“Are all the things that we do here at Willow Creek that these people so generously support really helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ—which is our mission—or are we just giving them a nice place to go to church?”
This was the question that prompted the research, that resulted in the book: ‘Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth‘.
The book contends that there is a spiritual continuum that looks like this:
People in churches are in one of the four ‘segments' on this continuum. Based on their research, they contend that there are three movements, that help people to move from one segment to the next.
25 ‘catalysts for spiritual growth' help people to move along the continuum – with different catalysts more or less useful, depending on the segment people are in.
Not surprisingly, research with 1,000 churches reveals:
Reflection on Scripture is, by far, the most influential personal spiritual practice for every segment and across all three movements
However, don't let this obvious conclusion put you off the book (besides, despite how obvious this might be, how much do we invest in helping people to read the Bible during the week?).
I found the following helpful in this book:
Tony Morgan in Big Churches Getting Bigger: "Many times you have to say no to adding a new ministry. Many times you...
Andy Stanley: “What did you see, hear, or experience this week that makes you feel we have successfully fulfilled...
Darrin Patrick was asked by Ed Stetzer - "why do churches stay small?". This was his response: "Largely because...
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