3 Books Every Pastor Should Read For Church Growth

3 Books Every Pastor Should Read For Church Growth
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Are you trying to refill your church pews after the pandemic?

All over the world, churches lost members when the lockdowns hit. Today, it's vital that we start getting these members back to church.

Here are a few books that I recommend reading for ideas...

But first, how can you trust these books are even worth your time to read?

Fair question...

When choosing the books I made sure to choose authors who had written multiple books, had great reviews, and stuck closely to scripture with their methods.

Everyone knows we could fill the pews if we just offered free food and drinks. However, I'm sure you want to know how to fill the pews in a way that aligns with sound doctrine and biblical principles.

The other thing I did when choosing is making sure there was a mix of modern tactics as old school tried and true tactics. Lastly, I made sure that the authors I chose were pastors themselves or had extensive experience helping pastors.

That said, let's get into the list...

#1 Biblical Church Growth

by Gary L. Mcintosh

Author Gary McIntosh explores the biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today's culture. Instead of concentrating on the ephemeral how of church growth, he focuses on the unchanging why. McIntosh defines church growth as "all that is involved in bringing men and women who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ into fellowship with him and into responsible church membership."

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#2 Evaluating the Church Growth Movement

by Gary Mcintosh

This timely volume in the Counterpoints series addresses the history of the movement that has become such an enormous shaping force on the Western church today, and it explores--in a roundtable forum of leading voices--five main perspectives on the classic Church Growth movement

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#3 Comeback Churches

by Ed Stetzer

What they have discovered is an exciting method of congregation reinvigoration that is shared in the new book entitled Comeback Churches. Endorsements “As a successful pastor, church planter, researcher, and advisor to thousands of churches, Ed Stetzer speaks from a wealth of experience with all kinds of churches. Now, in one volume, your church can benefit from his wisdom. This book is a winner!” —Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and The Purpose-Driven Church

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Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors

by Jonathan Malm

In this practical book, Jonathan Malm examines 50 ways churches make first-time visitors feel unwelcome. The transgressions range from insider lingo to awkward transitions, a cold congregation to the over-eager greeter.

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