Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations  -     By: Ed Stetzer, Thom S. Rainer
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Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations

B&H Books / 2010 / Hardcover

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Churches committed to following Christ's wish to see this world changed for the sake of eternity. What is the best way for a body of believers do its part in contribting to an environment where true spiritual transformation can occur? In Transformational Church, bestselling research authors Ed Stezer and Thom S. Rainer survey thousands of congregations to find that the most effective transformational churches are those who make disciples shaped by the Gospel. These disciples in turn, are key to engaging their culture surrounding them resulting in its ultimate transformation!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.80 (inches)
ISBN: 1433669307
ISBN-13: 9781433669309
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How are we doing? The church, that is. And how are we doing it? Congregations have long measured success by "bodies, budget, and buildings"--a certain record of attendance, the offering plate, and square footage. But the scorecard can't stop there. When it does, the deeper emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is lost. Ignoring those details, we see fewer lives transformed, Christian influence wane, and churches thin out--a situation that is all too familiar across North America today.

It is time to take heart and rework the scorecard.

According to Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer, the authors of Transformational Church, "Too often we've highlighted the negative realities of the declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope and transformation."

Based on the most comprehensive study of its kind, including a survey of more than 7,000 churches and hundreds of on-site interviews with pastors, Transformational Church takes us to the thriving congregations where truly changing lives is the norm.

Stetzer and Rainer clearly confirm the importance of disciple making for all through active biblical engagement and prayerful dependence on God alongside of ever-increasing, intentional participation in mission and ministry activities. As the church engages these issues, the world will see the change:

* More people following Christ
 More believers growing in their faith
 More churches making an impact on their communities

The transformation starts now.

Author Bio

Thom S. Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies worldwide, and the best-selling coauthor of Simple Church, Essential Church, and Simple Life. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ed Stetzer is director of LifeWay Research and missiologist in residence at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters, two doctoral degrees, and has written dozens of articles and acclaimed books including Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Comeback Churches, and Lost and Found. Ed and his wife have three daughters.

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  1. mojo
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    but is it a transformational book?
    October 6, 2011
    mojo
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Let's see, I have read: Comeback Churches, Planting Missional Churches, Simple Church, Breakout Churches and.... no, I think that's it. I have read a lot of books by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. This new book, Transformational Church "creating a new scorecard for congregations" feels more like the duo's "latest album" than a brand new book.

    Right off, let me say that I liked it, it was a good read - but in a lot of ways it seemed to take the same approach Comeback Churches did. As researchers they set perimeters and then had churches qualify based on those. Next they sent them a questionnaire and compiled the research. A Transformational Church was one that grew by 10% in five years; and had a significant number of those attending involved in some type of 'small group' activity. Of those churches that responded the authors concluded that there were 7 key areas of focus (and you probably already know what they are):

    1. Mission

    2. Leadership

    3. Relation

    4. Prayer

    5. Worship

    6. Community

    7. Evangelism

    Now, of course I have simplified it, and the book goes into much greater detail as to how those keys play out, but that is pretty much the gist of it. All in all I read through the book pretty fast. I nodded in agreement to much of it, but didn't really underline anything. I would say, if you have books by these guys, you might not need to pick this up (unless you just have to subdue your new book fix, in which case I understand), but if you have not read any of their books this is certainly the one to pick up.

    I think the resources that come out of this study and the church diagnostic tool, the retreats and curriculum will be more of a benefit in the long run for churches, and so I will certainly watch with interest how those pan out in the coming months.
  2. J R Keeney
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    More Than Is Advertised
    September 6, 2011
    J R Keeney
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Transformational Church is not another "how to do church" book. The authors accomplished exactly what they set out to do; across denominational lines they set out to find out what churches in transformation were doing that brought successful church ministry.

    Discern, Embrace and Engage, the transformational loop, address the necessary components of ministry for a church of any size. That in itself is appealing to those new to ministry as well as old war horses like me. There is no magical formuala here; just a report on what successful churches are doing to reach their communities.
  3. Pastor Adam
    Elizabeth City, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Research contrary to what the TC's actually said
    December 27, 2010
    Pastor Adam
    Elizabeth City, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    In the hopes of discovering the reasons for the decline of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) a research team from Lifeway set out to interview several churches from varying denominational backgrounds that had, in their opinion, experienced some kind of growth contrary to the current downward trend. The numbers were crunched and the research concluded as of March 29, 2010. The result was a wealth of data and the encapsulation of such in the book "Transformational Church". To read more of my review check out http://intrepidevangelist.blogspot.com/2010/12/transformational-church-book-review.html
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