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How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church

How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church

by Carl F. George, Warren Bird
How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church

How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church

by Carl F. George, Warren Bird

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Overview

Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance—many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue.

How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth.

The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a "harvest" vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493406562
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Carl F. George, one of North America's premier church growth consultants, has trained pastors, staff, and top executives from more than one hundred denominations. He is former director of the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth and former president of the American Society for Church Growth. His other books include Nine Keys to Effective Small Group Leadership. He and his wife, Grace, live near Greenville, South Carolina.

Warren Bird
(PhD, Fordham University) is vice president of research for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA.org). An ordained minister and former seminary professor, he is also author or coauthor of thirty-one books including Next: Pastoral Succession That Works. He and his wife, Michelle, live in a suburb of New York City.

Table of Contents

List of Figures 11

Preface 13

Part 1 Identify Your Vision

1 What Can This Book Do for You? 19

2 How Can You Enlarge Your Vision? 34

3 How Does Vision Motivate? 53

4 How Would an Outsider Describe Your Church? 68

5 How Strong Is Your Growth Bias? 82

Part 2: Redefine Your Role

6 Why Develop the Skills of a Caregiving Coach? 97

7 Where Do You Stand on the Spectrum of Care Provider versus Caregiving Coach? 116

8 Should You Use More Than One Leadership Style? 125

9 Multiply by Releasing 135

Part 3: Break Specific Growth Barriers

10 How to Break the 200 Barrier 147

11 How to Break the 400 Barrier 167

12 How to Break the 800 Barrier 190

13 How to Break the Care Barrier 209

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

Bibliography 237

Subject Index 245

Scripture Index 249

Meet the Authors 251

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