Becoming a Healthy Church: Ten Traits of a Vital Ministry

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In Becoming a Healthy Church, Stephen Macchia illustrates how to move beyond church growth to church health. Healthy growth is a process that requires risk taking, lifestyle changes, and ongoing evaluation. This book is a practical, hands-on manual to launch you and your church into a process of positive change.

Hundreds of churches have already implemented Macchia's ten traits and the results can be applied to churches everywhere, regardless of size, denomination, ethnic ...

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Overview

In Becoming a Healthy Church, Stephen Macchia illustrates how to move beyond church growth to church health. Healthy growth is a process that requires risk taking, lifestyle changes, and ongoing evaluation. This book is a practical, hands-on manual to launch you and your church into a process of positive change.

Hundreds of churches have already implemented Macchia's ten traits and the results can be applied to churches everywhere, regardless of size, denomination, ethnic diversity, geography, or setting.

"A wonderful tool that I recommend to every church that is serious about being purpose-driven."-Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life

"Macchia has put his finger on the ten most outstanding characteristics of a healthy church. Cultivation of these characteristics will, through the gracious providence of God, lead to a veritable revival of Christ's church in our time."-Walter C. Kaiser Jr., president, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Few people I know care as deeply about the local church as Steve Macchia. This book makes a huge contribution to the effort of church renewal worldwide."-Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church

"Macchia's sensitivity and spiritual passion for the strengthening of the local church is well known. You will find spiritual insight and practical profitability in this book."-Jack Hayford, The Church on the Way

Stephen A. Macchia is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a ministry focusing on spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. He is the author of Becoming a Healthy Disciple and Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801065033
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 935,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen A. Macchia is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a ministry focusing on spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. He is the author of Becoming a Healthy Church, Becoming a Healthy Disciple, and Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 11
Preface 13
1. Essential Ingredients of a Healthy Ministry 17
2. God's Empowering Presence 27
Characteristic 1
3. God-Exalting Worship 41
Characteristic 2
4. Spiritual Disciplines 59
Characteristic 3
5. Learning and Growing in Community 7
Characteristic 4
6. A Commitment to Loving and Caring Relationships 95
Characteristic 5
7. Servant-Leadership Development 115
Characteristic 6
8. An Outward Focus 135
Characteristic 7
9. Wise Administration and Accountability 157
Characteristic 8
10. Networking with the Body of Christ 179
Characteristic 9
11. Stewardship and Generosity 197
Characteristic 10
12. The Process of Becoming a Healthy Church 215
Afterword 223
Appendix Ministry Platform of Vision New England 226
Notes 232
Selected Bibliography and Strategic Planning Resources 235
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