By all appearances, it looks like we are â€œdoingâ€ church better than we ever have. In the past thirty years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past ten years the number of multi-site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the resources to profoundly impact the Kingdom.
In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements, why is the Western church still in massive decline?
Numerous books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church. This is not another book about how to do church better or how to just get people back into the pews.
AND helps youâ€”whether you are a mega-church, traditional, contemporary, or organic church leaderâ€”focus on the vast majority of unchurched Christians and non-believers who are not moving toward any form of church. You will learn how to value existing church formsâ€”attracting people to a physical church and releasing people into hands-on ministry â€¦ bringing together the very best of the attractional and missional models for church ministry.
Hugh Halter is the national director of Missio, serving as a mentor to a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of missional communities in Denver, Colorado, and is the coauthor of The Tangible Kingdom with Matt Smay. Twitter: @hughhalter.
Matt Smay is the co-director of Missio, a ministry team committed to training, developing, and apprenticing Incarnational leaders for the church. Within Missio, Matt directs the MCAP, an online collaborative training environment for Incarnational leaders, pastors, and church planters. As co-author of The Tangible Kingdom and the accompanying Tangible Kingdom Primer, Matt balances his time and energy between leading Adullum, a local movement of missional communities in Denver, CO and working directly with church planters and existing pastors as a mentor, coach, and consultant. Twitter: @matt_smay.
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