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Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations
     

Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations

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by Thom S. Rainer, Ed Stetzer
 

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433671791
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
453,649
File size:
695 KB

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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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Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JoshKing More than 1 year ago
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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