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Building a Church that Reaches – and Continues to Reach – the Next Generation

By August 18, 2016 No Comments

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By Warren Bird

What if you set the following goal: In the church you serve, the attendees’ average age will be at least as young as the average age in our surrounding community. If your congregation is like most, the average age is older than the people who live, work and play in the neighborhood around where your church meets. In fact, a recent national study shows how the average age in most denominations is considerably older than the average adult age in the United States.

Pittsburgh pastor Lee Kricher took on the challenge above in a long-established church, as he unpacks in For a New Generation: A Practical Guide to Revitalizing Your Church. He outlines five practical change strategies for church leaders and members who are committed to reversing or avoiding church decline. This book is not about changing your church’s statement of faith. It is about evaluating and changing, as needed, your church’s programs, ministries and practices to ensure the long-term health and vitality of your church.

My take on what Lee writes is this: “Rich in insight, difficult to put down, courage-inspiring, practical, and brutally honest, For a New Generation makes church revitalization seem invitingly doable—because it can be.” In fact, you’ll find those very words on the back cover of the book, just below Andy Stanley’s glowing endorsement, because I had the privilege to read an advance copy.

Obviously I’m quite enthusiastic about the book, and I believe you too will find it a very helpful book.

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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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