Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations [NOOK Book]


It is time to take heart and rework the scorecard.

According to Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer, the authors of Transformational Church, "Too often we've highlighted the negative realities of the declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope and transformation."

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It is time to take heart and rework the scorecard.

According to Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer, the authors of Transformational Church, "Too often we've highlighted the negative realities of the declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope and transformation."

Based on the most comprehensive study of its kind, including a survey of more than 7,000 churches and hundreds of on-site interviews with pastors, Transformational Church takes us to the thriving congregations where truly changing lives is the norm.

Stetzer and Rainer clearly confirm the importance of disciple making for all through active biblical engagement and prayerful dependence on God alongside of ever-increasing, intentional participation in mission and ministry activities. As the church engages these issues, the world will see the change:

* More people following Christ
* More believers growing in their faith
* More churches making an impact on their communities

The transformation starts now.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433671791
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 406,896
  • File size: 680 KB

Meet the Author

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. He has consulted with more than five hundred churches, served as pastor of four churches and interim pastor in seven churches, and spoken in hundreds of venues worldwide. Among his publications are hundreds of articles and nineteen books including the national bestseller Simple Church as well as Essential Church?, Raising Dad, and The Bridger Generation. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ed Stetzer is vice president of Research and Ministry Development at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. His books include Planting Missional Churches and Breaking the Missional Code.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    Transformational Church by Stetzer and Rainer seems to be the new 'church' book. I have seen it mentioned on countless church websites, Christian blogs and of course every single piece of publicity that mails from Nashville. So I had to read, right.

    Well honestly I am a church nerd. I am not just doing this pastor thing on the side while I drown my evenings in sports or drama this is what I like in fact I love it. That sort of love for the church is one thing I really do appreciate about Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer, they love the Church.

    The book is pretty simple (like all of Rainers book) the gist is thus - the Church is not dead and some churches show many signs of vibrancy and life change. That life change they refer to as Transformation and bada boom bada bang you get the Transformational Church.

    The entire work is structured around what they refer to as the Transformational Loop. The Loop has three parts - Discern, Embrace and Engage.

    Discern is all about your church obtaining and keeping a missionary mentality. That is to say the church ought to play its role - redemption and restoration for people and cultures to the Glory of God. Seems like a nice place to start since many churches are much more concerned with being a faith based alternative to the evils of society.

    The Embrace portion of the book was a bit hard for me to follow but I eventually caught on. Here the authors are noting that Transformational Churches all had a vibrant leadership, relational intentionality and prayerful obedience in common. If you don't got the first one I am not sure what you can do about that. The second is a challenge but can be done through some hard work - the point is that you are intentional about forming relationships with the goal of sharing the gospel and the third is 'spirit is willing.' situation. I did appreciate the observation that praying churches do not 'just happen'. The leaders of praying churches are purposeful about leading there people into prayer.

    Finally, Engage. If you have read Rainers 'Simple Church' (LOVE it!) then you will see clearly that the final section and S.C. fit hand in hand. In other words Transformational Churches are Simple Churches. That does not mean they do not have a lot going on or are not busy churches it simply means they have a purpose and process for everything they do. Not a lot of fluff. They focus on worship, small groups and missions. Simple enough but hard to do. Very hard.

    Should you read this book? Sure - you should read everything you can. For the pastor it serves as more of a reminder and maybe a tool to help get him back on tract for those things he knows he is supposed to do but has somewhere a long the way been distracted. For the lay person I am not sure how helpful this would be if your pastor was not on bored. You would come away thing either your pastor or the authors were off base. One if not true. The other is frustrating.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    but is it a transformational book?

    Let's see, I have read: Comeback Churches, Planting Missional Churches, Simple Church, Breakout Churches and.... no, I think that's it. I have read a lot of books by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. This new book, Transformational Church "creating a new scorecard for congregations" feels more like the duo's "latest album" than a brand new book.

    Right off, let me say that I liked it, it was a good read - but in a lot of ways it seemed to take the same approach Comeback Churches did. As researchers they set perimeters and then had churches qualify based on those. Next they sent them a questionnaire and compiled the research. A Transformational Church was one that grew by 10% in five years; and had a significant number of those attending involved in some type of 'small group' activity. Of those churches that responded the authors concluded that there were 7 key areas of focus (and you probably already know what they are):

    1. Mission

    2. Leadership

    3. Relation

    4. Prayer

    5. Worship

    6. Community

    7. Evangelism

    Now, of course I have simplified it, and the book goes into much greater detail as to how those keys play out, but that is pretty much the gist of it. All in all I read through the book pretty fast. I nodded in agreement to much of it, but didn't really underline anything. I would say, if you have books by these guys, you might not need to pick this up (unless you just have to subdue your new book fix, in which case I understand), but if you have not read any of their books this is certainly the one to pick up.

    I think the resources that come out of this study and the church diagnostic tool, the retreats and curriculum will be more of a benefit in the long run for churches, and so I will certainly watch with interest how those pan out in the coming months.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010


    I have read at least 100 books on the church in my ministry years. It is not a stretch to say that this book is biblical, practical and well researched. The weaving of the seven traits of transformational churches is well balanced by stories and explanations, without providing programs and 'reproducible templates' by which the cultural nuances would be lost in their reproduction. This is an excellent book and a powerful read for those who are serious about the church in the coming decade or more. Thank you for beginning the discussion and reviving hope for the church. I look forward to more on this!

    Transformational Church should be the first book you read this year if church health and growth are your priorities. Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer have written one of the most researched, biblical, practical and hopeful books on the church in years!

    ~ Dr. Matthew Smith, founder and director of Eagles In Leadership (

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