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Book Review – Growing God’s Church


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author

gmcintoshGary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He is an internationally known speaker and church consultant who has written twenty-four books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and What Every Pastor Should Know. He lives in California.





3 thoughts on “Book Review – Growing God’s Church

  1. So I’m with you on believing that church growth has become too much about numbers leaving a lot of people sitting in pews who have yet to hear the gospel. It sounds like maybe he has a clearer vision than most on the topic? Or at least like he would not be fond of entertaining people into the church just to get the numbers up and then preaching a soft gospel so no one is offended and leaves? We have created a huge mess with some church growth methods and this makes me suspicious of all of them. Is that unfair? Maybe. It sounds like this writer at least understands that once in the pews they need to hear the bad news of sin and the good news of the gospel. What is that balance? You’re right that The Commission assumes a numerical growth (or the author is right) but at the expense of what?

    • Hello Ryan, This is why I am rethinking how I myself think about church growth. It isn’t that we completely disregard numbers. As McIntosh points out the Great Commission is about numerical growth. Where churches get it wrong is when numbers become the focus because this is often at the expense of a gospel proclamation since proclamation evangelism is not a popular method. It isn’t popular because it forces the hearer to make a decision and this always runs the risk of a person deciding to find another church where their comfort will not be threatened by forcing a decision.

      So as pastors, we must first be committed to the proclamation of the gospel regardless of how the hearer responds. At the same time, we must encourage the making of disciples in our spheres of influence starting with our family but not neglecting others.

  2. Rich

    Most church growth today is not real growth but moving members from congregation to another. Someone gets offended or decides they don’t like something about their church so they go to another. I don’t know this for a fact I guess but from my unofficial observations most new people at church come from another one. This isn’t really church growth because the Church universal is not growing, just being transient. The kind of growth that we should be concerned about the most is adding to the kingdom not moving around.

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