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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hugh Halter, Matt Smay Narrator: Don Leslie, RIchard Brewe Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What is happening to the church in America today? By all appearances, it looks like we are “doing” church better than we ever have. Our programs are effective, our pastors are relevant, and our buildings are increasing in size. In the past thirty years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past ten years the number of multisite churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the resources to profoundly impact the Kingdom. But to what end? 

In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements we are still losing ground, and the church in the west is in massive decline. Numerous studies and books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church. 

Yet the local church is Jesus’ plan for reaching the world. The strength of the mega-church and multisite models can be found in a strong emphasis on attracting people to the church, where they have an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. Yet many younger leaders are rejecting this model in favor of a more incarnational approach to ministry. 

In recent years a growing schism has emerged between those calling themselves incarnational leaders and those leading the prevailing church models. But what if we were able to incorporate the insights of both models into a cohesive understanding of the church? Can we bring together the very best of the attractional and missional models for church ministry? 

Our focus on the form church is misguided when the vast majority of unchurched Christians and nonbelievers aren’t moving toward any form of church. AND will give permission for leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nathan Carter | 12/30/2012

    " Great title! Great idea for a book. Not sure they really understand the significance and purpose of gathering, though. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Noble | 8/14/2011

    " A great read for church leaders who need to think clearly about how to balance organized gatherings with a mission-sending impulse. BOTH are needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wayne Allen | 3/24/2011

    " If you ever wanted to learn how to plant a church or find the inspiration to plant a church this is the book for you...Such a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miguel | 2/22/2011

    " Phenomenal! I would say this is in the top 5 for this year. Chapter 7 is an ecclesiological egg heads playground. Grasping the concepts in this book and putting them to practice seals the breach in organic or simple churches and our institutional friends. "

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