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Overview Author Donald A. McGavran is considered a founder of the Church Growth Movement in America. In this 3rd edition of his standard work, McGavaran analyzes the causes, methods and strategies for successful church growth both in America and abroad.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802804632 ISBN13 9780802804631
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A classic in evangelism/missiology Nov 11, 2002
This revised edition is the place to get both the broadest and deepest exposure to the thinking of one of the twentieth century's most important missiologists. It is better than the first edition in applying the theses developed in India and elsewhere to the North American situation. It is better than the third edition, revised and edited by his student C. Peter Wagner, in conveying McGavran's passion. Although the book includes biblical and theological research and reflection, case studies from contemporary missions on many continents, and illustrations from little-known periods of older church history, much is presented with the passion of a good sermon or courtroom argument. The major thesis is that "missions" or "evangelism" must be seen as the task of persuading people to become committed followers of Jesus Christ and responsible members of local churches. The secondary thesis is that this can be accomplished only by understanding the receiver of the Christian message as well as the message itself. On the basis of these convictions, he argues the legitamacy and importance of keeping thorough and accurate records, of asking hard questions in statistical and case study research, and using the insights of the social sciences in developing mission strategy. Persons who view the Church Growth Movement as obsessed with numbers, marketing, megachurches, or merely the despised (and usually misunderstood and misquoted)"Homogeneous Unit Principle" would do well to go the primary document of the movement which takes its name from his groundbreaking studies and teaching. There are things to argue with here, and plenty have done so, both with and without actually reading what he said. But there is so much to learn--and do. Anyone serious about evangelistic strategy should become familiar with the concepts McGavran introduced or illuminated.