The Complete Book of Church Growth by Elmer L. Towns

By Elmer L. Towns

Gaining shape and momentum over the second one half the 20 th century, the Church development circulate has turn into a massive shaping strength at the Western church this present day. you could like it, you'll hate it, yet you cannot deny its impression. yet what precisely is Church development? In what methods has the stream really introduced progress to the church, and the way powerful has it been in doing so? What are its strengths and weaknesses? This well timed ebook addresses such questions. After delivering a richly informative background and assessment, it explores-in a first-ever roundtable in their top voices-five major views, either professional and con, at the vintage Church development circulate: • powerful Evangelism View (Elmer cities) • Gospel in Our tradition View (Craig Van Gelder) • Centrist View (Charles Van Engen) • Reformist View (Gailyn Van Rheenan) • Renewal View (Howard Snyder) As in different Counterpoints books, each one view is first awarded through its proponent, then critiqued through his co-contributors. The booklet concludes with reflections through 3 professional pastors who've grappled with the sensible implications of Church progress. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints layout permits the reader to think about the strengths and weaknesses of every view and draw trained, own conclusions. The Counterpoints sequence presents a discussion board for comparability and critique of alternative perspectives on matters very important to Christians. Counterpoints books deal with different types: Church lifestyles and Exploring Theology. entire your library with different books within the Counterpoints sequence.

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Then the pastor, the choir, and the organist dashed to the drive-in for the eleven o'clock service, pulling a trailer loaded with an organ and other necessary equipment for the meeting. A significant turning point in the life of the two-year-old church occurred in June 1957, when nationally known New York pastor and newspaper columnist, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale came as a guest speaker. Under a blazing noonday California sun, Dr. " Peale, like Schuller, is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Again, within two years of the dedication of the Chapman Avenue chapel, space had become crowded to capacity.

Dan Gelatt in Horseheads, New York. The pulpit committee decided to phone him. Dan Gelatt was having dinner at home with a pastor friend. " The phone rang and interrupted him. The voice introduced himself, "I am Don Metzler, chairman of the Pulpit Committee . " After explaining the situation in Elkhart, Gelatt was invited to go there for an interview. "No," was Gelatt's reply. " They came and liked what they saw. After several conversations, Gelatt flew to Elkhart. " His heart was stirred. He walked into the auditorium and looked at the 1,200 seats, then knelt by the communion table and prayed, Lord, I don't want to move.

Frank Laubach was invited to instruct the congregation in his “each one teach one” method in literacy training. In the fall of 1960, the first worship services were conducted on the Lewis Street property, bringing the walk-in and drive-in congregations together for the first time. Previously, they had been separated by almost three miles. In November 1961, dedication services were held for the new sanctuary. By 1964, continued growth necessitated the construction of the Tower of Hope located next to the main sanctuary The Tower has become the center and symbol of prayer for the needs of multitudes around the world.

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