Will Mancini & Cory Hartman
At Protea Valley Church, we’re all about loving Jesus, making disciples, and serving together. As part of our vision to learn together to imitate Jesus and to make Him known to others in our city we want to equip our congregation to go and be the church in their community. As such, we’ve found a great resource to inspire you in your journey of growing as a disciple who makes disciples.
Will Mancini and Cory Hartman's Future Church: Seven Laws of Real Church Growth takes a deep dive into the current state of churches in North America and why they are struggling to multiply and build a community of believers who fulfil Jesus' call of disciple-making.
Identifying the Solution
The authors provide a solution to this problem by studying Jesus’ Great Commission through the lens of the seven laws of mission, power, love, context, development, leadership and vision to equip and encourage church members to become active disciples and disciple-makers. One of the core concepts addressed in the book is exploring the relationship between listeners, learners, and goers in the church and to this end, Mancini and Hartman explain that the church needs alternative metrics to determine real church growth: “Real church growth is not defined by adding in-person attenders or increasing weekly giving. Real church growth targets the transformation of individuals – the actual making of disciples. This requires a completely different approach to being the church on a week-to-week basis as well as a different set of key metrics. Real church growth will ultimately result in the addition of in-person attenders, but it is not the immediate objective.”
Highly Recommended for Leaders
This book is highly practical, giving you both a map and tools to change your thoughts and approach to church ministry and energise your personal development as a disciple and a leader. There are many lessons and disciple-making gold to be discovered in Future Church: Seven Laws of Real Church Growth and this will probably become one of the most highlighted books on your bookshelf. We highly recommend it and it is a must-read for leaders.
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