Stephen Macchia's popular book Becoming a Healthy Church illustrates the ten characteristics of church health. The author suggests that all churches engage in an assessment process each year to determine the health of the church, and he has written this guide to help them in that process. With Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook, churches will be able to better analyze and improve their effectiveness in maintaining the ten qualities of a healthy church. It provides the necessary tools for churches to evaluate their health, not just growth, and improve each area. The workbook provides summaries of the ten characteristics and an appendix containing resource materials for the church to use as it works through the strategic planning process. Macchia offers seven steps to help the church assess its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, ministry options, ministry goals, and action steps. This workbook is designed to help pastors, church and denominational leaders, and other church members or committees assess the health of their church, realize its potential, and unify the church with a plan toward better health.
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This is the tool you need to evaluate and improve the health of your church. Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook, the companion to Macchia's book Becoming a Healthy Church, provides summaries of the ten characteristics of a healthy church and looks at seven key questions that need to be answered by every leadership team. Each of the seven questions forms a step in the ministry planning process, which will help you and your church leaders assess the health of your church, realize its potential, and become unified with a plan toward greater health and vitality. "All too often assessments ask the right questions but leave you hanging. This outstanding workbook takes you through a well-facilitated strategic planning process that develops healthy, realistic timelines for success." Sue Mallory, executive director, Leadership Training Network "This new workbook for Becoming a Healthy Church makes a great resource for churches even better! It can help congregations move from dreams, lethargy, or despair into a dynamic, significant, and Christ-exalting future." Roberta Hestenes, minister, World Vision International Praise for Becoming a Healthy Church: "Macchia goes straight to the heart of what churches need and can do to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century." Leith Anderson, Wooddale Church "Cultivation of these ten characteristics will, through the gracious providence of God, lead to a veritable revival of Christ's church in our time." Walter C. Kaiser Jr., president, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary "This book makes a huge contribution to the effort of church renewal worldwide." Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church "I loved reading Becoming a Healthy Church! It is a wonderful tool that I recommend to every church that is serious about being purpose-driven." Rick Warren, author, The Purpose-Driven Church "You will find spiritual insight and practical profitability in this book." Jack Hayford, The Church on the Way "Instead of old-style models and maps, programs, and procedures-none of which work in postmodern culture-Macchia gives us what does work." Leonard Sweet, Drew UniversityAbout the Author:
Stephen A. Macchia is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a ministry focusing on spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. He is the author of Becoming a Healthy Church, Becoming a Healthy Disciple, and Becoming a Healthy Church Workbook
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