Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model; explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust--in God and in His people--as the cornerstone of the model; and provide practical helps for assessing the present and strategies for moving into the future.
- Publisher Fortress Press
- ISBN 9780800632649
- Format Paperback
- Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
- Pages 192
- Publication Date July 1, 2000
Endorsements"Many books are cast out of the same mold. Power Surge is different--it is wonderfully carved out of the discipleship of its author. The marks of discipleship, integrated into the life of any congregation, are sure to electrify its ministry."
—Leonard Sweet, the E. Stanley Jones Professor Emeritus at Drew University
"Mike Foss, a leader who understands change and the church, gives us the how to and the why to of a fresh way of approaching ministry. For the tired, this is regenerating. For the stuck, this is transforming."
—Bob Buford, founder, Leadership Network
"Power Surge is for every church leader who wants to move from counting numbers to making disciples. Mike Foss believes fervently, leads well, writes clearly, and helps enormously."
—Leith Anderson, president emeritus of the National Association of Evangelicals
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1. Making the Move from Membership to Discipleship
2. Discipleship and Spiritual Leadership
3. Six Critical marks of Leadership
4. Culture Shock!
5. The Marks of Discipleship
6. Beliefs, Values, Vision, and Mission
7. Beyond Committees to Ministry Teams
8. Developing Leaders for the Church and the World
9. Being What You Say You Are