Dr. Roger Shepherd, Dean of the College of General Studies has published a new book. It is entitled Church Growth and Membership Development in a Contemporary World, Relational Personal Teaching. This book addresses leadership patterns needed for growing congregations of the body of Christ. The churches studied are located in the contemporary society of North America. In Part I, I study the biblical, historical and contemporary context of the body of Christ. Part II, presents the research findings. Part III gives the meaning of leadership and ministry patterns, present a model for ministry, and make recommendations. The research methodology used was qualitative methods to collect and analyze data to develop a model of ministry for the contemporary society. This included one-thousand surveys among the laity of the body of Christ, interviews among church leaders, and participation observation. Grounded theory analysis yielded patterns of leadership and ministry in growing bodies of Christ. A review of literature will provide information necessary for the theoretical foundations of the research. The goal of this study is to recommend a model for change in patterns of leadership and ministry to do the mission of the church, disciple and connect people to Christ, and serve the needs of people.
If anyone would like to order a copy they can at Blessed Hope Publishing at blessed hope-publishing.com or www.morebooks.de The ISBN number is 978-3-330-70226-4.