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Healthy Practices

Church Wellness: A Best Practices Guide to Nurturing Healthy Congregations by Tom Ehrich (2008, Church Publishing)

The Emotionally Healthy Church by Pete Scazzero (2003, Zondervan)

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase (2007, Abingdon)

Growth by Accident, Death by Planning: How NOT to Kill a Growing Congregation by Bob Whitesel (2004, Abingdon)

Intentional Ministry in a Not-So-Mega Church: Becoming a Missional Community by Dennis Bickers (2009, Beacon Hill)

It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeschel (2008, Zondervan)

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever (2004, Crossway)

The Power of a Praying Church: Experiencing God Move As We Pray Together by Stormie Omartian and Jack Hayford (2009, Harvest House)

Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones and Reggie Joiner (2004, Multnomah)

Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger (2006, B&H)

So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church by Leonard Sweet (2009, David C. Cook)

Sticky Church by Larry Osborne (2008, Zondervan)

Together in Prayer: Coming to God in Community by Andrew R. Wheeler (2009, IVP Connect)

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears (2009, Crossway)

What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile (2008, Crossway)

What Is Your Church’s Personality? Discovering and Developing the Ministry Style of Your Church by Philip D. Douglass (2008, P&R)


Breakout Churches: Discover How to Make the Leap by Thom S. Rainer (2005, Zondervan)

Can a Church Live Again? The Revitalization of a 21st-Century Church by Ronald Russell (2003, Smyth & Helwys)

Change Your Church for Good: The Art of Sacred Cow Tipping by Brad Powell (2007, Nelson)

Church on the Couch: Does the Church Need Therapy? by Elaine Hamilton (2009, Zondervan)

Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too by Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson (2007, B&H)

Dying for Change by Leith Anderson (1998, Baker)

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch (2007, Brazos)

From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church by Harry L. Reeder III & David Swavely (2008, P&R)

How to Change Your Church (Without Killing It) by Alan Nelson and Gene Appel (2000, Thomas Nelson)

If It Could Happen Here: Turning the Small-Membership Church Around by Jeff Patton (2002, Abingdon)

Innovative Planning: Your Church in 4-D by Bud Wrenn (2008, Chalice Press)

Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry by Margaret J. Marcuson (2009, Seabury Books)

Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson (2009, Zondervan)

A Mainline Turnaround: Strategies for Congregations and Denominations by Lyle E. Schaller (2005, Abingdon)

More Dumb Things Churches Do and New Strategies for Avoiding Them by Philip Wiehe and Linda McFadden (2009, Morehouse)

Preaching for Revitalization: How to Revitalize Your Church Through Your Pulpit by Michael F. Ross (2006, Christian Focus)

The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small is the New Big for Today’s Church by Tony and Felicity Dale and George Barna (2009, Tyndale)

A Second Resurrection: Leading Your Congregation to New Life by William Easum (2007, Abingdon)

Springs of Living Water: Christ-Centered Church Renewal by David S. Young (2008, Herald Press)

Steering Chaos: Leading Through Transition and Living to Tell About It  by Scott Wilson (2009, Zondervan)

(Who Can Save) The Incredible Shrinking Church by Frank Page and John Perry (2008, B&H)

Whole Church: Leading From Fragmentation to Engagement by Mel Lawrenz (2009, Jossey-Bass)

Can These Bones Live? Bringing New Life to a Dying Church by Kevass Harding (2007, Abingdon)

Consultants & Ministries

Building Church Leaders

Assessments, resources and an online community for leadership

Change Without Compromise

Pastors conference hosted by NorthRidge Church

Church Central

Blogs, articles, videos, products and training

Church Growth Inc.

Consulting, products and seminars to facilitate church growth

Church Health Profile

Online church health survey

Church Wellness

Events, articles and reports on nurturing a healthy church

ChurchSmart Resources

Tools for church planting, church health and leadership development

Dual Reach

Training, consulting and resources to help churches strategically impact the world

Ephesians Four Ministries: Church Growth Institute

Products and tools for various church ministries

Finishing the Task

Churches starting spiritual movements everywhere—churches and missions partner together to take the Good News to the world’s remaining 6,000 unreached people groups

Lay Renewal Ministries

Events and workshops, congregational renewal, master planning, resourcing and equipping, leadership development

Ministry Advantage

Customized coaching, predesigned ministry systems and workshops

Sauls Consulting Services

Stewardship campaigns, pastoral / staff coaching and networking with church loan organizations and contractors

21st Century Strategies Inc.

Consultants, seminars, training, coaching, resources, secret shoppers


Articles—Church Health & Revitalization

“Different Paths to a Common Goal: Healthy, Revitalized Churches Making Disciples” by Boyce Bowdon

“Existing Church Revitalization” by East Kansas UMC

Revitalization Series (2007) by James Merritt

“Stirring the Waters” series on church revitalization by Ed Stetzer