Resources Per Tim Gilligan's message on Vision and Growth

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Resources Per Tim Gilligan's message on Vision and Growth

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:49 am

Here are links to some of the resources that Tim Gilligan Mentioned in the 2014 Family Reunion messages on Vision and Church Growth


The Malphurs Group - Envision Tomorrrow, Today


Natural Church Development 

Critics of the church growth movement have often emphasized the need for quality congregations. We should not focus on numerical growth, but rather, we should concentrate on qualitative growth.

Christian Schwarz has done extensive research world-wide and found that healthy, growing churches seem to share eight quality characteristics. These characteristics are:


  • Empowering leadership

  • Gift-based ministry

  • Passionate spirituality

  • Effective structures

  • Inspiring worship service

  • Holistic small groups

  • Need-oriented evangelism

  • Loving relationships


Schwarz uses the illustration of a barrel with eight staves to symbolize the eight quality characteristics. The barrel can only hold water to the height of the lowest stave. So too, Schwarz argues, a church can only grow as far as their 'Minimum factor,' which is the lowest of the eight quality characteristics in their church. He challenges churches to resist the temptation to work on improving areas in which they already excel, for by doing this they do not increase their minimum factor or their church quality.

This revised version of Natural Church Development now includes Schwarz's '3 Colors' teaching.



Video: There's Hope for Your Church (part1) - Dr Gary McIntosh
Video: There's Hope for Your Church (part2) - Dr Gary McIntosh
Order Book:  There's Hope for Your Church - Dr Gary McIntosh


Order Book: Renewing your Church thru Vision and Planning
Order Book: Rethinking Church
Order Book: Right Turns

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