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Evaluating the Church Growth Movement

Zondervan (Author) , Elmer Towns (Contributor) , Craig Van Gelder (Contributor) , Charles Van Engen (Contributor) , Gailyn Van Rheenen (Contributor) , Howard Snyder (Contributor) , Gary L. McIntosh (General Editor) , Paul E. Engle (Series Editor)
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What exactly is the Church Growth movement?

This timely volume in the Counterpoints series addresses the history of the movement that has become such an enormous shaping force on the Western church today, and it explores--in a roundtable forum of leading voices--five main perspectives on the classic Church Growth movement:

  • Effective Evangelism View - presented by Elmer Towns
  • Gospel in Our Culture View - presented by Craig Van Gelder
  • Centrist View - presented by Charles Van Engen
  • Reformist View - presented by Gailyn Van Rheenan
  • Renewal View - presented by Howard Snyder

Each view is first presented by its proponent, then critiqued by the co-contributors. The interactive and fair-minded format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.

Evaluating the Church Growth Movement concludes with reflections by three seasoned pastors who have grappled with the practical implications of Church Growth.

The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 304
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310241102
  • Release: October 13, 2004
Other Titles in the Counterpoints: Church Life