Book Offers Four Simple Steps to Effective Church-Building

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Many American churches have plateaued or are in decline

Many pastors do a good job of teaching and preaching the Word of God, love their congregations, and manage well the body of Christ, yet they are not seeing their churches grow. In America, there are a vast number of churches that have plateaued or are in decline. Pastor Dave Ford's Growing the Church: Double in Three to Five Years (paperback, 978-1-60477-524-2) will help reverse that trend by introducing a system that is proven to help churches grow and develop their congregations. Says Ford, "This book offers four simple and effective steps to build the church. I hope that readers (will) gain the knowledge and tools they need to grow their churches so that the Kingdom of God can be advanced."

As senior pastor at his church, World Harvest Community Church, Ford gathered ideas in his book that stemmed from his experience over the past twelve years. Because he went through what many churches experience--growth that turns into a decline, stagnation, etc.--he can relate to what is going on in the world today. He believe each church must implement four core ministries (prayer, discipleship, follow-up, and outreach) because those are the ministries that have led to the success his church has witnessed and is continuing to enjoy.

Says Ford, "We all understand that there are struggles and challenges in ministry. We need to realize satisfaction and joy from the effort we put in. The bottom line is we want to see our churches grow and become what Christ has called them to become."

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Growing the Church through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

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