The Road to Growth
Towards a Thriving Church
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Based on his consultancy experience with churches and dioceses over the last three years and further research on the causes of church growth, Bob Jackson shows how the Church at parish, diocesan and national level can overturn its old cycle of decline and begin a new cycle of growth.
At its heart, this book is about how local churches can thrive and grow in the early twenty-first century.
Part 1 outlines the current context, offering a sharp analysis behind the reasons for church growth and decline.
Part 2 describes churches which are already experiencing growth both in numerical and ministry strength. It looks at lessons learnt and what is at the heart of a resurgent, thriving Church.
Parts 3 and 4 set out workable strategies and unpacks ways in which human and financial resources can be deployed to support and sustain the growth of the local church.
This is not about glib, short-term solutions promising quick results. The goal of this book is to help transform fragile signs of hope for the Church into a solid road to growth.
'A liberating piece of work.' -- Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
'Bob Jackson's The Road to Growth confronts us with some truths about ourselves. Sometimes uncomfortable, always provocative, and ultimately helpful, this is a book that helps us imagine a new future. As they say, there are truths, home truths and statistics.' -- Stephen Cottrell
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