Item description for 11 Innovations in the Local Church: How Today's Leaders Can Learn, Discern and Move Into the Future by Elmer Towns, Ed Stetzer & Warren Bird...
3 seasoned church-growth experts. 11 types of church innovation, each with profiles of the the congregations implemented and a solid take-away for how to apply the innovation profiled. Allows the leader to be more intentional with new direction.
Publishers Description Join three seasoned church-ministry experts on an insider's tour of the most innovative churches today Discover a dozen types of innovation, each with profiles of congregations that have implemented that innovation. This is more than a show and tell tour, however. Each chapter offers a solid take-away for church leaders on how to learn and apply the appropriate innovation profiled. The authors also offer scripturally-based assessments of both the positive and negatives implications of implementing each innovation, providing guidance and wisdom. There are many ways to present the Gospel, and this timely book will serve as a springboard for church leaders scratching their heads and asking themselves, "What should we do next?" By learning from a dozen different church types, church leaders can become more intentional about exploring new directions and reaching more of the world for Christ.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.19" Width: 5.95" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 5, 2007
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830743782 ISBN13 9780830743780
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More About Elmer Towns, Ed Stetzer & Warren Bird
Dr. Elmer Towns is the co-founder of Liberty University, the largest private nonprofit university in the world. Towns is also a prominent Christian leader, author, and speaker on the principles of church growth, church leadership, Christian education, Sunday school, and prayer and fasting. He has authored over 170 books, eight of which are listed on the Christian Booksellers Bestselling List. In 1995 he received the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Booksellers Association for Book of the Year in Biblical Study, The Names of the Holy Spirit. Most recently Dr. Towns served as the dean of the B. R. Lakin School of Religion, dean of the Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, and Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Liberty University. In the fall of 2013, Towns announced he would be taking a sabbatical from his teaching and administration duties to focus on speaking and writing. He lives in Lynchburg, VA.
Elmer Towns currently resides in Lynchburg.
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Reviews - What do customers think about 11 Innovations In The Local Church?
Church Innovations Dec 9, 2009
What are the most effective new ways of communicating the Good News of Jesus? That's essentially the question addressed in this book by Elmer Towns, Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. The book describes different strategies adopted by churches, and attempts to identify what we can learn from each one, and also things we should be cautious about.
The specific types of churches described are organic house churches, recovery churches, multi-site churches, ancient-future churches, city-reaching churches, community transformation churches, cyber-enhanced churches, Nickelodeon-style children-focused churches, intentionally multicultural churches, decision-journey churches, and attractional churches. The authors suggest that we can learn important ideas from all of these styles of churches, and I tend to agree, although I think it is more important for a church to do one thing well than to attempt many things poorly.
The ideas which appealed most to me as likely to be effective were community transformation (where the church invests significant resources in the local community), intentionally multicultural churches (where the church deliberately chooses to embrace multiple cultures), and children-focused churches (where the church invests significant resources in making the children's programs compelling).
Good research May 28, 2009
Great book if you are interested in expanding your church's methods of reaching the lost. Allows you to look at other churches and their methodology while examining the strenght and weakness of each method.