Item description for The Incredible Shrinking Church by Frank Page & John Perry...
Overview Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page offers simple,powerful, experienced advice on how to put declining or plateau churches back on a path to certain growth.
Publishers Description Who can save the incredible shrinking church? Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president Frank Page enters the booming church growth book market from a fresh angle, writing from his own experience in leadership positions at several houses of worship that soon turned around on what had looked like a path of irreversible decline. Page's insights are refreshingly simple. He urges pastors to address their shrinking churches with a spirit of faith rather than fear, instructing them to put on the whole armor of God to slay whatever giants have threatened attendance numbers, ministry impact, and the worship experience. In step with those initiatives are practical reminders to embrace the inevitability of change in various church programs, build the right team of leaders, learn from other turnaround churches, and reach out from comfort zones into the surrounding community.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.91" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805446613 ISBN13 9780805446616
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More About Frank Page & John Perry
Frank Page is president of the sixteen-million-strong Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has also served as a seminary professor, Bible reference writer, and international speaker. Page and his wife have three daughters. John Perry has coauthored books with John MacArthus, Richard Land, Mike Huckabee and others. He is a two-time Gold Medallion Award finalist.
Frank Page was born in 1930.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Incredible Shrinking Church?
The Incredible Shrinking Church Sep 25, 2009
Dr. Page gives a clear evaluation of the state of our churches today. Easy to read.
Energetic conversation of hope Apr 28, 2008
If you are a pastor, imagine this scenario. A bunch of pastors regularly meet together for fellowship and a meal, and today you have been invited along. Maybe you don't know a whole lot about these men, but you do know they have a passion for the growth and health of the local church. Although there may be areas where you differ in theology and methodology, there is no doubt that these men want to obey the great commission and to see lives changed with the gospel, and that they have brought that to bear in fruitful gospel ministry. Furthermore, they are not pessimists nor are they just talkers - they go forth with great hope and action in the work of the gospel.
Would you want to join them and listen in on their conversation? Would you like for the Christian optimism to rub off on your own ministry? Knowing that not everything thrown out for discussion would jive with your own understanding of ministry, would it still be worth your time to go?
If so, then you will probably enjoy and profit from this new, fast-paced book from Frank Page, the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Reading through it will take no longer than that hypothetical lunch engagement.
Packed with personal anecdotes and a generous helping of quotes from other similar books (i.e. Stetzer, Rainer, Warren), Page serves up a lot of pastoral counsel to pastors who want the church to stop "shrinking" and instead find growth and life and vitality.
You can hear the Southern charm of Page coming through in lines like this zinger - "The fields are white with harvest, but these churchgoers don't care for the crop. There's corn and cucumbers everywhere, and all they want is tomatoes."
Page gives practical advice - "One thing I encourage pastors to do, whatever the size of their churches, is to be personally involved as much as possible in the lives of their people. In this age of impersonal electronic communication, a genuine personal letter is like a little present delivered by the mailman. I write personal letters every week to members of my church. I write to every member who has lost a spouse the week before the first anniversary of that loss. I also write personal notes before Mother's Day and Father's Day to every member who has lost that parent in the past year. Until our membership climbed above one thousand, I used to call members on their birthdays."
Page wants to see pastors really love the church, meaning people- "Wise pastors set two goals for themselves in the first year of a new pastorate: to learn and to love."
When I say that this "lunch meeting" is full of optimism, it is because of quotes like this: "Hold onto the promises of Scripture, ditch the fear, and forge ahead with faith. Faith produces a vision for success that is impossible to capture if all you see is the mess your church has become. ...Let faith shape your perspective. You haven't come to your calling as pastor by accident. You haven't come to this church by accident. God is moving and working in your life, ready and willing for you to call on Him for assurance any time. Claim the faith that God has for you, base your perspective on faith instead of fear, and the Lord will show you the way to lead your church forward into a brighter future."
As a pastor myself, I am glad I took the time to listen in on the encouraging conversation this book offers.