A few books…
Based on his consultancy experience with churches and dioceses over the last three years and further research on the causes of church growth, Bob Jackson’s book shows how the Church at parish, diocesan and national level can overturn its old cycle of decline and begin a new cycle of growth. At its heart, this book is about how local churches can thrive and grow in the early twenty-first century.
Part 1 outlines the current context, offering a sharp analysis behind the reasons for church growth and decline.
Part 2 describes churches which are already experiencing growth both in numerical and ministry strength. It looks at lessons learnt and what is at the heart of a resurgent, thriving Church.
Parts 3 and 4 set out workable strategies and unpacks ways in which human and financial resources can be deployed to support and sustain the growth of the local church. This is not about glib, short-term solutions promising quick results. The goal of this book is to help transform fragile signs of hope for the Church into a solid road to growth.
“Developing Healthy Churches is an utterly practical and realistic guide for any leader seeking to revitalize and grow their church. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Healthy Churches’ Handbook, this new volume will help you implement tried and tested approaches for healthy church growth in your parish. Realistic and encouraging, disarmingly honest and grounded in the reality of parish life, it will help you build up your church in several key areas: nurturing spirituality, re-thinking pastoral care, refreshing the home group, engaging in mission, expressing Christian values. Whether your church is large or small, well-resourced or struggling, here is an essential resource for revitalizing your life and mission. A study guide is also included, making this ideal as a parish development course.”
A wide mix of people from many different walks of life share ideas for enhancing the life, worship and mission of local churches. The ideas range from the simple to the ground breaking; some are short and pithy, some are case studies, some have a biblical focus, a top tip and a business perspective. Not all suggestions will appeal to everyone but there is plenty of food for thought here for church leaders and provide material for discussion for churches. Contributors include John Adair, Richard Dannatt, John Sentamu, David Blunkett. The book is commissioned by MODEM, a gathering of people who are passionate to see good ministry and good management working together to build up all God’s people whether in the church or the workplace.