For over fifty years, church leaders have searched for the key to reviving, renewing, or revitalizing local churches. This book unpacks seven such change efforts-which are needed in over half of North America's churches.
George G. Hunter III, dean and distinguished professor emeritus, School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary
Addressing the tension between congregational health and missional action, Dr. Kent Hunter issues a clarion call-healthy churches thrive! Kent has made a helpful revision to the way we've thought about church as a movement versus institution, addressing the ever-changing realities of the twenty-first century.
R. Kevin Murphy, senior leader, Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Walnut Creek, California
Kent Hunter and Tracee Swank have clearly identified seven ceilings to church health and how to break through each. A much-needed volume, this is one of the most practical books on the market for helping a church break through from maintenance to mission.
Bob Whitesel, Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University
When you open this book, you will find the key building blocks for a healthy church. [It] will play a key part in stimulating the Kingdom narrative of a radical discipleship culture being at the heart of healthy church. It's the Jesus way! I highly recommend this book to you.
Mick Woodhead, team rector of St. Thomas Crookes, Sheffield, England
Not just another how-to book, Kent and Tracee guide you in a biblical process to break through seven ceilings that may be holding your church below its potential. Read this book, and let the authors help you develop a kingdom culture in your church this year.
Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Leading any organization is a difficult task. Leading a church in the middle of a cultural and social upheaval is doubly difficult. Through encouraging biblical teachings and practical research, Kent and Tracee challenge seven of the principles and practices that can put a ceiling on our effectiveness. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to be part of a healthy church.
Brad Hewitt, CEO, Thrivent Financial
Many churches pray, 'Thy will be done on earth as in heaven'-this book will help you diagnose your church. It offers clear insights, steps, and tools to move toward living out Kingdom culture. A must-read for those who want their church to be healthy, thrive, and have eternal impact in our culture.
G. Scott Pattison, lead pastor, Sonrise Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
If you believe that your church has great potential to impact your city and beyond, you are not alone. Kent Hunter believes that the foundation for making this happen is a healthy church. I agree, and I'm glad to affirm that this book will set you on the right track. Read it, and you will find yourself reaching a new level of vision and effectiveness.
C. Peter Wagner, vice president, Global Spheres, Inc., and author of The Great Transfer of Wealth