The following books offer insights regarding church success, church growth, and personal success and failure. Not all of the books agree. Some define success in strict, biblical terms; others use measures from both Scripture and culture.
Banks, Robert. Paul's Idea of Community, The Early House Churches. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980. A study of the differences between the priorities of Paul's churches and modern-day churches.
Campolo, Anthony. The Success Fantasy. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1980. A Christian sociological study of the success syndrome in the United States culture.
Chaney, Charles and Lewis, Ron. Design for Church Growth. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977. Outlines principles for growth as well as diagnostic factors by which the healthiness of growth can be measured.
Church Growth: America. A bimonthly publication of American Church Growth, 150 South Los Robles, Suite 600, Pasadena, California 91101. Published by Win Arn, this is the best resource for staying current on the church ...1