Guidelines for a Fruitful Ministry

Guidelines for a Fruitful Ministry

Guidelines for a Fruitful Ministry

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, author, speaker and consultant Gary McIntosh. McIntosh facilitated this workshop in April 2016. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.

McIntosh, Gary L. Growing God's Church: How People are Actually Coming to Faith Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2016.
How are new Christians hearing the Gospel today? How are they finding churches? And what makes them stay at a church? The answers to these important questions shape outreach. Based on ten years of research, the author shows how people are coming to faith in the 21st century. It covers factors such as motives for ministry, the priorities churches set for themselves, the reality of churchless Christians, generational and gender-based differences, and more.

McIntosh, Gary L. Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006.
This practical book offers sound advice on assessing and improving the ways in which churches attract people, welcome them, do follow-up, and bring them into the church family.

McIntosh, Gary L. What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church. Grand Rapids, MI: 2013.
Dr. McIntosh is President of the Church Growth Network and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. With this volume, he has put 27 years of knowledge learned from consulting and teaching, and placed it in a toolkit that is applicable to almost any kind of congregation.

Searcy, Nelson. Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008.
This practical book offers sound advice on assessing and improving the ways in which churches attract people, welcome them, do follow-up, and bring them into the church family.

Mercer, Tom. 8 to 15: The World is Smaller Than You Think. Oikos Books, 2011.
On the average, each of us has 8 to 15 people placed in our relational world so that we might show them God’s love. This book is not about programs or events, but a new way to view the world around us. The oikos – relational love - principle is one designed, modeled, and taught by Jesus to change the world- one that might just be smaller than you think!

Thumma, Scott and Bird, Warren. The Other 80 Percent: Turning your Church's Spectators into Active Participants. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
In this practical resource, researcher Scott Thumma and co-writer Warren Bird draw upon new and unpublished research across a broad range of Protestant churches of all sizes and show how to create more active members.