The Big Four: Book Report

Satisfactory Essays
“The Big Four” Report # 4 (pgs. 1-50)
Introduction
The book The Big Four derives from a project headed by the author, S. Joseph Kidder along with a small group of graduate research assistants. Their intent in the four year project was to try to find out why some Adventist churches are growing and why some other churches are not growing. They discovered four major factors that were linked to church growth in the North American Division (NAD): empowering servant leadership, passionate and authentic spirituality, committed and active laity, and God exalting worship. These are the big four; there is a section in the book dedicated to explaining each of these dynamics. This report is dealing with the first two sections dealing with the biblical foundation of Church health and growth and empowering servant leadership.
The Biblical Foundation of Church Health and Growth Kidder begins with giving us three reasons for the purpose of the church: glorify God’s name, edify the body of Christ and expand the Kingdom of God. Next, Kidder gives clear insight in chapter 1 on what the Bible says about Church growth. He first starts out with the Great Commission that Jesus gave his disciples recorded in Matthew 28. This is evidence that God wants his church to grow; it was commissioned by Jesus, the One who was given “all authority”. What I like about this section is that Kidder doesn’t introduce a new idea or a new method; rather he goes back to the Bible and highlights the fastest growing congregation in church history, the 1st century NT church of Acts. He highlights that this church grew in all categories of growth. Kidder brings to the reader’s attention from the scripture that they grew numerically, geographically, and spiritually. I also like that he emphasizes not only a growing church, but a healthy church. He also states that the “the power for church growth is that of the Holy Spirit” (24). Lastly, I feel that it was even important that Kidder gave us

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Powerful Essays

    According to Kenneth Gangel, in his article “The Marks of a Healthy Church,” he seeks to “explain the characteristics of a healthy church using the measurements of the spiritual, biblical, theological, ministry model, and scriptural model of leadership.” To accomplish this Gangel cautions spiritual leaders not to get caught up in measuring church growth in numerical terms. They should accentuate the holiness and sovereignty of God through Bible study, worship, prayer, praise, and fellowship. In following biblical instead of cultural patterns, churches do not feel compelled to stay “up with the times” or get hooked on religious fads and slogans.…

    • 1100 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Best Essays

    A church whose pastor and others in leadership have failed to put in place a proactive plan for discipleship for Believers is usually a “growing” church — growing stagnant, growing cold, growing spiritually immature Christians, and eventually, many growing closed. Patte said, “There is much at stake in accepting or rejecting the challenge of discipleship…” When a pastor or a church makes a conscious decision to make discipleship of Believers a primary focus in their church, they need a plan. The pastor can make his own plan, or find one that will fit the personality of the church. Putman, after some time, has come up with five stages and four spheres of discipleship.…

    • 1917 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Spinal Stenosis

    • 602 Words
    • 3 Pages

    The New Testament begins with Paul’s three missionary journeys, in which his mission was to plant churches and teachings about the Lord. It is safe to say there were many other great church planters after the death of the apostle Paul, such as Peter and John. I plan to elaborate on the main issues facing each of the churches addressed by the General Epistles.…

    • 602 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Final Project

    • 2652 Words
    • 8 Pages

    “The 12 Characteristics of a Purpose Driven Church,” Church Growth Software, accessed September 12, 2034, http://www.churchgrowthsoftware.com/purpose_driven_church.htm…

    • 2652 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Better Essays

    Bibliography: Bloesch, Donald G. The Church: Sacraments, Worship, Ministry, Mission (christian Foundations). Downers, IL: IVP Academic, 2005.…

    • 1438 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Church Risk Paper

    • 2893 Words
    • 12 Pages

    Daniel Akin, James Leo Garrett Jr., Robert L. Reymond, James R. White and Paul F. M. Zahl, Perspectives on Church Government: 5 Views, 1st Edition, ed. Chad Owen Brand and R. Stanton Norman (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2004), 3.…

    • 2893 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Cook, James I. The Church Speaks: Papers of the Commission on Theology Reformed Church in America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.…

    • 4887 Words
    • 20 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    4 MAT Book Review Clinton

    • 1437 Words
    • 5 Pages

    A major part of the book is on how God develops a leader over time. Many young leaders don’t understand that there is a process that one has to go through in order to lead others. That process does not happen overnight. In fact the process never stops. God is always processing us to serve Him and His church better. These times of processing can occur because of crises, illness, persecution or discipline, self-choice, or providential circumstances.1 These moments of process are times where God teaches us life and leadership lessons. We are not only shaped by our training but also by our experiences.…

    • 1437 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Better Essays

    Blumhofer, Edith L. Restoring the Faith: The Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism, and American Culture. Urbana, Ill., 1993.…

    • 5412 Words
    • 22 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the article, Baptists and the Ecumenical Movement by John Briggs, the role and history of Baptists in their engagement with the Ecumenical Movement is discussed. This article critique will summarize the main points of the article, as well as look at the strengths and weaknesses. The conclusion of this critique will determine the overall effectiveness of the article itself.…

    • 920 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Best Essays

    Woodbridge, Noel B. "Understanding the Emerging Church Movement: An Overview of Its Strengths, Area of Concern and Implications for Today 's Evangelicals"." Conspectus 04, no. 1 (Mar 2007): 98.…

    • 3030 Words
    • 13 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Best Essays

    Disciple Making Plan

    • 3368 Words
    • 10 Pages

    McIntosh, Gary L., Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won’t Get You…

    • 3368 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Best Essays

    Dsmn Final Paper

    • 1108 Words
    • 4 Pages

    In this week’s review, we seek to gain an understanding of what an organic church model looks like. Cole is the author of our text, Church 3.0 and within this book, he points out how church today has not changed much since the early days and that we in our day and culture need to make some much desired changes as to how we do church. Cole tells us that how we are doing church today in the modern society just isn’t working. We have an abundance of mega churches that attract people to them, but, the truth is, they are just one in a big crowd of people. So, Cole provides us with Church 3.0, an organic, missional way to do and be the church.…

    • 1108 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Good Essays

    Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God by Gordon Fee lays out a prescription for true spiritual success to cure what ails churches of all kinds. The main treatment is the Holy Spirit-led life. Fee's major work "God's Empowering Presence" is foundational in the area of Pauline pneumatology. This book successfully condenses the heavy exegesis of the larger work into an easily readable text. Fee has a lot of poignant and challenging things to say concerning modern-day evangelicalism's understanding of the Holy Spirit.…

    • 1099 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Crisis in the Village

    • 1943 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Robert M. Franklin states that the purpose of his book is not simply to state facts, but to raise an urgent set of questions whose answers will put our feet in motion to solve the crisis. In chapter two “A Crisis of Mission” Franklin sets the stage for his readers for what the crisis is in the church. The Reverend Henry Lyons became the president of the largest denomination in the Untied States of America.…

    • 1943 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Good Essays