It’s not a mystery why some churches grow, some remain stagnant, and others decline. The biblical principles for spiritual multiplication are evident in the pages of the Scriptures . . .
if we’ll only notice them.
InA Spirit-Empowered Church, Alton Garrison points us to the heart of dynamic church growth: creating Spirit-empowered disciples who are involved in five activities—connect, grow, serve, go, and worship—to change individuals, families, and communities with the love and power of God’s mighty Spirit.Combining a strong biblical approach with inspirational insights and personal stories, Garrison shares the Acts 2 church model that can renew the spiritual vitality of your congregation.
The church of Acts 2 turned the first-century world upside down for Jesus. God wants to use your church to do the same today.
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About the Author
Alton Garrison serves as the assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. In addition, he serves as the director of the Acts 2 Revitalization Initiative, which helps churches renew their spiritual vitality and reach their full kingdom potential. He is the author ofHope in America’s Crisis, Building the Winning Team, Acts 2 Church, andThe 360° Disciple. Garrison and his wife, Johanna, currently reside in Springfield, Missouri.
About the Foreword Author
Samuel Rodriguezis the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which he founded in 2000. As a spokesperson for Hispanic evangelicals, Rodriguez has been a featured speaker in White Houseand congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and justice concerns. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals.
Table of Contents
Unit I Our Challenge
Chapter 1 The Missing Process 19
Chapter 2 Change Is Possible 31
Chapter 3 The Priesthood of All Believers 47
Chapter 4 Hope 57
Chapter 5 Empowered 65
Unit II Finding His Heart
Chapter 6 Creating Spirit-Empowered Disciples 79
Chapter 7 Assessment 91
Chapter 8 Mission 97
Chapter 9 Vision 107
Chapter 10 Core Values 117
Unit III Becoming an acts 2 church
Chapter 11 Balancing the Spiritual and the Strategic 133
Chapter 12 Connect 143
Chapter 13 Grow 159
Chapter 14 Serve 179
Chapter 15 Go 193
Chapter 16 Worship 213
Chapter 17 Putting It All Together 225
Epilogue: Hope Found 229
Appendix: Forty Indicators of a Spirit-Empowered Disciple 237
About the Author 251