Tired of following the latest church-growth fad? In many churches, building vision means embracing the ideas of the latest guru and jumping from one program to another. Ministry decisions are made according to the crisis of the moment or the pressures of the bottom line. Long-term planning can seem like an impossible dream.
This book offers something different. Here are ideas that have stood the test of time--ideas from the most significant Christian leaders of the last five hundred years. Your church can implement key strategies from the lives and writings of the reformers:
And who makes up the panel of expert consultants who will guide your vision for lasting change? None other than Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, William Carey, John Wesley, Richard Baxter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and more. Each of the ten great ideas found in this book provides a biblically based and historically rooted vision for your church over the long haul.
Do you want to revitalize the work of your church? Here are ten of the best ways in history to make it happen.
1. A Vision for Truth: Luther's Theology of the Cross
2. A Vision for Spirituality: Calvin on the Christian Life
3. A Vision for Unity: Jeremiah Burroughs the Denominational Theory of the Church.
4. A Vision for Assurance: William Perkins's Model of Conversion Assurance
5. A Vision for Worship: Richard Baxter's Directions for Delighting in God
6. A Vision for Renewal: Jonathan Edwards's Theology of Revival
7. A Vision for Growth: John Wesley's Concept of Discipleship
8. A Vision for the Lost: William Carey's Model of Mission
9. A Vision for Justice: William Wilberforce's Model of Christian Social Action
10. A Vision for Fellowship: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Principles of Christian Community
Epilogue: From Vision to Decision