What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church


Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn

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Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with tough questions…

  • What size staff does the church need?
  • How many workers are needed in the nursery this month?
  • When is the right time to start a second worship service?
  • How many people should we train for evangelism this year?
  • How does seating and parking impact worship attendance?

When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast!

What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and “sacred” laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader’s library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They’ll get the answers they’re looking for all in one place.

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“I love pastors. I am humbled by the fact that pastors often come to me for advice and wisdom. Now I have a resource that answers so many of their questions. This book is fantastic! There is no doubt that it will be on my shelf as a reference for years to come.” —Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

“A wealth of insights for pastors on the day-to-day issues of leading an effective church.” –Ed Stetzer, author of Subversive Kingdom

“Both of these writers have an excellent history of research as well as a heart commitment to the church and the ministry of Jesus Christ.” —Elmer Towns, cofounder, Liberty University

What Every Pastor Should Know is an invaluable reference book. Its value lies in being well researched, comprehensive, specific, and practical. It is also ‘user friendly’ in listing so many guidelines and rules to help church leaders keep on course and not become sidetracked.” –Eddie Gibbs, Professor Emeritus, Fuller Seminary

“An incredible reference guide…What Every Pastor Should Know is aptly named; the practical information in these pages is essential knowledge for those of us who want to lead growing, effective churches.” –Nelson Searcy, lead pastor, The Journey Church

Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California.

Charles Arn (EdD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and president of Church Growth, Inc., where he is responsible for research, design, and development of instructional materials. He has thirty-four years of experience in leading training events for churches and denominations throughout North America and the world. He is known as a leading voice in the church growth movement. He lives in Glendora, California.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0801014352
  • ISBN-13: 9780801014352
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces


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