Recommended Reading & Resources

for Churches Studying Relocation



As listed in Going Places with God, A 31-Day Devotional Guide for Churches Considering Relocation



Church Relocation Index, The Baptist Start Page




Church Architecture Department, LifeWay†††††††††††††††

Note particularly, Rules of Thumb and The Planning and Building Process



44 Steps Up Off the Plateau

by Lyle E. Schaller, 1993, Abingdon Press

Amazon     B&N     Adobe (PDF)     Microsoft Reader     Palm e-Reader    



Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

by Aubrey Malphurs, Baker, 1999

Amazon     B&N     CDB†††† 



Building for Effective Mission

A Complete Guide for Congregations on Brick and Mortar Issues

by Kennon L. Callahan, 1995, Josey-Bass

Amazon     B&N     Josey-Bass



Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby and Claude V. King

1994, Broadman & Holman

B&N     CDB††††LifeWay     All Experiencing God Products on LifeWay



How to Break Growth Barriers: Capturing Overlooked Opportunities for Growth

by Carl F. George with Warren Bird, 1993, Baker

Amazon     B&N     Church



How to Start a New Service

by Charles Arn, 1997, Baker

Amazon     B&N     CDB     Church  



Intentional Disciplemaking: Cultivating Spiritual Maturity in the Local Church

by Ron Bennett, 2001, NavPress

Amazon     B&N     CDB     NavPress 



Kingdom Principles for Church Growth

by Gene Mims, 1994, Convention Press




New Life for Declining Churches, by Harvey Kneisel, 1995.† 

Contact Macedonian Call Foundation, 

c/o Houstonís First Baptist Church

7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX77024

This book discusses churches in transitional neighborhoods

(Excellent; donít let the fact that it is self-published throw you).




One Church, Many Congregations: The Key Church Strategy

by J. Timothy Ahlen and J. V. Thomas, 1999, Abingdon Press

B&N     CDB



Outgrowing the Ingrown Church

by C. John Miller, 1986, Zondervan

Amazon     B&N     CDB



Planning and Building Church Facilities

by Gwenn E. McCormick, 1992, Convention Press

Available from the Church Architecture Department of LifeWay



The Purpose Driven Church, by Rick Warren, 1995, Zondervan

Amazon     B&N     CDB



To Dream Again: How to Help Your Church Come Alive

by Robert D. Dale, 1981, Broadman Press

Out of print, but still a classic

See if you can borrow this from an experienced minister



Twelve Keys to an Effective Church

by Kennon L. Callahan, 1983, Josey-Bass

Amazon     B&N     Josey-Bass     Planning Workbook on Amazon




Your Church Experiencing God Together

by Henry Blackaby and Mel Blackaby, 2003, LifeWay