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By Lyle E. Schaller

ISBN-10: 0687132843

ISBN-13: 9780687132843

Solutions the query "Why begin new churches?" and indicates the best way to opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller deals validated recommendation according to greater than thirty years of operating with leaders answerable for constructing new church buildings.

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This was more common eight to twelve decades ago when a pastor often would accept a call to an unaffiliated congregation only on the condition that church would seek affiliation with the denomination in which that clergyman held ministerial standing. While less common today, it still occasionally is the prime reason. Nearly every denominational merger results in some congregations deciding to seek another affiliation. One alternative is to create a new denomination. Another is to affiliate with a denomination with a similar tradition, theological stance, and value system.

A third is how much land will we need for a permanent meeting place? The fourth is how large will our parish be in geographical terms? The answers to these four questions have much in common. First, the answer given to any of these three will influence the response to the fourth. Second, each can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Third, and most important, the central factor in determining the answer to each question will be the vision, competence, and commitment of those responsible for planting that new congregation.

This change in the geographical definition of "parish" raises three other questions that deserve a new chapter. Chapter VII Who, Why, and How? Who are the people we expect to be the first three hundred adult members of this new mission, why would they join us in pioneering a new worshiping community here, and how will we reach them? That long sentence articulates three of the critical questions facing every church planter or mission developer. 1 In essence this principle declares that most congregations tend to attract new members who closely resemble the people who constitute the current membership.

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