Growing God’s Church: How People are Actually Coming to Faith Today by Gary McIntosh is the outgrowth of the author’s interest in the changing dynamics of evangelism within the United States combined with a survey of over 1000 people.
The population study focused mainly on Boomers and the Gen X population with only about 6% of the study containing Millennials. The strength of the book’s investigation (flushed out in detail in the second half of the book) is that McIntosh teases out the differing impacts based upon the generations and genders. One of the weaknesses of the book is the small sample-size of the younger generation (Millennials) – the population I assumed was going to be the focus of the book based upon the subtitle.
Overall, the book presents some good data and thoughts – mainly that family members appear to have the greatest impact on “new converts” based upon the survey data. It also brought out the importance of friends in helping people come to Christ (though statistically lower than family). One area of encouragement was that the pulpit is growing in importance in conversions, so the growing solid gospel-centered preaching that is emerging in some circles appears to be having a positive impact.
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