Book: Growing The Church
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Is something crucial missing from your congregation's programs?
Beneath the surface of churches' programs and activities lies the more fundamental question of how leaders and churches can be enabled to discern and obediently cooperate with the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit offers a practical guide for nurturing churches in the dynamic cooperative process, drawing on a breadth of experience from around the world.
Since the Kingdom of God is an active expression of His reign on earth, it is extended and realized as individuals and churches seek and submit to His will and purposes.
Many leaders overlook the necessary precondition of discerning and cooperating with the empowering will of the Holy Spirit before putting their plans into action.
But how is this to be accomplished? Seven dynamics facilitate this process.
These factors, advanced by the church leadership and brought into being by the Holy Spirit, help congregations undertake such crucial tasks as preaching/teaching, worship, healing, governance, making disciples of converts, and evangelism.
As believers actively cooperate with the Holy Spirit, the church is strengthened in its role of being a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.
What Others Are Saying
“Every congregational leader should read Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit! What the reader will not find is another magical programmatic formula. What the reader will find is a refreshing balanced biblical understanding of the very heart of God’s plan to grow His Kingdom. The two foundations and seven dynamics expounded in the book are biblical elements tested in the crucible of everyday ministry. We started our church on these foundations and dynamics and we have the joy of watching God reap His bountiful harvest through us! The Body of Christ will be enriched, deepened, and expanded by implementing the dynamics taught in this book.”
-The Rev. Dr. Peyton Johnson
Founding Pastor of Lakeview Community Church
Tarpon Springs, Florida
“So many church growth books assume know-how on the part of leaders with regard to praying and hearing from the Lord, but the crying need of leaders is to learn how to hear and grow strong in cooperating with the Holy Spirit before jumping into the vast array of strategic planning models. Growing the Church should serve as a basic 101 course for leaders seeking to dance with the Holy Spirit, that is, to discern the leading and to move with the Holy Spirit in the mission of the local church.
-The Rev. Dr. Richard White
Senior pastor, Montreat Presbyterian Church
Montreat, North Carolina