Description of the course
An in-depth study of the factors that promote or hinder church growth,
followed by a strong emphasis on developing specific growth strategies
for the local church.
The course provides ministers with the basic principles and tools promoted
by church growth theorists. It examines the theology and history of the
church growth movement, as well as the principles and methods it teaches.
The intensive is designed to help pastors diagnose the present health
of churches and to prescribe the right remedies for growth.
A. Required reading
a. Wagner, C. Peter. Strategies for Church Growth. Ventura, CA: Regal,
b. Wagner, C. Peter. ed. with Arn, W. and Towns, E. Church Growth: State
of the Art. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986.
c. Schwarz, Christian A. Natural Church Development: a Guide to Eight
Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches. Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart
Resources, c1996 (BV3 .S39).
o Reading reports account for 10 % of the total grade and should be submitted
in writing at an average of 2 pages per book. The reports should answer
some of the following questions about the book:
- Is the title appropriate? misleading? a gimmick?
- Is the subject too broad, too shallow or too big for the author?
- Is the author thorough in the treatment of the topic?
- Is the contents of the book relevant to ministry?
- Is the content reliable? Is there anything indicating the content should
not be trusted?
- Is the subject vital? To whom?
- Is the author clear and logical? Is the sequence natural?
- Is the book convincing? Are there declarations in this book you could
- Does the author deal with more subjects than suggested by the title?
- In the scale 1-10 what grade would you give this book?
- Did the author skip important issues related to the subject that should
have been included?
o These books can be purchased through the Andrews University Bookstore-(800)
B. Write a 10 page paper entitled "Ellen White's Principles for
Church." This requirement accounts for 10 % of the total grade.
C. Submit a written report of the most successful church growth program
you have implemented or witnessed. The report should have the following
a. Description of the program
b. Implementation of the program-how, when, where, duration, etc.
c. Evaluation of the program
o This report should be presented orally before classroom peers at a time
assigned by the instructor during the first day of class. Both, the written
report and its oral presentation accounts for 20% of the final grade.
D. These three pre-intensive requirements are due on the first day of
class and account for 40 % of the total grade.
During the intensive-Requirements
A. Punctual attendance to all classes-a maximum of 10 % absence of the
total teaching time is allowed.
B. A 10-15 minute oral presentation of the church growth program described
on point "C" of the pre-intensive requirements.
A. Prepare a 60 page paper on one of the following topics:
a. "Biblical Foundations for Church Growth"
b. "Church Growth Principles from the Bible"
c. "Church Growth Principles"
d. "Church Growth Strategies"
e. "A Church Growth Strategy for [name church]"
f. "EGW on Strategies for Church Growth"
g. "Church Growth Enemies"
h. "Church Growth Friends"
B. With permission of the instructor, students who already know their
dissertation topic may choose a subject that can fit into their dissertation.
For approval, students most submit an outline of the dissertation indicating
how the paper will fit into the monograph.
C. This paper accounts for 60% of the total grade.
a. Content 40%
b. Organization 5 %
c. Format 5%
d. Investigation 10%
D. Due date-April 30, 2001
a. Late papers are penalized with half a letter grade.
b. Withdrawal from the course or audit must be done in writing before
this date; otherwise, student's grade sheet will be submitted to the registrar's
office with a DG-deferred grade.
c. Students may use the attached bibliography for the elaboration of this
F. For off-campus students
a. To have graded papers returned, they will have to be submitted with
a self-addressed, stamped manila envelope.
All written papers and reports should be submitted double-spaced and in
accordance to Andrews University Standards for Written Work-available
at Andrews University Bookstore.
1. If registered for extra credits, the student must complete an additional
project assigned by the instructor.
2. Late work is subject to a grade penalty
3. Any changes that are announced in class will supersede the information
printed in this course outline.
October 16-27, 2000
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Final examination: As posted
Pre-intensive requirements 40
End of course requirements 60
Total points 100
I. CHURCH GROWTH-NATURE AND MEANING
Defining Church Growth
Church Growth terminology
Church Growth Strategies-challenges and meaning
Types of Church Growth
Church Growth Images
II. CHURCH GROWTH PIONEERS AND CRITICS
Peter Wagner Era-1981-1988
Critics of the movement
James A. Scherer
Orlando E. Costas
III. THE MARKS OF GROWING CHURCHES
The opinion of the experts
Other marks of growing churches
What growing churches need
The marks of the magnetic church
The marks of members in growing churches
The marks of growing large churches
Counsels on growth
Churches grow like trees
Church growth and fishing
Growth propulsion agencies
IV. CHURCH GROWTH PATHOLOGY
Church growth diseases
Why churches decline
Church growth enemies
Church growth friends
Why the apostolic church grew
The tasks of friendly churches
Evaluating church growth
Church growth analysis
Diagnostic ideas form Revelation 2 an 3
V. CHURCH GROWTH STRATEGIES
Why some church growth strategies fail
The Bible and failing strategies
McGavran/Arn ten steps
Strategies for child evangelism
Who is church planting for
Advantages of newly planted churches
Church planting models
Steps in planting churches
Small group foundations
Types of groups
Steps in small group formation
How to prepare small group discussions
Paul Yonggi Cho
Outreach Sabbath Schools
Types of Sabbath Schools
Targeting receptive people
Evangelization of church ceremonies
VI. CHURCH GROWTH PRINCIPLES
CHURCH GROWTH RESOURCES:
Annan, Nelson. More people!: is church growth worth it? Wheaton, Ill.:
Harold Shaw Publishers, c1987 (BV652.25 .A54).
Arn, Win, ed. The pastor's church growth handbook. Pasadena, CA: Church
Growth Press, the Institute for American Church Growth, c1979 (BV652.25
. ed. The Pastor's church growth handbook Volume II. Pasadena, CA (150
S. Los Robles, #600, Pasadena, CA 91101): Church Growth Press, Institute
for American Church Growth, c1982 (BV652.25 .P37 v.2).
. The church growth ratio book: how to have a revitalized, healthy, growing,
loving church. Pasadena, CA (709 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101): Church Growth,
c1987 (BV652.25 .A75).
Ballast, Bruce T. The marks of the church in the book of Acts: the fingerprints
of God. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986 (BV601 .B24
Barna Research Group Successful churches: what they have in common. Glendale,
CA (P.O. Box 4152, Glendale 91222-0152): The Barna Research Group, c1990
Barna, George. Marketing the church. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress,
c1988 (BV652 .B33 1988).
Barnett, Tommy. Multiplication: unlock the biblical factor to multiply
your effectiveness in leadership & ministry. Lake Mary, FL: Creation
House, c1997 (BV652 .M84).
Bast, Robert L. Attracting new members. New York, N.Y. and Monrovia, Calif.:
Co-published by Reformed Church in America and Church Growth, Inc., c1988
Belew, M. Wendell. Churches and how they grow. Nashville, Broadman Press
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Benjamin, Paul. The equipping ministry. Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Pub.,
c1978 (BV3770 .B45).
Benson, Donald. How to start a daughter church. Quezon City, Philippines:
Filkoba Press, 1972 (BV652.25 .B46).
Bontrager, G. Edwin. It can happen today!: principles of church growth
from the book of Acts. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1986 (BS2625.2 .B64).
Brannon, Wilbur W. Multiple services: a strategy for growth. Kansas City,
MO: Church of the Nazarene, [1990?] (BV652 .B736).
Burt, Robert L. editor. Good news in growing churches. New York: Pilgrim
Press, c1990 (BR515 .G59).
Carter, Herbert Franklin. The Church tomorrow, principles and strategies
for growth. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1985 (BV600.2
Chandler, Russell. Feeding the flock: restaurants and churches you'd stand
in line for [Bethesda, MD]: Alban Institute, c1998 (BV652.1 .C43).
Clapp, Steve. Plain talk about church growth. Elgin, Ill.: Brethren Press,
1990, c1989 (BR510 .C42).
Crowley, Raymond E. and Fulbright, Junus C. editors . Church growth manual.
Cleveland, Tenn.: Church of God, General Dept. of Evangelism and Home
Missions, c1981 (BV652.25 .C58).
Deal, Larry A. Developing church growth thinking in the small and middle
size church: a strategy for growth in North-Central Churches of Christ.
Thesis (D. Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992 (BV652.25 .D43).
Dean, Rodney. How to start or evaluate a small group ministry: providing
an environment for spiritual and emotional ties. Lynchburg, VA: Church
Growth Institute, 1991 (BV652.2 .D43).
DuBose, Francis M. How churches grow in an urban world. Nashville: Broadman
Press, c1978 (BV652.25 .D8).
Eby, David. Power preaching for church growth. Fearn: Mentor, 1996.
Ellas, John W. Measuring church growth: a research-based tool for evaluating
and planning Houston, Tex.: Center for Church Growth, 1997 (BV652.25 .E425
Exman, Gary W. Get ready-- get set-- grow!: church growth for town and
country congregations. Lima, Ohio: C.S.S. Pub. Co., c1987 (BR526 .E96).
Faircloth, Samuel D. Church planting for reproduction. Grand Rapids, Mich.:
Baker Book House, 1991 (BV652.24 .F35).
Faust, David. Growing churches, growing leaders: how to lead a growing
church and live a balanced life. Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub. Co.,
c1994 (BV652.25 .F38).
Finley, Mark. The way to Adventist church growth. Arroyo Grande, Calif.:
Concerned Communications,  (BV652.25 .F55).
Galloway, Dale E. Lay pastor training manual: for successful home group
meetings. [S.l.: s.n., between 1984 and 1989?] (BV677 .G34).
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Home Missionary Dept. The
Church a training center (Adv Her Ctr/Lower Fl 011026).
George, Carl F. How to break growth barriers: capturing overlooked opportunities
for church growth. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, c1993 (BV4011
George, Carl F. Nine keys to effective small group leadership: how lay
leaders can establish dynamic and healthy cells, classes, or teams. Mansfield,
Penn.: Kingdom Publishing, c1997 (BV652.25 .G437).
Gerber, Vergil. A manual for evangelism/church growth. South Pasadena,
Calif., William Carey Library  (BV3790 .G45).
Gibbs, Eddie. I believe in church growth. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans,
1982, c1981 (BV652.25 .G48).
Griswold, Roland E. The winning church: church growth evangelism for today.
Amersham-on-the-Hill, Eng.: Scripture Press, 1987, c1986 (BV3790 .G88
Gruesbeck, Clarence B. Applying church growth principles for effective
ministry in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church: case study: Upper Columbia
Conference. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980 (BV652.25
Guyton, James Terry. Dynamics of Pentecostal Church growth. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller
Theological Seminary, 1988 (BV652.25 .G992).
Hadaway, C. Kirk. Church growth principles: separating fact from fiction.
Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, c1991 (BR526 .H22).
Heck, Joel D. New member assimilation: practical prevention of backdoor
loss through frontdoor care. St. Louis: Concordia, c1988 (BV820 .H37).
Hemphill, Kenneth S. The Antioch effect: 8 characteristics of highly effective.
Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman, c1994 (BV652.25 .H448).
Hiebert, Arthur. Biblical principles for church growth: strategies for
the contemporary church,1987, 1986 (BV652.25 .H633).
Hobbs, John Carlton. The relationship between a church growth strategy
and the numerical growth of a small church. Thesis (D. Min.)--Harding
Graduate School of Religion (BV652.25 .H62 1990).
Holtz, Darrell Dean. Church growth for the emerging minister. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller
Theological Seminary, 1985 (BV652.25 .H64 1987).
Hunter, George G. Church for the unchurched. Nashville: Abingdon Press,
c1996 (BV652.25 .H838).
Hunter, Kent R. Foundations for church growth: Biblical basics for the
local church. Corunna, IN: Church Growth Center ; [c1994, 1983] (BV652.25
Hunter, Kent R. Moving the church into action. St. Louis: Concordia Pub.
House, c1989 (BV600.2 .H85 ).
Hunter, Kent R. Your church has personality. Nashville: Abingdon Press,
c1985 (BV652.25 .H875).
Hurston, Karen. Growing the world's largest church. Springfield, Mo.:
Chrism, 1994 (BR1644.5.K6 H87).
Hybels, Lynne and Bill. Rediscovering church: the story and vision of
Willow Creek Community Church. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House,
c1995 (BX9999.S65 H83).
Jara, Caleb. The impact of the Hispanic leadership on the growth of the
Hispanic Church in North America during the last twenty years: (1968-1988),
Jo, Euntae. Korean-Americans and church growth. Baptist Theological Seminary,
1993 (BV625.25 .J6 1994).
Jokiman, Joshua Bob. Developing leadership in the local church. Thesis
(D.Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1987 (BV652.1 .J65).
Kraus, Norman C. ed. Missions, evangelism, and church growth. Scottdale,
Penn.: Herald Press, 1980 (BV2063 .M565).
Lavin, Ronald J. Way to grow!: dynamic church growth through small groups.
Lima, Ohio: CSS Pub. Co., c1996 (BV652.2 .L387).
Leonard, Benny J. The role of the laity in church growth. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller
Theological Seminary, 1986 (BV652.25 .L38 1987).
Library of Christian leadership. Growing your church through evangelism
and outreach. Nashville. Tenn.: Moorings, 1996 (BV652.25 .G735).
Logan, Robert E. Beyond church growth. Tarrytown, N.Y.: F.H. Revell, c1989
Maner, Robert E. Making the small church grow. Kansas City, MO: Beacon
Hill Press of Kansas City, c1982 (BV637.8 .M36).
Martin, Glen. The Issachar factor: understanding trends that confront
your church and designing a strategy for success. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman
& Holman Publishers, c1993 (BV652.1 .M39).
May F. J. The Book of Acts and church. Thesis (D. Min.)--Fuller Theological
Seminary, 1989 (BV652.25 .M39).
McGavran, Donald Anderson. God, man and church growth. Edited by A. R.
Tippett. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans  (BV652.25 .G63).
McGavran, Donald Anderson McGavran & George G. Hunter III. Church
growth: strategies that work. Nashville: Abingdon, c1980 (BV652.25 .M26).
McGavran, Donald Anderson. Back to basics in church growth. Wheaton, Ill.:
Tyndale House, 1981 (BV3790 .M243).
McGavran, Donald Anderson. Church growth in Mexico. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans
[c1963] (BX4833.M4 M3).
McGavran, Donald Anderson. Understanding church growth. Grand Rapids,
Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, c1990 (BV652.25 .M293).
McIntosh, Duncan. Planning growth in your. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press,
c1983 (BV652.25 .M317).
McIntosh, Gary. Finding them, keeping them: effective strategies for evangelism
and assimilation in the local church. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press,
c1992 (BV652.25 .M318).
Miles, Delos. Church growth, a mighty river. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman
Press, 1981 (BV652.25 .M54).
Miller, Herb. How to build a magnetic church. Nashville: Abingdon Press,
1987 (BV652.25 .M55).
Mitchell, Morley. Church growth: what Jesus had to say!: what we have
to do! Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, 1985 (BV652.25 .M58).
Moore, Waylon B. Multiplying disciples: the New Testament method for church
growth. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Navpress, c1981 (BV3790 .M73).
Moorehead, Bob. The growth factor. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.,
1991, c1988 (BV652.25 .M656).
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Press,  (BV652.25 .M67).
Murray, Steven M. 24 effective ideas for the small membership church.
Nashville, Tenn.: Discipleship Resources, 1996.
Pinola, Sakari. Church growth: principles and praxis of Donald A. McGavran's
missiology. Abo, [Finland]: Abo Akademis Forlag, Abo Akademi University
Press, 1995 (BV652.25 .P5).
Pointer, Roy. How do churches grow?: a guide to the growth of your church.
London: MARC Europe, 1987, c1984 (BV652.25 .P64).
Powell, Paul W. The nuts and bolts of church growth. Nashville, Tenn.:
Broadman Press, c1982 (BV652.25 .P68).
Rainer, Thom S. The book of church growth: history, theology, and principles.
Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, c1993 (BV652.25 .R35).
Roozen, David A. and Hadaway, Kirk, eds. Church and denominational. Nashville:
Abingdon Press, c1993 (BV652.25 .C478).
Saarinen, Martin F. The life cycle of a congregation. Washington, D.C.:
The Alban Institute, c1986 (BV652.25 .S22).
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Schaller, Lyle E. Assimilating new members. Nashville: Abingdon, c1978
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44 steps up off the plateau. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993 (BV652.25
Schwarz, Christian A. Natural church development: a guide to eight essential
qualities of healthy churches. Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources,
c1996 (BV3 .S39).
Shelley, Marshall, editor. Growing your church through training and motivation:
30 strategies to transform your ministry. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany
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Shenk, Wilbert R. editor. Exploring church growth. Grand Rapids, Mich.:
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Smith, Calvin L. Church growth through Sabbath school action units. Silver
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Stephens, Edgar Randy. Maintaining growth and health in the small rural
church through church growth principles. Thesis (D.Min.)--Fuller Theological
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Steve Clapp; Julie Seibert Berman; Pat Helman; Cindy Hollenberg Snider.
(new) Reaching the forgotten. Elgin, IL: Andrew Center, c1997.
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