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Title: Evaluating the Church Growth Movement, 5 Views
Author: Engle, Paul E (ed)
Publisher: Zondervan; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780310241102
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
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Contributors: Elmer Towns, Craig Van Gelder, Charles Van Engen, Gailyn Van Rheenen, Howard SnyderA careful analysis of the Church Growth Movement and its implication for todayThe Church Growth Movement (CGM) has stirred passionate discussion ever since it was first introduced by Donald McGavran nearly fifty years ago. Now the highly acclaimed Counterpoints series highlights the views of five nationally-known leaders who present their viewpoints and respond to each other's strengths and weaknesses. In addition, three leading pastors respond from their personal, hands-on experience. The five Church Growth perspectives include: Effective Evangelism: CGM effectively confronts the culture (Elmer Towns). Gospel and Our Culture: The CGM lacks a sufficient missional ecclesiology which hinders it from being able to effectively engage the culture (Craig Van Gelder). Centrist: The CGM is based on an evangelistically-focused and missiologically applied theology (Charles Van Engen). Reformist: CGM assumes theology but ineffectively employs it to analyze culture, determine strategy, and perceive history (Gailyn Van Rheenan). Renewal: The CGM must be based on the biblical vision of the church as the vital community of the Kingdom of God in order to be effective (Howard Snyder).