Does Donald McGavran Still Matter Today?


Donald McGavran

Donald McGavran is the single most important thinker on how we do ministry today. His life’s work is the foundation of what you and I know about growing healthy, impactful churches. Yet, if you are under the age of fifty, you may have never heard his name.

Rest assured, Donald McGavran’s life impacts you. It impacts me. All of us who are called by God into the essential work of fulfilling the Great Commission benefit from his inflence in immeasurable ways. If you have been a part of a seminary that has a school of missions or a professor of missiology, you have been influenced by McGavran. If you have worked to grow a ministry and impact people for Jesus, you have been influenced by McGavran. Without his dedication to identifying and overcoming the barriers that stand in the way of Christian conversion, you and I wouldn’t be leading our churches the way we do. We wouldn’t be interacting with our communities as productively. Arguably, we wouldn’t be reaching the world for Christ nearly as effectively as we are able to today.

You and I can learn a great deal from McGavran’s life and from the work he did as God molded him into the premier missiologist of the twentieth century – and we should make it a point to do just that. As growing church leaders, we need to be students of history.

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McGavran-graphicsP.S. – For an in-depth look into the life and work of Donald McGavran, pick up Dr. Gary Mcintosh’s latest work Donald A. McGavran: A Biography of the Twentieth Century’s Premier Missiologist. 

Join Dr. McIntosh on a discovery of McGavran’s life and work; no other person so impacted the growth of the church in North America and around the world. When it comes to applicable truths concerning the growth of the Christian church, McGavran’s story reveals critical insights that many in ministry today have been missing for far too long.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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