Building The Body
Just as a physically healthy person might not actually be fit enough to run a 5K, so churches can appear healthy--with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size--but not exhibit fitness. A fit church is one that is not satisfied with merely coasting along with no problems. A fit church is actively making disciples, maturing in faith, developing strong leaders, reaching out to the community, and more. Building the Body unveils the twelve characteristics of fit churches and shows pastors and church leaders how to move their church through five levels of fitness, from beginner all the way to elite.
\Building the Body powerfully draws on the biblical imagery of the church while taking the concept of church health to a whole new level. Becoming fit is presented in a way that motivates rather than produces guilt, and the combination of principles and practices apply to churches at all levels of development.\--Wayne Schmidt, general superintendent, the Wesleyan Church
\Practical steps to the next level--that\'s what this book offers. Wherever your church lies along a continuum of twelve factors (e.g., outreach, stewardship, worship, disciple making), McIntosh and Stevenson give concrete strategies for advancing to the next level . . . and then the next level . . . and then the next level.\--Donald R. Sunukjian, chair, department of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology
\A practical, informative, doable resource for leaders and churches who want not only to get better but also to get as strong or fit as possible for the good of the kingdom of Jesus Christ.\--Jim Dunn, vice president of church relations, Wesleyan Investment Foundation