You know that people are lost and that God wants them to be found. You also know that your church has the ability to meet the needs of those people. The question is, How do you draw in the people who need what your congregation has to offer? Beginning with a 12-question quiz to ascertain "How Ready Is Your Church to Grow?" author and consultant John Zehring goes on to offer a wealth of practical ideas and easy-to-implement strategies that are tailor-made for your local church's stage of growth and readiness. Emphasizing participation and engagement over membership numbers, Zehring urges church leaders to focus on meeting people's needs—in the congregation and, even more, in the surrounding community.
John Zehring is a retired pastor with more than 20 years of experience in parish ministry, serving United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. He has also served in higher education, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He is author of nineteen books, including You Can Run a Capital Campaign: A Step-by-Step Guide for Church Leaders (1989), and speaks nationally on church fundraising and the training of volunteers. John was founding editor of Seminary Development News, a publication for seminary presidents, vice presidents, and trustees (Association of Theological Schools, funded by the Lilly Endowment).