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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-08-01
  • Publisher: Zondervan

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One of the church's primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in people's lives. Today's pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area. Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual people---congregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Facts Are Our Friendsp. 9
Preface: Is It Possible to Measure the Heart?p. 12
The Truth about Churchp. 15
The Spiritual Continuum
Exploring Christ: Getting to Know Those Who Are Searching for Godp. 31
Growing in Christ: Getting to Know Those Who Are Open to Godp. 48
Close to Christ: Getting to Know Those Who Are on Personal Terms with Godp. 65
Christ-Centered: Getting to Know Those Who Are Surrendered to Godp. 82
Spiritual Movement
The Catalysts of Spiritual Growthp. 105
Movement 1: From Exploring Christ to Growing in Christp. 125
Movement 2: From Growing in Christ to Close to Christp. 137
Movement 3: From Close to Christ to Christ-Centeredp. 152
Barriers to Spiritual Growth: The Stalled and the Dissatisfiedp. 169
Spiritual Leadership
The Spiritual Vitality Indexp. 193
Get People Movingp. 210
Embed the Bible in Everythingp. 219
Create Ownershipp. 228
Pastor the Local Communityp. 237
Lead from a Christ-Centered Heartp. 248
What Is Reveal?p. 259
What Is the Reveal Spiritual Life Survey?p. 261
Who Are the 1,000 Churches?p. 263
Who Are the Best-Practice Churches?p. 266
What Are the Spiritual Belief and Attitude Statements and Where Do They Come From?p. 268
Willow's Response to Revealp. 270
Research Approach and Methodologyp. 278
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
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