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Transformational Church

Author Thom Rainer & Ed Stetzer
Narrator John Lescault
Runtime 9 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Hovel
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Release Date April 19, 2010
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Churches committed to following Christ's example want this world changed for the sake of eternity. While the supernatural piece of making that happen goes without saying, how does a body of believers do its part to be in that "sweet spot" where true spiritual transformation occurs?

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WINNER of the 2011 "Retailers Choice Awards" for ‘Church & Culture'!

Churches committed to following Christ's example want this world changed for the sake of eternity. While the supernatural piece of making that happen goes without saying, how does a body of believers do its part to be in that "sweet spot" where true spiritual transformation occurs? In Transformational Church, best-selling research authors Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer survey fifty thousand churches—then narrow the scope down to five hundred congregations—for a qualitative answer.

Their book, the most comprehensive study of the modern American church to date, contains a wealth of indispensable new data, nuanced insights, and how-to guidance, all centered on this key finding: "Transformational churches make disciples whose lives are being transformed by the gospel, so that people engage the culture around them for its ultimate transformation. Deeply committed to the essential foundations of discipleship (worship, community, and mission), transformational churches practice their faith and make disciples through vibrant leadership, prayerful dependence upon God, and relational intentionality. And they do so paying mind to their unique context and with a missionary mindset."

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Great book for pastors who are looking for tools to move their Church forward!
I was fortunate enough to listen to this book as part of the christianaudio.com reviewers program. The audio-book is available from http://christianaudio.com/review/product/list/id/6533/.

This book is aimed at the Senior Pastor or Church Leader level, and as such probably would not be useful for the average Christian to read.

The data and information contained has been gleaned through a rigorous process of elimination and section of Churches, inter-denominational, and of varying sizes across the US, that are actively advancing the Kingdom of God, and the members of these Churches were surveyed to get their impressions of what their Churches do, and don't do, what they value and don't value.

This book is not a list of things that theoretically should work in your Church, or the latest trend or ideas, but proven principles. The heart of which is each and every member having a missional mindset, and taking the gospel of Jesus Christ into the world.

I thought the book was well read, although there are many places where the readers voice changes, it seems that he left, had a break and came back with a fresher voice. It might be better the make these breaks more strategic in future.

With this type of book I really need a text version to refer back to over and over again, because I do not have the spare time to listen all the way through the audio again to find what I want. So I have purchased the book. Making a PDF version of the book available (especially for word search) would be extremely helpful.

Over all I have given this book 5 stars, as it hits home well with it's target audience, I have even purchased some copies as gifts for some of my pastor friends.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/10/2010)
Well researched and thought provoking
Having listened to the audiobook, I was impressed with the research and the recommendations offered by the authors. This is not a book that will provide you a how-to list of things your church can do to see growth. Rather, they look at other churches across denominational barriers. Instead of telling you what you must do to reach people, you will learn what churches that are actually experiencing growth and reaching people with a gospel message that leads to regenerate men and women.

You will learn that what I find are many “duh” statements. Things like the necessity of prayer and the need to focus worship on God and not man come quickly to mind. In essence, get back to the Bible and your church will see the growth that many desire. That growth, however, will not be a worldly growth in numbers (though those will come). Rather, the growth will be in the spirituality of the congregation.

I realize there are a ton of “how-to grow your church manuals” being published and sold as the next great innovation. Transformational Church is not one of those manuals. To read this book is to take a hard look at what you are doing correctly and incorrectly in your own church. The new report card will help you to discern your need, embrace the necessity of change, and engage your community where they (and you) are located. I highly recommend this resource in both the audio and print editions.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/2/2010)
Interesting research on thriving churches
In Transformational Church, Thom S. Rainer and Ed Stetzer present their research findings as to what thriving, growing churches are doing differently and why various areas of church practice are important.

In some ways, the book has a similar premise to The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons which I recently reviewed. I think this book was an improvement in a number of ways. One was that there was no shortage of case studies. While some of them were well known churches, many were not very well known churches doing good things. Given the tendency that sometimes exists in the Christian community to focus excessively on the famous churches, this is a good thing. Another improvement was that it was more balanced when it comes to dealing with the flaws, not just the positive aspects of the researched group.
While the book is about churches, it would also provide useful food for thought for those in para-church ministries. I’ll be thinking about how their findings about growing churches may have implications for the university ministry I’m involved in.

The only thing I didn’t particularly like about the book was that at times it seemed to overdo the statistics.

Given that many Christian authors make questionable use of statistics, it was great to see a detailed explanation about how they got to their statistics and what measures were taken to ensure the research conclusions were valid.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2010)
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