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The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches

By October 23, 2013 No Comments

Rising influence churches show significant innovation in ministry, and they positively impact both their local communities and their pastoral peers. Most are looking for new, meaningful, biblically based ways to describe and measure spirituality. All strive to become better at connecting with, reaching and serving lost people, and most are trying to find new financial models where less of their total budget goes into facility costs. Multisite ministry is almost a given for these churches.

Leadership Network’s paper, The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches, previously published by Warren Bird, explores this important topic.

Here are some great quotes from the paper:

“Rising Influence” churches strive to be innovative in ministry and make a significant impact in their local communities.”

“The more effort we put into growing up disciples, the more we grow.”

“Rising influence pastors are deeply concerned about connecting with, reaching and serving lost people.”

“We want to prove that we can become a genuine community, a missional movement of Christ followers, more than the show – and a place where somehow you can monitor our spiritual vitality.”

“We’re always training our people to do outreach. No one does outreach quite like we do, so we’re

gearing up to start a conference to train others in how we do it.”

“Service is the best evangelism you could do.”

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Warren Bird

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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