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Reveal Where Are You? Paperback – August, 2007
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With contributions from Eric Arnson Foreword by Bill Hybels Is your church really making a difference? How do you know? Do you ever lie awake at night wondering . . . Do our programs really help people grow? Are we putting our resources into ministries that genuinely change lives? Are we helping people become more like Christ, or just keeping them busy? For years, church leaders have relied on numbers to help answer questions like these. In other words, we ask the "How many?" question. How many. . .members? Baptisms? Decisions for Christ? How many attend each week? Are in small groups? Actively serve? Tithe? Numbers can be helpful, but they don't reveal the whole story. Numbers can't peer into the human heart. When it comes to spiritual growth, we need to be able to measure more than numbers. We need a glimpse of people's attitudes, thoughts and emotions. We need a tool that reveals the heart of each person. Now Willow Creek invites you to learn what it discovered in a three-year process of study and research-involving six other churches as well as congregants from Willow Creek. Discover the four segments that characterize the journey of spiritual growth. Learn more about what catalyzes and stunts spiritual growth. And understand how the church needs to change in order to help people become more like Christ. What you discover here may challenge you. Or confirm nagging suspicions you've had all along. Either way, the findings in REVEAL will undoubtedly change the way you think about church-and what it really takes to make a difference.
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1) Congregation meetings are for those who've just come into relationship with Jesus to around 5years old in Jesus. These are then to be sent out to practice the spiritual disciplines they've been taught.
2) No one in the "congregational" setting is teaching the spiritual disciplines.
As those who analyzed the data agree, there must be another way; yet "REVEAL" doesn't tell you what that is.
Willow Creek, in trying to understand better what was happening with their members, started leveraging marketplace survey methodologies to determine what was working for their congregation and what wasn't in terms of enabling spiritual growth. Were they being as successful as they thought they were?
The answer was no, and the book takes you through their findings and the correlations they found to survey answers and people's perceived spiritual growth.
To the extent that this book helps pastors, congregations, elders and those interested in their own spiritual growth ask more questions about their intent, success, etc...to actually inspect what they are doing rather than just assuming it is working because people show up, it is a very good thing.
On the other hand, many people want to think that because this team discovered correlations in the survey data that there is a definitive way to do church and too many churches try to do the same thing, it will not be good for actual growth for many churches and for God's kingdom.
I don't suggest that there is no place for the methodologies or for formulas but we need to strive to keep in mind that similarly to all the marriage books and self help manuals, there are practices that can generally help relationships, but ultimately, you have to put the work into a relationship to see it blossom. That is true of our relationship with God as well and the church, as the reveal study does indicate, needs to push people to do the work and invest in their relationship with God to see it mature.