Growing God’s Church by Gary McIntosh provides an insight into the avenues through which the lost come to faith and Christ and become engaged in the local church.
In the first section of this book McIntosh provides the purpose and context of the local church in light of Scripture. He demonstrates that evangelism is to be the key mission of the church, while other things like mercy ministries have some use a New Testament church has a primary focus on making disciples.
The second section provides an analysis of the data McIntosh gathered in regards to the influences that led new Christians to faith in Christ and attendance in a church. If you think the most important person in those two areas is the pastor you will be surprised. McIntosh demonstrates that the primary influence in people coming to faith and becoming involved in church is friends and family. This highlights the need to equip people to bare a faithful witness to the their friends and family members. The final section provides practical steps for effective evangelism.
This book will be an informative resource for pastors and church leaders. My only complaint with the book is that often the issue of church transfer is addressed in the book, and I fail to see how church transfer has anything to do with biblical church growing evangelism. This book will help you see areas to focus upon in your church to encourage evangelism.
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