Framed as a discussion between a pastor six months out of seminary and a veteran pastor, this book tackles the issues of how churches grow and how church size determines effective strategy for ministry. The pastors' Saturday morning dialogues reveal ten areas that will help readers understand their own church's psychology, addressing questions such as:
How do churches grow?
How does change take place?
What is the church's orientation?
How is the church structured?
Who sets the direction?
What is the pastor's role?
This is a vital resource for any new pastor, church planter, or lay leader concerned about his or her local church. Each chapter concludes with a Taking It Home segment.
Nobody knows the organizational structure and social dynamics of the church better than my friend Dr. Gary McIntosh. I highly recommend this insightful book, which will enlighten your understanding of the critical differences that exist between various sized churches and how they function.--Dr. Neil T. Anderson, president and founder, Freedom in Christ Ministries
This book is a 'process of wisdom' for church leaders in understanding the changes that impact churches at each stage of their development. This material was researched well, practical in nature and insightful for all church leaders. After serving in small, medium, and larger churches I wish that this material was available twenty five years ago. I wish every church leader would read and apply these principles.
--Dr. J. Michael Broyles, Executive Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita, CA
Gary's heart and vast experience in working with and studying churches shines forth brilliantly in this book. Having ministered in small to mega-churches, I found myself relating to and agreeing with virtually everything that was written. This is a work I will be consulting often for many years to come. Why? Simply because I desire that the church I am privileged to pastor becomes all that God wants it to be. Gary's book will be a great help to me in this regard.--Dr. Ted Martinez, Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Walnut, CA
This is absolutely a great book. Every denominational leader should make sure that their pastors have a copy of this book. It is the most enjoyable, practical and capsulated version of church growth dynamics I have ever seen. I sat down and read through it in one sitting. It is great information encased in an enjoyable story. I know I will find myself referring to One Size Doesn't Fit All regularly in my ministry.--Dr. Gil Stieglitz, Senior Pastor, Twin Lakes Community Church, Palmdale, CA
Reading this book and gleaning its insights into the church's orientation, structure, direction, growth, and so forth will save the so-called experienced pastor as well as the new pastor much frustration and pain in leading and ministering more effectively in the local church.--Aubrey Malphurs, Professor, Dallas Seminary and President of Vision Ministries International
Gary McIntosh has done it again with his book entitled, One Size Doesn't Fit All. For whatever reason, most pastors dream and pray towards seeing their ministry grow in influence and numbers. There is nothing wrong with that. At best a small church is a distant cousin of the larger ministry. While sharing some things in common, their diversity must be understood if their ministry is going to realize all that God intended it to be. 'What's good for the goose is not always good for the gander'. Dr. McIntosh has the ability to analyze the similarities and differences, surface the important differentiating factors and communicate them effectively to the broader church public. I believe Dr. McIntosh's book will encourage the churches regardless of their size to accept their limitations of their demographics and build solidly on those principles and practices that address their specific individual needs. One Size Doesn't Fit All will encourage, break the complacency of others and hopefully refocus churches on the realities of their mission accepting both its limitations and potential. Each 'size' ministry has its unique opportunities and its consistent problems. What works on a 'size C' ministry may not be effective at all in a 'size A' ministry. Dr. McIntosh's insights and analytical abilities enable him to surface for us those non-negotiables that must be in place if a ministry of any size is going to be blessed. Building on the non-negotiables are the unique characteristics of the individual church of whatever category.--Joe Aldrich, president emeritus, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary
I wish I would have had this book when I started out as a church planting pastor in 1979. It also would have been helpful for our church at every transition point in growth journey from a small church to a large sized church. I am so glad that this book came into my hands as we deal with the dynamics of being a large church. The articulation of the need for a large church to become organizational put into words what I felt but could not identify until I read this book. The dialogue between the characters in the book makes it enjoyable to read. The charts at the end of the chapters are a valuable tool to summarize the content. The book is worth buying for the charts alone. I'm looking forward to buying copies of this book and getting it into the hands of all my friends in the ministry. The book addresses many of the sticky points of church leadership which many have had to learn, unfortunately, through the method of trial and error.--Dr. Raleigh Galgan, Senior Pastor, Valley Evangelical Free Church