Charles Peter Wagner (born 1930) is a Christian theologian, missiologist, missionary, writer, teacher, and church growth specialist best known for his controversial writings on spiritual warfare.
Wagner served as a missionary in Bolivia under the South American Mission and Andes Evangelical Mission (now SIM International) from 1956 to 1971. He then served for 30 years (1971 to 2001) as Professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary's School of World Missions until his retirement in 2001. He is the author of more than 70 books. He was the president of Global Harvest Ministries from 1993 to 2011 and is currently the chancellor emeritus of Wagner Leadership Institute, which serves to train leaders to join in a movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation, an organization Wagner also helped to found. He is currently the vice president of Global Spheres, Inc.
C. Peter Wagner currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
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From the back cover: Jul 26, 2007
Is your church healthy and growing or stagnant and dying? If your church is afflicted with remnant theology, spiritual naval gazing, pastoral timidity, hyper-cooperativism, or terminal ethnikitis, changes are it's already dying on the vine. On the other hand, if your church is growing it's probably ad healthy church. "Healthy churches, like healthy people," says the author, "exhibit certain vital signs." Wagner has his own list of 7 "signs" that lead can be taken as leading to good health and gives many illustrations of churches that exhibit and/or don't exhibit those signs. [Good material for preaching here.]
Way Ahead of It's Time! Feb 24, 2007
Very few books that I have read as a church planter have encouraged me as much as Wagner's "Your Church Can Grow". Originally written in the 70's and updated in the early 1980's, the principles shared in this book are timeless. Church planters in the 21st century will be given a SOLID foundation and understanding of what it takes to launch successfully and as important GROW your church. In fact, those pastors and lay leaders looking for a starting point to begin the plan to grow your church will not find a better book to begin with. Along with leadership development, understanding the "science" as Wagner explains it, of church growth will allow church leaders to fill their toolbox with the right right equipment! How do I know? I am the pastor of The Pointe in Albany, Georgia - a new church start (March 2006)that in its first year has grown to an average of over 630 in weekly worship attendance. The principles in this book helped us start with a solid footing to build The Pointe. A must read for new church planters and leaders looking for effective strategies in growing their congregations.