Book Review: How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise your role, Release your people, and Capture overlooked opportunities for your church, by Carl F. George and Warren Bird
Does your church want to grow? Are you willing to change your style of leadership in order to facilitate growth? Are you willing to adjust your role in order to help the church grow? These are the three essential questions dealt with in How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise your role, Release your people, and Capture overlooked opportunities for your church, by Carl F. George and Warren Bird. The book was originally written in 1993 and is now revised and rereleased in 2017.
The authors divide the book into three parts which focus on their essential questions. Part one focuses on the subject of vision. Does your church want to grow? What kind of vision are you casting as a leader? How can you grow and expand your vision? Part two tackles the issue of redefining your role as a leader. As a church grows, a pastor must be willing to hand off some of his ministry responsibilities to others. The pastor must go from doing everything to training and equipping others to share in the ministry. Part three addresses the questions of how to break specific growth barriers—200, 400, 800, and care barriers.
The book assumes that a pastor and church want to grow. It doesn’t address the biblical basis of growth or stress the importance of evangelism and discipleship in order to fulfill the great commission. Rather than convince church leaders of the need to grow, the authors focus more on the pragmatic issues of how to produce growth and change.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.