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Built By The Owner's Design [Paperback]

By Danny Von Kanel (Author)
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Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2003
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  078801952X  
EAN  9780788019524  


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Every church needs to reach out and bring in new members in order to remain a living, vital entity -- yet there are many different ideas about what is the best way for Christian congregations to foster real growth. In recent years, what has been termed the "Church Growth Movement" (as exemplified in such best-selling books as The Purpose Driven Church and The Habits Of Highly Effective Churches) has come to the forefront with its agenda of meeting felt needs and targeting specific audiences. At the same time, there has been a less-publicized but pointed reaction to what some perceive as the church growth movement's misdirected zeal. And while the church growth movement has been very successful with new churches, its methods often fall short of satisfying the growth needs of established congregations. In Built By The Owner's Design, Danny Von Kanel invites you into the drawing room of the Master Designer to examine His blueprints for evangelism and church growth. Employing the plumb line of God's Word, he makes it clear that God's way of growth and outreach is most effective. Von Kanel draws on a careful analysis of more than 50 churches in the Southern Baptist, United Methodist, and Presbyterian (USA) denominations to offer a viable alternative that charts a middle ground between overzealousness and declining attendance, identifying a proven framework that can support lasting growth in diverse situations. Several checklists are included that help you systematically evaluate your own congregation and develop a tailor-made growth plan based on your specific circumstances. Grounded in solid research and Von Kanel's own experience in several growing ministries, Built By The Owner's Design is an immensely practical resource that belongs in every pastor's library.

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Every church needs to reach out and bring in new members in order to remain a living, vital entity -- yet there are many different ideas about what is the best way for Christian congregations to foster real growth. In recent years, what has been termed the "Church Growth Movement" (as exemplified in such best-selling books as "The Purpose Driven Church" and "The Habits Of Highly Effective Churches") has come to the forefront with its agenda of meeting felt needs and targeting specific audiences. At the same time, there has been a less-publicized but pointed reaction to what some perceive as the church growth movement's misdirected zeal. And while the church growth movement has been very successful with new churches, its methods often fall short of satisfying the growth needs of established congregations.
"In Built By The Owner's Design," Danny Von Kanel invites you into the drawing room of the Master Designer to examine His blueprints for evangelism and church growth. Employing the plumb line of God's Word, he makes it clear that God's way of growth and outreach is most effective. Von Kanel draws on a careful analysis of more than 50 churches in the Southern Baptist, United Methodist, and Presbyterian (USA) denominations to offer a viable alternative that charts a middle ground between overzealousness and declining attendance, identifying a proven framework that can support lasting growth in diverse situations. Several checklists are included that help you systematically evaluate your own congregation and develop a tailor-made growth plan based on your specific circumstances. Grounded in solid research and Von Kanel's own experience in several growing ministries, "Built By The Owner's Design" is an immensely practical resource that belongs in every pastor's library.
"Danny Von Kanel wants to reach people for Christ He has little patience with marketing gimmicks or shallow programs, and he is not afraid to take issue with some contemporary ways of doing church while suggesting what he thinks is a more biblical pattern. Built By The Owner's Design offers "planks" on which to build solid church growth, and includes surveys on evangelism, discipleship, teaching, and spiritual growth. This book will help churches rethink their outreach methods and redouble their efforts."
Don M. Aycock
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church
Palatka, Florida
Danny Von Kanel has been involved in ministry, freelance writing, and church growth consulting for more than 20 years. He has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Illinois, and is currently the Minister of Music and Education at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, Louisiana. Von Kanel's articles have appeared in numerous church leadership magazines, including "Growing Churches," "Church Administration," "Today's Christian Preacher," "Ministries Today," and many others. He is a graduate of William Carey College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Keeping both the needs of man and the will of God in mind  Aug 7, 2003
Written by Danny Von Kanel (a church growth consultant with 20 years of experience), Built By The Owner's Design: The Positive Approach To Building Your Church God's Way is a straightforward instructional guideline to reaching out with the community Christian church in a balanced, sustainable, and positive manner. Charting a solid middle ground between declining attendance and excessive zeal, Built By The Owner's Design is a profound and meaningful resource to keeping both the needs of man and the will of God in mind with regard to managing the evangelical church community.
 
Great Pastoral Resouce  Apr 3, 2003
Built by the Owner's Design is a refreshing and enlightening resource that every pastor will want to read and own. Danny provides insightful illustrations for concepts presented. Short evaluations at the end of each chapter help the reader move the information to application in his or her specific church setting. The theme of construction, from foundation to completion in discipleship evangelism, provides an excellent backdrop for a fine work that can inspire church leaders towards a greater dedication to true discipleship.
 
Better Than I Expected  Mar 28, 2003
This book has three things that make it a MUST read for pastors:
1. It is concise, straightforward without being polemical, and easy to grasp.
2. The author effectively combines evangelism and discipleship for the average church.
3. The author provides user-friendly evaluation instruments.

I highly recommend this book.

 
Better Than I Expected  Mar 28, 2003
This book has three things that make it a MUST read for pastors:
1. It is concise, straightforward without being polemical, and easy to grasp.
2. The author effectively combines evangelism and discipleship for the average church.
3. The author provides user-friendly evaluation instruments.

I highly recommend this book.

 
Built by the Owner's Design  Feb 26, 2003
Built By The Owner's Design is one book that has caught me pleasantly by surprise. I was surprised to find a book that is applicable to all denominations, surprised by the author's insight into the inner workings of individual churches, and surprised to find a book relating to evangelism that is direct and honest in its approach. I appreciate finding a book that gives helpful steps and points to getting churches back on a true evangelistic track with meaningful growth

I picked up this book shortly after resigning from the evangelism committee at my own Presbyterian church. After serving for 2 ½ years in evangelism I felt confused over our inability to change and move forward to meet the growth in our community. This book has helped me to see a great deal what has held us back from the traditions we hold onto to burdening our members with too many committees or programs. I also was able to see what my church is doing well at such as education, support of our new members, to reaching out to the less fortunate in our local community.

The checklists included with the book not only help you clearly see where you church needs work but also will give you insight into your own personal evangelistic walk that the majority of Christians struggle with. This is a book I would recommend to all Christians regardless of their position within their own church.

 

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