

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.

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  • File Size: 9806 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCAV96
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By John Gibbs on July 26, 2011
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It may be impossible for us to tell the secrets of people's hearts, but it really is possible to know whether the people in church congregations are truly growing more in love with God and extending that love to other people, according to Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson in this book. The book describes findings from surveys which probe much more deeply than the typical "number of attenders", "number of baptisms", and "number of participants in small groups" figures which are traditionally used to gauge the health of churches.

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".
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This book is essentially the result of a series of surveys prompted by Willow Creek's self-evaluation back in 2008 or so. This self-evaluation prompted a number of changes in the church's approaches to ministry (270-277). I liked some aspects of the book, but I didn't like others. I'll start with what I liked and then tell you what I didn't like.

The positives: The writers emphasize the importance of biblical engagement, pulling away from some of the pushes for diet Scripture teaching and preaching of yesteryear (10, 219-227). They even laud the oft-assumed dinosaur of expository preaching as an effective means to this end (222). The writers dismiss the activity and program-oriented model of church growth (16-17) for a model that is more focused on individuals and their spiritual vitality. Participation is not enough (33). The admission that the churches surveyed primarily are filled with immature believers was interesting (51). While I don't know if this is true across the board, it is a valuable statistic to be aware of. The fact that believers "expect to be challenged" (54) is a strong point to make, but a needed one. We sometimes tend to think that avoiding placing church members into tight accountability structures makes the church more attractive, but it really does just the opposite. I thought the gap concept (88-98) was very important. The church does a good job teaching people to assent to key biblical concepts like stewardship, evangelism, service, and love for others, but can often fail at driving the congregants to actuate these beliefs. The importance of accountability and intimacy through spiritual friendships and mentorships is highlighted (120).
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I admire the authors of this book as they are willing to go against the flow. Modern churches and ministries are often focused on attendence, buildings, and cash. This leads to gauging success on how full the building is, the state of the art facilities, and the offering amount. Nothing is farther from the truth as the Bible does not gauge success that way. God says, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you...", (Matthew 28:19-20a). Success in God's eyes is equated with the above Great Commission. It includes the balance of winning souls to Christ and discipling them so they will grow in their faith.

In the eyes of the world, Willowcreek Community Church is an tremendously successful. Yet, Greg, one of the authors asked, "Are all the things we do at Willow that these people so generously support really helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ or are we just giving them a nice place to go to church?" The research results to answer that question are as follows...

1.) Increased participation in church activities by themselves barely moved their people to love God and others more.

2.) They had a lot of dissatisfied people.

3.) They had a lot of people so dissatisfied that they were ready to leave.

4.) All the great things they were doing and their people were barely moved.

A survey was done to check out other churches and to get an overall picture of churches in America. This led to a comprehensive approach to re-focus Willow's ministry and assist other churches too.

The book, "Move", is about having an action plan to move people from exploring Christ to growing in Christ, from growing in Christ to close to Christ, and from close to Christ to Christ-centered.
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