Pastor Makes His Debut with Book on Growing God's Church

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New release examines church growth from a sociological perspective

When it comes to proactively growing God's church, we don't have the liberty of choice; all who consider themselves Christians are under a biblical mandate to promote church growth because, as author E. Ken Harmon, Sr., says, "People make churches…period!" In his book, Growing God's Kingdom: According to His Word (paperback, 978-1-60477-972-1), the author examines the Acts 2 church from a sociological perspective, not a theological one, and demonstrates that God has a process that assures his church grows.

Many are under the mistaken belief that God's church is an exclusive "social club" comprised of only professing Christians, but what they don't realize is that by leaving the unsaved outside of their church, it will become stagnant. But, says Harmon, "Don't settle for mediocrity in your church by leaving the unsaved outside of [it]. Don't be fooled into believing God has ordained some churches to grow and others to remain stagnant."

What makes Harmon's approach to church growth studies unique is the fact that his focus is not on church itself, but on the human aspect of building relationships that is often lost in church as a religious institution. That is the niche his book seeks to fill. "Many books on church growth remind you of biblical mandates to grow. Most of us accept this. Their approach, however, is usually deeply theological or intensely structural. This book addresses growth from a cultural perspective because culture assures many minds on one accord, with one purpose, and one agenda: to grow God's church," he says.

Xulon Press (, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Growing God's Kingdom 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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