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Church Still Works
An In-Depth Study of the Practices and Potential of Twenty-first Century Local Churches
by Paul Chappell & Clayton Reed
Based upon an independent, nationwide survey of independent Baptist churches, this book provides a thought-provoking and encouraging look at local church ministry—a fresh perspective on how God’s plan still works! Beginning with an unbiased look at comprehensive data, part one of this book examines the present state of independent Baptists across the nation and across many various subsets and fellowship groups. Most statistics are revealing and encouraging, while others present a great need and challenge us to do better.
Part two explores the concept of positive deviance—what healthy churches are doing that struggling churches are not doing. You will delight to study seven biblical principles that healthy churches are practicing and that God is still blessing in twenty-first century ministry! You will be encouraged by real-time examples of dynamic local churches. The insightful data coupled with practical and biblical application will challenge you to chart a scriptural course for developing a healthy and dynamic local church.
Part three concludes the study with a personal call to “strive together”—to help meet the great needs of our nation and our world. We can make a lasting difference without compromising, but to do so, we must labor together to plant more local churches in more places.
Local church ministries that practice biblical principles are still effective and blessed of God!
With reliable data and biblical insight, this book reveals an encouraging untold story that every Christian should know!
(264 pages, hardback)
I love this book. It has changed my life. If you are a leader and want to know about how a church should run read Acts, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, and Eph, but then READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so good. The authors review the seven characteristics of healthy churches. There was only one area I wish they would have covered more as an eighth area is prayer. I want to say it again read this book. It is Biblical and practical.
READ THIS BOOK!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!! Mathew Vroman on Dec 8, 2010
An honest, thought provoking, look at our independent baptist churches. Reading the characteristics of healthy/growing and unhealthy/nongrowing churches is eye opening and helpful. The focus is not on emulating the biggest of the big. Instead, growing churches of all sizes and stages of growth are reviewed.
If you pastor an independent baptist church, YOU WILL FIND YOUR CHURCH IN THIS BOOK. You will also find helpful tips to spur growth in your ministry.
The emphasis on discipleship and church planting is timely.
This book is truly unique. You don't have anything like it in your library when you consider that the research is current and exclusively independent baptist.
A must read. Mike Westmoreland on Jun 14, 2010