Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: Kennon Callahan

Twelve Keys to an Effective Church  has been a useful tool for me since graduating seminary.  I have read this book several times and have found its instruction in “how to” information to be a great tool in the ministry of the .  What I have found to be most helpful in Dr. Callahan’s book is the way he lays out the priorities of development.

The need for every congregation to have “specific (particular human hurts or hopes), concrete (delivery of effective help), missional (focusing on both individual and institutional hurts and hopes) objectives (clear intentional goals)” is a statement that has given me guidance in my ministry development.  In the past I have found myself involved in “programs and ministry” that did not have directive or an overriding .  Dr. Callahan’s in mapping out ministry is “hands on” practical.

In Twelve Keys   Callhan reminds the that we serve a “risen Lord”.   The building upon the “strengths” of a given congregation is one of the strong themes.  The statement “mission leads us beyond ourselves” is an overriding theme throughout this book.

The guidance Callahan gives in how to relate to those we are trying to reach has useful .   One statement that has stayed with me is found in his chapter on Pastoral and Lay Visitation.  “It is important to realize that the of these visits with unchurched families is not to get them into the church.”  He goes on to describe them as “mission visits”.

The  ministry of Twelve Keys , has helped me more than any one book I have ever read on the subject of church organization.  I have kept this book on hand in my study for over 20 years.

Dale Roach

About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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