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Counterpoints: Evaluating the Church Growth Movement

Counterpoints: Evaluating the Church Growth Movement

by Elmer Towns, Craig Van Gelder, Charles E. Van Engen, Gailyn Van Rheenen and Howard A. Snyder

Gaining form and momentum over the second half of the 20th century, the Church Growth movement has become an enormous shaping force on the Western church today. You may love it, you may hate it, but you can’t deny its impact. But what exactly is Church Growth? In what ways has the movement actually brought growth to the church, and how effective has it bee… Read more…

Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

by Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile

Explores how the church has engaged—and should engage—the American contextWhat might faithful and meaningful Christian witness look like within our changing contemporary American context?After analyzing contemporary challenges and developing a missiological approach for the US church, Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile reflect on the long, comp… Read more…

The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit

The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit

by Craig Van Gelder

This fresh perspective on the church explores its essential nature as a community of people governed by the Word and led and taught by the Spirit.… Read more…

The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit

The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit

by Craig Van Gelder and Alan Roxburgh

In a time when churches are focusing on finding strategies and techniques to guarantee success, a movement toward the missional church is emerging. Missional churches are communities created by the Spirit with a unique nature and identity. Purpose and strategies of the church are derivative dimensions, the activities that flow naturally from the church that … Read more…

The Missional Church in Perspective (The Missional Network): Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

The Missional Church in Perspective (The Missional Network): Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

by Craig Van Gelder, Alan Roxburgh and Dwight J Zscheile

In this book, two leading ministry experts place the missional church conversation in historical perspective and offer fresh insights for its further development. They begin by providing a helpful review of the genesis of the missional church and offering an insightful critique of the Gospel and Our Culture Network's seminal book Missional Church, which … Read more…