Evaluating The Church Growth Movement: 5 Views

Paperback | October 13, 2004

EditorPaul E. Engle

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Gaining form and momentum over the second half of the 20th century, the Church Growth movement has become an enormous shaping force on the Western church today. You may love it, you may hate it, but you can't deny its impact. But what exactly is Church Growth? In what ways has the movement actually brought growth to the church, and how effective has it been in doing so? What are its strengths and weaknesses? This timely book addresses such questions. After providing a richly informative history and overview, it explores-in a first-ever roundtable of their leading voices-five main perspectives, both pro and con, on the classic Church Growth movement:. Effective Evangelism View (Elmer Towns). Gospel in Our Culture View (Craig Van Gelder). Centrist View (Charles Van Engen). Reformist View (Gailyn Van Rheenan). Renewal View (Howard Snyder)As in other Counterpoints books, each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued by his co-contributors. The book concludes with reflections by three seasoned pastors who have grappled with the practical implications of Church Growth.The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Exploring Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.

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Gaining form and momentum over the second half of the 20th century, the Church Growth movement has become an enormous shaping force on the Western church today. You may love it, you may hate it, but you can't deny its impact. But what exactly is Church Growth? In what ways has the movement actually brought growth to the church, and how...

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 C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.75 inPublished:October 13, 2004Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310241103

ISBN - 13:9780310241102

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CONTENTSIntroduction: Why Church Growth Can't Be Ignored: 7 Gary L. McIntosh1. EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM VIEW: ELMER TOWNS 29Church Growth effectively confronts and penetrates the cultureA Centrist Response 54A Reformist Response 58A Renewal Response 62A Gospel and Our Culture Response 652. GOSPEL AND OUR CULTURE VIEW: 73 CRAIG VAN GELDERChurch Growth lacks a sufficient view of the church, which hinders it from effectively engaging the cultureA Centrist Response 103A Renewal Response 107An Effective Evangelism Response 110A Reformist Response 1133. CENTRIST VIEW: CHARLES VAN ENGEN 121Church Growth is based on an evangelistically focused and a missiologically applied theologyA Renewal Response 148An Effective Evangelism Response 151A Reformist Response 154A Gospel and Our Culture Response 1584. REFORMIST VIEW: GAILYN VAN RHEENEN 165Church Growth assumes theology but ineffectively employs it to analyze culture, determine strategy, and perceive historyA Centrist Response 190A Renewal Response 195An Effective Evangelism Response 198A Gospel and Our Culture Response 2015. RENEWAL VIEW: HOWARD SNYDER 207Church Growth must be based on a biblical vision of the church as the vital community of the kingdom of GodA Centrist Response 232A Reformist Response 237An Effective Evangelism Response 241A Gospel and Our Culture Response 2466. PASTORAL REFLECTIONS 253David C. Fisher 255Douglas Webster 258Roberta Hestenes 262Afterword: Gary L. McIntosh 265Selected Bibliography 269About the Contributors 273Discussion Questions 277Index 281