Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations


Congregations have typically measured success by “bodies, budget, and buildings.” But the scorecard can’t stop there. If it does, the emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is ignored, even lost. Fewer lives are transformed, Christian influence disappears, and churches lose members. According to Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer, the authors of Transformational Church, “Too often we’ve highlighted the negative realities of the declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope and transformation.” Based on a survey of more than 7,000 churches and hundreds of on-site interviews with pastors, Transformational Church directs us to the thriving congregations where its normal to see lives changed.



About the Author

Thom S. Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies worldwide, and the best-selling coauthor of Simple Church, Essential Church, and Simple Life. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ed Stetzer is director of LifeWay Research and missiologist in residence at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters, two doctoral degrees, and has written dozens of articles and acclaimed books including Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Comeback Churches, and Lost and Found. Ed and his wife have three daughters.

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