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Building the Body

Author: Gary L. McIntosh & Phil Stevenson
Publisher: Baker
ISBN: 9780801019623
Year of Publication: 2018
Pages: 2019
Subtitle: 12 Characteristics of a FIT CHURCH
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Is your church performing at its highest level?

Just as physically healthy  people might not actually be fit enough to run a 5K, so churches can appear healthy - with no obvious issues, maintaining a healthy size - but not exhibit fitness. A fit church is one that is not satisfied with merely coasting along with no problems. A fit church is actively making disciples, maturing in faith, developing strong leaders, reaching out to the community, and more. Building the Body unveils the twelve characteristics of fit churches and shows pastors and church leaders how to move their church through five levels of fitness, from beginner all the way to elite.

  1. Outreach
  2. Effective Evangelism
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Personal Ministry
  5. God-Honoring Stewardship
  6. Leadership Development
  7. Christ-Exalting Worship
  8. Disciple-Making Strategies
  9. Pastoral Leadership
  10. Loving Community
  11. Vision-Directed Systems
  12. Divine Empowerment
  13. Track Progress

Epilogue: The Rest of the Story


Building the Body is full of practical, next-step ideas for churches that want to be 'fit' to effectively join Jesus on the mission field and impact their communities. Gary and Phil, pulling from their years of experience working with churches and church leaders, provide tools to help understand your starting point and how to adjust priorities and identify action items to move toward being 'fit' for the mission. In the church consulting world, where so much of the material is theory-based, Building the Body is a practical, hands-on, and helpful book. - Lonnie J. Bullock, executive director, New Church Specialties.

Building the Body powerfully draws on the biblical imagery of the church while taking the concept of church health to a whole new level. Becoming fit is presented in a way that motivates rather than produces guilt, and the combination of principles and practices applies to churches at all levels of development. - Wayne Schmidt, general superintendent, the Wesleyan Church.

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