Outgrowing the Ingrown Church

Paperback | October 25, 1986

byC. John Miller, Zondervan Publishing

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This is a book for pacesetters -- church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves and keep them from being outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. The ingrown church is a common phenomenon. It is the "norm" for contemporary evangelical and Protestant churches. But ingrownness is a pathology. It can destroy the vital spiritual health of a church. It must, therefore, be combated with the norms of Scripture. And that is why this book was written. Outgrowing the Ingrown Church is a masterful mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience. It traces the author's own growing awareness of the problem of ingrownness in his calling as a pastor, seminary professor, and evangelist/missionary. In his own discovery of the power and presence of God he discovered the tendency of the church to live by its own power and resources. This is a book written to help change churches by changing the individuals who read it. It offers one an unparalleled challenge to be evaluated, revitalized, and then used by God for the work of ministry. Thus it is a book not merely for pastors, but for the whole body of Christ. "I have never been as excited about any book concerning church growth as when I read this book . . . . (His biblical) principles, if followed, transform individual lives and then lead to a movement within a church to change the whole congregation," writes John Guest in the foreword.

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This is a book for pacesetters, church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves. It is a masterly mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience.

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This is a book for pacesetters -- church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves and keep them from being outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. The ingrown church is a common phenomenon. It is the "norm" for contemporary evangelical and Protestant chur...

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This is a book for pacesetters -- church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves and keep them from being outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. The ingrown church is a common phenomenon. It is the "norm" for contemporary evangelical and Protestant chur...

This is a book for pacesetters -- church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves and keep them from being outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. The ingrown church is a common phenomenon. It is the "norm" for contemporary evangelical and Protestant chur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 25, 1986Publisher:Zondervan

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310284112

ISBN - 13:9780310284116

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ContentsForeword by Frank R. TillapaughAcknowledgmentsI --- Where Missionary Life Begins1. THE INGROWN CHURCH LEADER: God's Call to Faith and Repentance2. THE INGROWN CHURCH: God's Call to Faith and RepentanceII --- Getting Our Missionary Identity Straight3. THE LOCAL CHURCH: Its Missionary Character4. THE LOCAL CHURCH: Its Missionary AuthorityIII --- Uncovering the Sources of Missionary Power5. THE LOCAL CHURCH: God's Glory Its Missionary Motive6. THE WELCOMING LOCAL CHURCH7. THE PRAYING LOCAL CHURCHIV --- Serving as God's Missionary Leaders8. THE PASTOR AS PACESETTER9. PREACHING BY FAITH: God's Missionary FireV --- Discovering God's Missionary Strategies10. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST FIELDVI --- Developing God's Missionary Programs11. OPENING A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY: Diaconal Witness12. SMALL GROUPS FOR OUTREACHEpilogue: RISK OR RUST

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This is a book for pacesetters, church leaders who desire to help their churches break free of the things that turn them in on themselves. It is a masterly mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience.