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Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, Study Guide: Strategic Planning for Mission [Paperback]

By Kennon L. Callahan (Author)
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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.88" Width: 8.42" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 29, 1997
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787939420  
EAN  9780787939427  

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TWELVE KEYS TO AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH is regarded as the most useful and comprehensive long-range planning resource available. This groundbreaking program for church renewal identifies the twelve essential characteristics of successful, growing churches and offers all congregations a way to unlock their inherent potential for effective ministry. Tested with thousands of users, this invaluable study guide discusses in depth new and useful ways to interpret and work through the main book. After a brief introduction that suggests ways to organize and lead a Twelve Keys study group, the guide presents material for twelve sessions-one for each of the characteristics of effective churches. The sessions include an examination of the topic under discussion, along with helpful questions and biblical resources. The materials in this book are designed to get all participants involved in discussion at a personal level. Twelve Keys to an Effective Church balances practical planning with theological understanding to help churches function more effectively as they seek to grow and better serve their members. Since it was first published in 1983, this dynamic program has been used by hundreds of thousands of churches to strengthen and enrich their congregations-and the numbers continue to grow. In combination with Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, The Study Guide is an ideal resource for launching the Twelve Keys program in any congregation.

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Tested with thousands of users, this in-depth study guide discusses new and useful ways to interpret and work through Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. It also discusses the key principles outlined in Twelve Keys and their biblical connections.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kennon L. Callahan, Ph.D. -- noted author, researcher, professor, theologian, and pastor, is a number one bestselling author and among today's most sought after speakers and consultants. Living in Grace is Dr. Callahan's newest and nineteenth book.

Kennon L. Callahan currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Kennon L. Callahan has an academic affiliation as follows - Dallas, Texas.

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Poorly written, evidence lacking  Aug 16, 2006
I had read a review of The Purpose Driven Church that indicated that this book was much better. That was not my experience. The Purpose Driven Church certainly has weaknesses. In that book, Warren constantly tries to show biblical bases for his points, sometimes finding support where none exists. However, his writing is clear, generally well written, and interesting. And while he deals mainly with his experiences in just one church, he at least has one church where he can illustrate that his ideas did work.

Callahan, on the other hand, refers vaguely to a great deal of research in many churches, but provides no data to support his conclusions. I was left wondering whether he drew his conclusions from his observations or whether he observed what he had already concluded. He offers no evidence that he has actually tried what he suggests, or that he has participated in a church where the leaders tried what he suggests.

Furthermore, the book is tedious. If you are at all familiar with churches, you will understand most of what is in the book after reading the first few pages. While there are occasional details of interest in the rest of the book, it takes a lot of reading to find a few good suggestions.

Callahan's suggestions are generally good, but rarely significantly new. They tend to be more along the lines of, "If you're going to do a job, do it well." I don't know if Poor Richard said that, but it's certainly not new.

Callahan offers charts for rating your church in several areas, but he offers no evidence that these ratings have helped even one church. The fact is, any church is better off for seriously thinking through what the church is doing, and Callahan's charts could be used to aid in that process, but the book offers no evidence that the this group of items rated is better than any other. In fact, a church that tries to do all that Callahan suggests in self-rating is likely to get very bogged down in the kind of activities that he would argue are not helpful.

The Purpose Driven Church should be read as a "How We Did It" book. Twelve Keys to an Effective Church should be skimmed--maybe letting two or three leaders look at the charts to find ideas that would apply locally.
Highly recommended church leadership book  Apr 20, 2006
Kennon Callahan-highly influential in the area of church leadership-writes "Twelve Keys to an Effective Church" to assist congregations in identifying their strengths and building upon them. Yet Callahan emphasizes that not all congregational strengths are created equal; rather there are definite areas in which a congregation will get more "bang for their buck" should they emphasize it over other strengths. The particular strengths Callahan covers are twelve in number (hence the title) but stresses the development of mission-oriented objectives, a strong visitation program, and excellence in public worship.

The strengths of this book are too numerous to list; every page has "ah-ha!" statements and wise paradigm-shifting analyses. It is helpful that the twelve strengths are ranked in order of effectiveness and that the earlier strengths are treated more thoroughly than the latter ones. The fact that Callahan seems to focus his narrative on medium-sized congregations (100-150 in worship) is also helpful as the majority of churches are around this size or can easily adapt these "moderate" evaluations to fit their particular situation. This leads to yet another strength: Callahan's focus is clearly on principles and not on specific techniques; he continually reminds the reader that each congregation is unique and should be creative in applying their mission and practices.

The weaknesses are few, but they include a small font-size (admittedly aesthetic) and occasionally-dated statements in the narrative. Yet even though Callahan often looks forward to seeing how the 1980s shape up, his societal and sociological analyses still hold water and the congregational leader can use them to spur his own future-oriented ideas.

I recommend this book most highly for pastors and other congregational leaders.
The introductions alone are worth the price of the book  Apr 13, 2005
I read this book as part of a class in Seminary (Bethel Theological Seminary, Arden Hills, MN). As the title says, the book pays for itself by the end of the two part introduction. The intros include a great set of information/ideas/practices that many pastors have thought about at various times, but have never condensed into one place so simply and clearly. This book is a tool box for those in ministry. I would put it on my "must have" list of books that I will keep handy in the years to come.

The only (small) criticism I might offer on the book is that a few of the practices are in need of review in light of the modern church setting. The one that comes to mind is the suggestion that the preaching pastor spend 1 hour counseling for every minute they spend preaching Sunday morning. Most sermons exceed 20 minutes in my experience, and in some traditions exceeding 45 minutes is acceptable. Nobody in a senior pastorate can spend 45 hours counseling and still have time to write a sermon worth preaching, plus guide and lead the church. This is a very isolated case in this book, and I have no hesitation in reccomending it to other students and pastors I know who are not fortunate enough to be in the class I am in.
A great foundation for THE MISSIONAL CHURCH  May 23, 2002
I'm impressed by this work, because it is so far ahead of its time. Published in 1983, Callahan's work, in my mind, bucks the notion that "newer is always better." Indeed, as you read this book you will be familiar with it already-- because so much of what you read about today must have, in some way, found its roots in Callahan's ideas (i.e. many have read "Purpose Driven Church," by Rick Warren, which is also an informative read, but have no idea that many of the concepts put forth by Warren seem to originate here).

Callahan's book is straight-forward-- and is applicable in any church, in any size, in any location, and in any setting. He doesn't presume that you need a certain worship style-- his writing is not so shallow as that. Or, that you need a contemporary building (or a traditional one). No, he goes beyond the "surface" issues that we so often get stuck in and looks at the church in light of its MISSION.

That would be a central idea to Callahan in this-- and in all of his writings, as a matter of fact-- THE MISSIONAL CHURCH. In this work, he describes how the mission is central, and how various aspects of the church (he deals with facilities, visibility, mission and vision, finances, relationship, leadership, etc.) fit together to fuel the mission (rather than detract from it, or run as separate, disjuncted aspects of the organism).

A great read. You will benefit from the two introductions (on planning and hope, and mission and success) and chapter 1 ("Specific, Concrete Missional Objectives") alone. Those twenty pages are worth the price of the book, which is good... again... not because it is trendy, but because so many trendy works have stood on the shoulders of this groundbreaking work.

Excellent guide for evaluation and planning ministry  May 12, 1999
I have used this book in a long range planning program in one church with excellent results. I am now using it in a second church and believe it will give us significant information and guidance.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for guidance in evaluating present ministry and planning for a more effective outreach.


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