Networked churches are fast becoming the most pervasive force in missions and church planting around the world--especially in North America. And many of these growing network movements have become the leading edge of the Great Commission. Yet this phenomenon is largely under-studied and under-appreciated.
In Stronger Together, network leader, veteran church planter, and pastor Dave Harvey explores the development of church networks and helps Christian institutions, church leaders, and planters understand how and why networks:
- Are exploding in North America and spreading all over the world
- Are the primary church planting force in the evangelical church today
- Are started and grown by gifted apostolic-type leaders
- Remain effective to the degree they cultivate and maintain kingdom-focused movement dynamics
Every church, ministry, and movement has a stake in the healthy flourishing of today's emerging church networks, but for that to happen participating churches and their leaders must embody certain virtues--conviction, collaboration, love, a kingdom mindset, humility, and sobriety--that encourage fruitful church planting while avoiding the vices that sabotage them. Acting as a practical roadmap out of unhealthy patterns toward thriving fruitful ministry, this book also provides a network matrix for churches to map their strengths and weaknesses as well as a vice audit to help strategically address problems.
Networks are not going away. It's time to recognize their role and help protect their future.
About the Author
Dave Harvey serves as the president of Great Commission Collective, a church planting ministry in the US, Canada and abroad. In his 37 years of ministry, Dave was president of Sojourn Network; led church planting, church care, and international outreach for Sovereign Grace Churches; and served as a senior pastor for 19 years. He is the founder of AmICalled.com and writes at revdaveharvey.com. Dave serves on the board for the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has traveled nationally and internationally doing conferences where he teaches Christians, trains pastors and church planters, and conducts marriage events. Dave is the author of When Sinners Say I Do; Am I Called?; Rescuing Ambition; and The Plurality Principle: How To Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team. Married for 40 years, Dave and Kimm have four kids, six grandkids and reside in southwest Florida. (For videos or articles, visit revdaveharvey.com or follow at @revdaveharvey)