Hope for the Church: Contemporary Strategies for Growth

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Church House Publishing, 2002 - Christianity - 196 pages
In Hope for the Church the author takes a challenging look at recent church attendance figures and sets out to interpret their message for today´s Church. Bob Jackson highlights areas where the Church is growing, analyses causes of decline and outlines strategic responses to the problem of declining numbers. Hope for the Church is, in essence, a plea to the church not to lose heart, but to be pro-active in the face of rapid social change.

Features up-to-date analysis of church attendance figures and practical growth strategies for all levels of leadership.
 

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User Review  - hcameron - LibraryThing

A model of how to use statistics in mission thinking. Jackson not only provides the numbers but some cogent reflection. He champions the importance of numerical growth (see the chapter ‘Bums on Seats’ in Hope for the Church) but his ultimate conclusion is that quality is what counts. (DH, 2008) Read full review

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User Review  - tcarter - LibraryThing

In some senses this is a very depressing book. This is because it unflinchingly describes the huge decline in the number of people involved with the Church of England over recent times. It's aim ... Read full review

Contents

Facing the truth
1
Bums on seats why they matter
17
Church growth mission possible
27
Bringing growth out of decline ii
33
Why should the future be any different?
46
The Church after Christendom
56
Using figures
70
Nurturing faith
80
Acting small whatever your size
108
Planting churches
132
Growing younger
146
Supporting the clergy
157
The vital role of the diocese
168
Renewing the spiritual heart
183
Notes
191
Index
193

Welcoming all
86
Taking risks
94

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