Based upon an
independent, nationwide survey of independent Baptist churches, this book
provides a thought-provoking and encouraging look at local church ministry—a fresh
perspective on how God’s plan still works!
Beginning with an unbiased look at comprehensive data, part one of this
book examines the present state of independent Baptists across the nation and
across many various subsets and fellowship groups. Most statistics are revealing and
encouraging, while others present a great need and challenge us to do better.
Part two explores the
concept of positive deviance—what healthy churches are doing that struggling
churches are not doing. You will delight
to study seven biblical principles that healthy churches are practicing and
that God is still blessing in the 21st Century ministry! You will be encouraged by real-time examples
of dynamic local churches. The
insightful data coupled with practical and biblical application will challenge
you to chart a scriptural course for developing a healthy and dynamic local
Part three concludes
the study with a personal call to “strive together”—to help meet the great
needs of our nation and world. We can
make a lasting difference without compromising; but to do so, we must labor
together to plant more local churches in more places.
ministries that practice biblical principles are still effective and blessed of
God! With reliable data and biblical
insight, this book reveals an encouraging untold story that every Christian should