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It's no secret that the evangelism methods of yesterday are not yielding the kinds of results they did in the 1970s and 1980s. So how are new Christians hearing the Gospel today? How are they finding churches? And what makes them stay at a church? The answers to these questions have the power to dramatically alter the way we do outreach. And Dr. McIntosh has them.
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Published January 19th 2016 by Baker Books
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Kent Kessler
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Win Arn’s study from the 1980-90s is updated in McIntosh’s book differentiating between Builders, Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials as to who lead each person to Christ. McIntosh also organizes responses by region (rural-metropolis). McIntosh delves into the different methods that most influenced a person’s decision for Christ, for males and females; for new converts and church transfers and posts how his study is different than Arn’s with explanations. He takes the survey one more step and lays o ...more
Michael Vincent
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid work which emphasizes the importance of actually sharing the gospel, rather than only doing works of service and being "missional." Though I disagree with his idea of presence evangelism (I think of building relationships as pre-evangelism: it is not evangelism until we verbally share the gospel), he gives good balance concerning the whole process of making disciples. This is a healthy reminder to the church that we must be sharing our faith and he asks good questions to help us evaluate ...more
Rev Reads
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was short but packed with a lot of great facts and ideas. The author expressed a greater concern for turning people to Christ and not just building bigger churches and I appreciate his concern.
Chase Ward
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chapters 7-11 are worth the price of the book.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Summary: In light of the changing culture that has rendered classic approaches to evangelism less relevant, the author looks at how people in our contemporary culture are coming to faith while arguing for the continued priority of not only presence but proclamation and persuasion in our witness to the gospel.

There is no question that the church in America has faced a significant culture-shift in the past thirty years. This book represents a research project in which over 2000 people who had co
Joe Valenti
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Based on the summary of the book, I was thrilled when Baker asked me to review this new release from Gary McIntosh. Unfortunately, this book was not all that I had hoped it would be. The aim of this book is to present the data which resulted from a study of how people come to faith and why they stay connected at their various churches. The stats were divided by mainly generation and geography. While the statistics are somewhat helpful (nothing ground-breaking) the text surrounding the data was l ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Growing God's Church by Gary McIntosh is a little book on a big topic. I've read through a handful of reviews on the book in preparation for writing this and my first thought is that there are some who have misunderstood the point of the book; misunderstood or perhaps simply disagree with the author's approach. McIntosh says from the onset of his book that the the great commission of the church is all about increasing the number of disciples. In other words, the Great Commission is not only abou ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book is heavy on research stat data, it is also revealing to me that some of the basic assumptions from years past are in need of revising. For a pastor of a small church, these data are much needed. Thank you.
Kim Wells
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
The back of this book led me to believe that its purpose was to answer questions about how people are coming to church and to give an entire book full of practical advice on how to utilize this information. However, the entire first half of the book felt more like a scolding to anyone who isn't spending all of their time and effort trying to persuade people to follow Jesus. The author, who came across to me as condescending and grumpy, made no mention of love, grace or kindness and also very lit ...more
Shaun Lee
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I am quite a fan of McIntosh's books, having thoroughly enjoyed "Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership" ( and "There's Hope for Your Church"(, both of which I regard to be 5 star titles.

Short review: Skip Part 1 and go straight to Part 2 & 3 and Appendix. You can thank me later. The latter parts of the book are worth the retail price many tim
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
After so many church growth books have been written, marketed, read, and whatever becomes of such material afterward, this book contains some information that reveals some of the results of a research project that measured what might be considered as the outcome of all the advice presented in the church growth books. That’s the way I read it. What really is working with whom is the gist of McIntosh’s results.

Fear not, this does not read like a statistical report or a doctoral thesis.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
McIntosh has noted that, while churches are becoming more missional, they are also becoming less evangelistic in their practice. He's concerned.

He's written this book to help leaders understand how people are coming to faith today. Decades ago people were getting saved at revivals. That's no longer happening. The statistics from that era just do not apply any more. McIntosh did his own research to get current data. He has evaluated the data in light of the concepts of missional and coming to Ch
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Growing God's Church by Gary McIntosh provides an insight into the avenues through which the lost come to faith and Christ and become engaged in the local church.

In the first section of this book McIntosh provides the purpose and context of the local church in light of Scripture. He demonstrates that evangelism is to be the key mission of the church, while other things like mercy ministries have some use a New Testament church has a primary focus on making disciples.

The s
Michael Harshman
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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“Growing God’s Church” is a very fascinating book to read as the author has done some updated research on how people are coming to faith in Jesus and also getting involved in a local church. Back in the 80’s, Win Arn did some research on this using somewhat similar techniques, but the author Gary L. McIntosh started seeing some differences, so he started an updated survey in the early 2000’s. The part that I appreciated most is that this is not a book simply ab
Hallie Szott
Jan 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Gary L. McIntosh discusses the ways people connect with faith and the church these days in his book Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today. It’s a relatively interesting read as McIntosh shares various statistics and data and explores how Christians and the church today can be most effective in reaching people and sharing the Gospel. While I didn’t love some parts of this book, it still provides plenty of beneficial info
Tom Burkholder
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
In the book Growing God’s Church, author Gary McIntosh, writes about the changing world we live in and how evangelism methods need to change with the changing culture.
While I was excited about the premise of this book, I was very disappointed. McIntosh summarized his data collection and the evangelism methods already being done. He gave very little new methods or thinking. Wait, maybe because relationships have always been the way people have found Jesus.
I would recommend this book i
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is full of good, scriptural ideas on growing a church, God's church. Some will be more easily implemented than others, but none were impossible. I am of two minds regarding how many of these ideas will actually work to grow and strengthen the church, though I do agree that evangelism, telling others about Christ, is the main purpose of the church. It would definitely be a good use of time for church leaders to read.

I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.
Jonathan Ward
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
the best thing about the book is the statistical information made available through his research of how people have come to faith paired with his "down to earth ideas" sections of how to apply said statistics.
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