Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth by Greg L. HawkinsOne of the church’s primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in people’s lives. Today’s pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area. Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual people—congregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.
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Greg L. In he became co-author of Move : What 1, Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth , which combines sound research with practical application on ways to improve the spiritual growth in churches. Cally Parkinson, the other co-author of Move… serves as the brand manager for REVEAL, an initiative within Willow Creek Association who utilizes research tools and discoveries to help churches better understand spiritual growth in the multiplicity of congregations. Following a twenty-five-year career with Allstate Insurance, she has also served as the director of communications at Willow Creek Community Church. Facts on their own can be overwhelming, so what Hawkins and Parkinson set out to do was provide a model for any church, no matter the size, denomination, or location to become effective in producing spiritual growth within the congregation. After surveying one-thousand churches, Hawkins and Parkinson found that no matter the size, denomination, budget, or geography, the churches that were highly effective excelled in the following four best practices: 1 Getting people moving; 2 Embedding the Bible; 3 Creating ownership; and 4 Pastoring the community.
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Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. A few years ago Bill and his leadership team conducted a congregational survey designed to identify the connection between church involvement and spiritual growth. The study revealed to them more than they were prepared for. Reluctantly they had to admit that over the years they had done quite well in getting unchurched people to come to church and leading those people to Christ. What they had not done too well was actually turning those new believers into growing Christians. This finding completely altered the focus and direction of their church. Eventually they took their survey on the road and the results of their findings made up the book MOVE.
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