Understanding Church Growth

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 12, 1990 - Religion - 310 pages
In this missionary classic, first published in 1970, Donald A. McGavran skillfully combines theological convictions, empirical research, sociological principles, and spiritual insights to mold a paradigm for effective evangelism strategy both at home and abroad. This third edition, revised and edited by C. Peter Wagner, retains the book's original aim and essence while modernizing the language and streamlining the flow of ideas, reducing the book's bulk by 35 percent. Other features of this edition include an additional chapter on divine healing and an expanded, updated, and annotated reading list.
 

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Contents

THE COMPLEX FAITHFULNESS THAT IS CHURCH GROWTH
3
GODS WILL AND CHURCH GROWTH
20
TODAYS TASK OPPORTUNITY AND IMPERATIVE
31
THE MARVELOUS MOSAIC
43
A UNIVERSAL FOG
54
THE FACTS NEEDED
67
DISCOVERING THE WHY OF IT
91
SOURCES TO SEARCH FOR CAUSES OF GROWTH
107
WITHOUT CROSSING BARRIERS
163
THE RECEPTIVITY OF INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES
179
THE MASSES THE CLASSES AND CHURCH GROWTH
195
HALTING DUE TO REDEMPTION AND LIFT
209
PEOPLE MOVEMENTS
221
KINDS OF PEOPLE MOVEMENTS AND THEIR CARE
238
STREAM ACROSS THE BRIDGES
253
SET GOALS
265

HELPS AND HINDRANCES TO UNDERSTANDING
118
REVIVAL AND CHURCH GROWTH
133
DIVINE HEALING AND CHURCH GROWTH
144
SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND CHURCH GROWTH
153

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