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Going for Growth Going for Growth
What works at local church level

Bob Jackson
ISBN 9780715141076 (0715141074)
Church House Publishing, 2006

Category: Church Leadership & Resources

When I reviewed Jackson's last book, The Road to Growth: Towards a Thriving Church, published by Church House in 2005, I wrote:

This very readable book contains a wealth of information, facts and figures and many worthy observations for reflection and action. It demonstrates strategic thinking at its best. However, I wonder how many busy local church leaders will take the time to read and digest it. Could its treasures not be disseminated in another more compact way?

Well my wish has been granted. This short, accessible book Going for Growth does just that. It applies the challenging lessons of The Road to Growth to the life of a local church. It is packed with ideas, questions, strategies and case studies. It is deceptively easy to skim read, but that's not the point, each paragraph has a question to be engaged with and there is a very helpful guide to using the material with small groups.

This book could best be used by a group revising a Mission Action Plan or producing a Five Year Plan for a church. But it's not just about policies and procedures, it's about people, worship and allowing God to work.

Sue Groom, November 2006

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

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