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June 20, 2006



interesting. Someone asked me to read the Early McGravan stuff and compare them with the current popular church growth writings to see whether they've missed his points! :-)


Ryan, until eight weeks ago I had never given a second thought to church growth. I wrote off the movement as colonial, culturally embedded, pragmatic, and.. gasp.. just about demonic. Unfortunately, my third DMN course was on .. "church health." I have a feeling you and my prof would have much in common :)

In the end, in my final paper, I proposed dropping church health or church growth and rediscovering some "essential rhythms." It was a good course and a great exercise on the way to a more organic paradigm. And if all goes well, I'll use the work I did as part of a new book.


It might be okay if you re-titled it, Foundations of Church Growth: A Critical Review, otherwise I'd get out the dynamite.


I would appreciate if you could discuss much specifically on the growth of Pentecostal churches in USA and in ASIA. I donot see any indigenous modus operandi being followed in the growth of pentecostal churches in India. I have started working on the proliferation of Pentecostalism in Tambaram, in India (Significant place where World Missionary COnference held in 1938). I need some more insights on the growth of these churches. I see the impact of Globalism in amending theological stand of the churches which were standing for their faith. Simply importing the concepts from USA and applying it out out of context in India.

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