This book was an excellent overview of the transitional aspects of a growing congregation. As a congregation develops in the size of the people attending, the organization of the congregation changes. The methodology of the church at one size point seems to be inadequate to deal with the forces of the larger size. The programs change, the networks change, the minister’s roles change, and the planning of the church changes. A congregation will not remain a certain size forever. A church has to make the organizational changes if the church is to continue to be faithful to the great commission of reaching the lost. The dynamics of growth are important to understand. This book gives an overview of each shift. It provides a few ideas to help make each transition, but realistically a person would have to read more specialized resources for whatever transition they are attempting to make. The book is a good introduction to the topic of growth. The information about the 200 barrier was the most important to me. This is one of the first books I would read if you are looking to make the size transition in your congregation.
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