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Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views

Paul E. Engle | Gary L. McIntosh | Elmer Towns | Craig Van Gelder | Charles Van Engen | Gailyn Van Rheenen | Howard Snyder
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What exactly is the Church Growth movement? This timely volume in the Counterpoints series addresses the history of the movement that has become s... Read More

What exactly is the Church Growth movement?

This timely volume in the Counterpoints series addresses the history of the movement that has become such an enormous shaping force on the Western church today, and it explores--in a roundtable forum of leading voices--five main perspectives on the classic Church Growth movement:

  • Effective Evangelism View - presented by Elmer Towns
  • Gospel in Our Culture View - presented by Craig Van Gelder
  • Centrist View - presented by Charles Van Engen
  • Reformist View - presented by Gailyn Van Rheenan
  • Renewal View - presented by Howard Snyder

Each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued by the co-contributors. The interactive and fair-minded format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.

Evaluating the Church Growth Movement concludes with reflections by three seasoned pastors who have grappled with the practical implications of Church Growth.

The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

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  • Contributor(s)Paul E. Engle , Gary L. McIntosh , Elmer Towns , Craig Van Gelder , Charles Van Engen , Gailyn Van Rheenen , Howard Snyder
  • About the Contributor(s) Paul E. Engle, series editor for Counterpoints Church Life, is an ordained minister who served for twenty-two years in pastoral...Paul E. Engle, series editor for Counterpoints Church Life, is an ordained minister who served for twenty-two years in pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan. He is an adjunct teacher in several seminaries in this country and internationally. He serves as associate publisher and executive editor in the Church, Academic, and Ministry Resources team at Zondervan. He and his wife Margie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Dr. Gary L. McIntosh teaches at Talbot School of Theology, is a professor of Christian ministry and leadership, leads 20-25 national seminars a year, serves as a church consultant, was president of the American Society of Church Growth in 1995-1996, and has written over 95 articles and 10 books, including Finding Them, The Issachar Factor, Three Generations, One Size Doesn’t Fit All, Overcoming the Dark Side, and Staffing Your Church for Growth. He has over 15 years of experience as a pastor and Christian education director. He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is editor of the Church Growth Network newsletter and the Journal of the American Society for Church Growth.

    Elmer Towns (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is cofounder with Jerry Falwell of Liberty University, where he currently serves as vice president and dean of the school of religion. He is an author and editor of popular and scholarly works, a seminar lecturer, and the creator of over twenty resource packets for leadership education. Dr. Towns has published over fifty books, including four CBA bestsellers and the 1995 Gold Medallion Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. A visiting professor at five seminaries, he has received four honorary doctoral degrees. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children.

    Gailyn Van Rheenen ( PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the facilitator of Church Planting and Renewal at Mission Alive (www.missionalive.org), adjunct professor of missions at Abilene Christian University, and former missionary to East Africa. His website is www.missiology.org.

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  • ISBN-139780310241102
  • Publish Date10/19/2004
  • PublisherZondervan
  • Series Counterpoints: Church Life
  • Format Softcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)0.58 lb
  • Case Quantity22
  • Case Weight (lbs)12.76 lb
  • Dimensions 8.0(h) x 5.2(w) x 0.75(d) inches
  • Pages304
  • Font Size Not Applicablept
  • Price $16.09


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