Keeping Your Church Alive: Advice for Pastors, Leaders and Active Members by Wayne  Vaughan

Keeping Your Church Alive: Advice for Pastors, Leaders and Active Members

byWayne Vaughan

Kobo ebook | February 23, 2016

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Across the country in many houses of worship, there has been a decline in attendance. Drawing from personal experience in church leadership and discussions with other churchgoers, author Wayne Vaughan has written Keeping Your Church Alive: Advice for Pastors, Leaders and Active Members. Focusing on common, preventable issues, Vaughan shares insights and solutions to church challenges. Are you ready to make a change in the life of your church, and bear witness to what God has to offer? Keeping Your Church Alive will help you understand the importance of: communication as you work together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, stewardship and discipleship—learning to lead and follow, financial management, and being accountable for what goes on in your life, and the life of the church. If you are ready to begin your journey to live the life of ministry God intended for you, Keeping Your Church Alive should be your first step.
Title:Keeping Your Church Alive: Advice for Pastors, Leaders and Active MembersFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:MCP BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634138643

ISBN - 13:9781634138642


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Quality Information, But Felt a Little Dated This deceptively easy read focuses on resolving the problem, specifically within North America, of church decline. This problem, as Vaughan sees it, is more of a matter of lacking effectiveness than anything else. Although the subtitle suggests this work is meant for pastors, leaders and active members alike, this book is unambiguously written for and directed at pastors. While there are matters spoken of within that can be beneficial for other parties, the overwhelming majority of the practical examples Vaughan provides would be useless for lay members of a congregation. Throughout, Vaughan argues for a movement away from a hierarchical system of church leadership to a more community based approach. With this focus, it was rather surprising that Vaughan appealed rarely to the scriptural foundation for this idea. While each of his chapters are opened with a grounding scripture, it is rarely scripture that drives his ideas. This was particularly evident in Vaughan's comments on financial management. This is not a topic lacking scriptural support, and yet Vaughan seems to disregard the numerous verses on this subject. The majority of the advice contained within is of good quality; basic, maybe, but beneficial to revisit. There are, however, some almost offensively elementary ideas contained within that most assuredly did not deserve the air time which they received. That being said, Vaughan's continued focus on the basic of elements of a thriving ministry was, for the most part, refreshing. Unfortunately, much of this book felt dated. I found myself flipping back to the copyright page to make sure that it was published in 2016 and not in 1986. Not until the final handful of pages does Vaughan acknowledge the new methods of communication (ie. social media) and the powerful addition a proper usage of such tools can bring. As a lot of churches 'die,' for lack of a better word, because they fail to draw in new, younger members, one would think that Vaughan give more than a passing nod to such an essential part of the lives of the next generation of church members. This brings me to another shortcoming of this work. Vaughan, quite frequently, makes the assumption that there will be new members within your church. If, however, you are reading a book about about how to keep your church alive, you probably don't have an abundance of new members. Additionally, I would have expected Vaughan, as someone active in mentoring roles in NYC, to be more aware of the youth and child demographics and the benefit that cultivating these groups can bring to a ministry. These topics are barely touched on, and ought to have been paid more attention to. This book seems to be incomplete. It seemed that there ought to have been a first instalment before this, focusing on getting people into the church, establishing leaders, and discipling people. That is not to say, however, that this book is without its merits. I would not recommend this for established pastors, or even new pastors who have been professionally trained. I would, however, recommend it to lay individuals who are entering into church leadership for the first time. In spite of its many shortcomings, this book was an enjoyable and easy read with many good reminders for those in leadership roles. I thank the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a copy.
Date published: 2017-06-29