- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Churchsmart Resources (Sept. 1 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781889638003
- ISBN-13: 978-1889638003
- ASIN: 1889638005
- Parcel Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches Hardcover – Sep 1 1996
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A guide to the qualities of a healthy church
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And with good reason. NCD (Natural Church Development) was based on research that included 1000 churches in 32 countries on all 5 continents. A total of 4.2 million responses were analyzed. The study identified a collection of 8 common sense characteristics that were common in EVERY growing church studied. This paragraph alone should encourage any serious pastor to examine this study.
BUT, did it work? That is a harder question. Did the churches grow because they had these characteristics or did they have these characteristics because they were growing? Can these characteristics be imported to your church? It is easier to see the problems with a congregation and to read formulas for correction than to impliment those formulas. Have the principles in this book been tried and found wanting or have they simply not been tried? I do not know. I've known several churches that gave NCD a good effort, but still did not grow.
This work is important enough for the pastor to understand. But it is not a cure all for the problems of a congregation.
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Our nation and the world would be reached for the Lord, if today's church leaders would wake up.