One Size Doesn't Fit All: Bringing out the Best in Any Size Church

by Gary L. McIntosh. Fleming Revell, 1999.

A noted leader in the Church Growth Movement in the United States, Gary McIntosh has summarized in very accessible terms the differences in style and structure among different sizes of congregations (which he divides into three size categories), typical obstacles to growth at each size, and the most promising growth strategies for each situation. He provides a fine diagnostic checklist for determining whether your congregation has a "single cell" orientation. Framed as a dialog between a younger pastor and a more seasoned mentor, the book has a conversational tone, a clear outline, helpful charts and diagrams, and "quotable quotes" highlighted in each chapter. The book will be especially helpful for clergy, but also appealing to the lay leader with a vision for growth (or confused about why change efforts have failed).