General Interest

These Churches Influence You More than You Realize!

By July 29, 2015 No Comments

Book cover1Elmer Towns, the original compiler of “biggest church” lists in the 1960s, has spent more than 50 years visiting, interviewing, studying and writing about high-influence churches. The problem for most of us today is that we know only the recent crop. A lot of great insight can come from learning who influenced them, and how.

The title of the book makes a huge claim: The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century: And How They Impact You Today. To tease your interest, I did this video interview the author about some of the then-and-now perspectives on the book.

I helped encourage Dr. Towns, who is also the co-founder of Liberty University, to write this very readable book, and I was privileged to co-write the foreword, along with my friend Ed Stetzer.

I’ve read, underlined and dog-eared pages from lots of Elmer Towns books, but his latest is a new treasure trove of insight about church innovation. Watch this video and decide for yourself!

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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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