The Healthy Churches Handbook
THE HEALTHY CHURCHES HANDBOOK
Robert WarrenA book by a well-known writer on the subject about the health of churches as whole communities - a sequel to his earlier Growing healthy churches.
The process of revitalising your church is a massive subject. The author is a well-known writer on the subject and this book is a sequel to his earlier Growing healthy churches. It is about the health of churches as whole communities. From the author's experience including work in Durham he identifies seven marks of health. They are: energised by faith; outward looking focus; seeks to find out what God wants; faces the cost of change and growth; operates as a community; makes room for all; does a few things and does them well. These are followed by a section of practical suggestions about how the health check can be carried out and then a list of resources. As a handbook it is almost entirely free of doctrine, theory and theology. An exception is an attempt to define the church-ascommunity. The overall impression is that here is an extremely useful diagnostic tool for testing the health of your church. Readers could well find themselves doing the exercise as member of a ministry team.
Reviewed by Douglas McMurtrie
Church and Ministry Development