The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace




      The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace
Many evangelical churches face the problem of the open back door even as new people arrive, older members are leaving, looking for something else Combined with this problem is the discipleship deficit, the difficult truth that most evangelicals are not reaching the unchurched at the rates they think they are In fact, many of the metrics that we often count in the church to highlight success really don t tell us the full story of a church s spiritual state Things like attendance, decisions, dollars, and experiences can tell us something about a church, but not everything.To cultivate a spiritually healthy church we need a shift in our metrics a grace shift that prioritizes the work of God in the lives of people over numbers and dollars Are people growing in their esteem for Jesus Is there a dogged devotion to the Bible as the ultimate authority for life Is there a growing interest in theology and doctrine A discernible spirit of repentance And perhaps most importantly, is there evident love for God and for our neighbors in the congregation Leading a church culture to shift from numerical success to the metrics of grace can be costly, but leaders who have conviction, courage, and commitment can lead while avoiding some of the landmines that often destroy churches Wilson includes diagnostic questions that will help leaders measure and lead team transparency in measuring as a group the relative spiritual health of their church, as well as a practical prescriptive plan for implementing this metric measuring strategy without becoming legalistic.Most attractional church models can lean heavily on making changes to the weekend worship gatherings And while some of these changes can be good, thriving grace focused churches are driven by a commitment to the gospel, allowing the gospel to inform and shape the worship service and the various ministries of the church. Read The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace author Jared C. Wilson – heartforum.co.uk

Jared C Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church ftc.co , and Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri He is the author of numerous books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Prodigal Church, and, most recently, The Imperfect Disciple Wilson blogs regularly at gospeldrivenchurch.com, hosted by The Gospel Coalition and is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches around the world.

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10 thoughts on “ The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace

  1. L-T Hopper says:

    I found this book quite disappointed It is formulaic and superficial One of the obvious contributors to this is that there is no chapter on prayer which is crucial.

  2. Ryan Hawkins says:

    Probably one of the most encouraging book on ministry I ve read in a while Which is ironic, because the book isn t directly meant to be encouraging it s meant to be a primer on how to change an attractional church to a gospel church But in that process, I was encouraged because he laid out clearly over and over the importance of depth rather than mere width And in ministry where numbers are much easier to focus on and quantify, such a message was a breath of fresh air.The content of the ...

  3. Craig Dean says:

    A fantastically challenging and thought provoking book that forces you to honestly evaluate your entire walk and ministry Told with real clarity and conviction, the exposition is driven along by an accompanying modern day parable.I have only one criticism that same parable feels unfinished and having established a firm foundation the author descends into a long shopping list of do s and don ts that fairly presume the justifications for his recommendations have already been laid out In fairnes A fantastically challenging and thought provoking book that forces you to honestly evaluate your entire walk and ministry Told with real clarity and conviction, the exposition is driven along by an accompanying modern day parable.I have only one criticis...

  4. Jonathan says:

    I wish I had this book from Wilson eight years ago when I transitioned a ministry in the way he describes in this book Each chapter provides helpful insight and reminders for those looking to make the gospel the center of their church and life Wilson uses a fictional large church s transition as a trail throughout but the tools and priorities highlighted are important for churches of all sizes and contexts His five metrics that matter most make the book vital for the church And beyond beco I wish I had this book from Wilson eight years ago when I transitioned a ministry in the way he describes in this book Each chapter provides helpful insight and reminders for those look...

  5. Nathaniel Martin says:

    If I could somehow get every member of my church to read one book, this would be the one Wilson reframes the church growth conversation around the gospel and encourages pastors to prayerfully labor for healthy growth that can only come from God s work in the gospel It is written with humility and a pastoral heart The major strength of this...

  6. Bradley Somers says:

    This book is for church leaders members who have been thinking, What is this new gospel centred thing I have been hearing about and for those who have been struggling with how to measure if your ministry or church is practicing a Christ centred understanding of grace This has been an excellent summation of a gospel driven ecclesiology with clear appeal to re evaluate what we church leaders and members measure as success...

  7. Jacob O& says:

    If you want a gospel driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ and trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ s bride This sums up Wilson s message I cringe at how often my arrogance has been at odds with God s mission Notes Heaven counts disciples, not decisions 13 And almost entirely new congregation every 5 to 7 years 21 Chapter 1 The dilemma, what if it s not working 23 The attractional church 24 A way of doing church ministry If you want a gospel driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ and trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ s bride This sums up Wilson s message I cringe at how often my arrogance has been at odds with God s mission Notes Heaven counts disciples, not decisions 13 And almost entirely new congregation every 5 to 7 years 21 Chapter 1 The dilemma, what if it s not working 23 The attractional ...

  8. Kory says:

    This book is for those who feel like their church has a sincere heart but a misguided model Those who feel that Christians have gotten good at complicating the things that God intended to be simple and accessible Those who are scratching their heads at why worshiping God in traditional and thoughtful ways has become exclusively considered as a reformed brand while the rest of the Church has to cascade deeper into progressive ideals as though innovation and performance are an inescapable grav This book is for those who feel like their church has a sincere heart but a misguided model Those who feel that Christians have gotten good at complicating the things that God intended to be simple and accessible Those who are scratching their heads at why worshiping God in traditional and thoughtful ways has become exclusively considered as a reformed brand while the rest of the Church has to cascade deeper into progressive ideals as though innovation and performance are an inescapable gravity well that invariably supersedes the Gospel.I imagine that many readers of this book, like me, were led there because this call for Gospel centered church life is already on their hearts I often found this work to put some words to things I only partially know how to say, and Wilson is a voice of h...

  9. Tim Counts says:

    Read my full review at Jared Wilson, I was not trained in the attractional driven model of ministry I am not trying to transition my church to a gospel driven model because we are already a gospel driven church and are trying to excel still1 Thessalonians 4 1 Yet, I desperately needed the message in The Gospel Driven Church Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace for my own soul and for my leadership as a pastor.I enjoy r Read my full review at Jared Wilson, I was not trained in the attractional driven model of ministry I am not trying to transition my church to a gospel driven model because we are already a gospel driven church and are trying to excel still1 Thessalonians 4 1 Yet, I desperately needed the message in The Gospel Driven Church Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace for my own soul and for my leadership as a pastor.I enjoy reading, but it s not often that I highlight something on almost every page of a book There were so many solid points and wise nuances throughout the book that I found myself doing this but also often writing comments in the margin like Wow Yes So true Important Here are three reasons that The Gospel Driven Church is not just for pastors and leaders who are thin...

  10. Jim B says:

    The title is a tip off of the type of language in this book gospel driven and metrics I m not fond of that way of looking at the subject of the local Christian congregation and at first I struggled with his talk about attractional churches But I m writing this review to tell people who might not read the book because of the same language prejudice, This is not that kind of book Don t be misled by the author s choice of a title title and the author s way of describing a popular type o The title is a tip off of the type of language in this book gospel driven and metrics I m not fond of that way of looking at the subject of the local Christian congregation and at first I struggled with his talk about attractional churches But I m writing this review to tell people who might not read the book because of the same language prejudice, This is not that kind of book Don t be misled by the author s choice of a title title and the author s way of describing a popular type of Christian church think Willow Creek Instead of the jargony book that breathes the spirit of the times, this is a well written argument for returning churches to places that worship Christ and focus on the proclamation of His Word.Now, how I finished that sentence may send you off in a different direction Either, oh, I already value that and don t need to read a book about it or snore, that s the same old, same old This book presented me with some new thoughts, and I m grateful for it One treasure I d never hea...

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