In 2007, Willow Creek Association published the results of an extensive survey on the effectiveness of church ministries for spiritual formation. The result was REVEAL, a comprehensive evaluation of beliefs, attitudes, and spiritual practices. Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson unpack the survey results of 80,000 people in more than 200 churches in the latest book, Follow Me, which covers a four-stage spiritual growth continuum (from "exploring Christ" to "Christ-centered"), attitudes and beliefs that help people move from one stage to another, barriers to growth, and ways in which churches can help people become more fully formed in Christ.
Willow Creek has once again demonstrated remarkable leadership and courage by their willingness to do the hard work of analysis. Follow Me is another example of their passion to inspire the larger Church toward health and effectiveness. We in church leadership are often too attached to our perceived successes, which sometimes blinds us to our individual ...1