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Zondervan Breakout Churches

Thom Rainer believes that it is sinful for churches to settle for being good when God has called them to be great. In Breakout Churches Thom will show you how thirteen congregations were able to move from a place of internal conflict and spiritual stagnation to a place of spiritual health and overwhelming evangelistic effectiveness. Take this opportunity to learn how you can help lead your church towards a God glorifying breakout!

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Review 1 for Breakout Churches
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Awesome Book

Date:December 16, 2013
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Debster
Location:Brooklyn, New York
Age:45-54
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Love the book. Great book, excellent examples for moving your church from good to great. Easy to follow once you admit the is an issue.
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Date:February 27, 2013
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Location:Dothan, AL
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Great book! All churches should take the data gathered by Dr. Rainer and his team, examine their church in light of the data, and make appropriate adjustments to make sure they are doing their best for the Kingdom! This is an excellent book to go through with committee chairs, team chairs, and deacons.
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Review 3 for Breakout Churches
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Breakout Churches

Date:March 22, 2012
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Adam Miller
Location:Cape Cod, MA
After discussing my resent review of Ed Stetzer's book Comeback Churches with a pastor friend, he asked if I had ever read Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer. It seemed that we were demonstrating the same sort of passion that we had in a clear vision for our ministry, so I decided to do a little research. It turns out, that Breakout Churches was the predecessor to Comeback Churches and both come from Lifeway Christian Resources.
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of Lifeway, a globalized non-profit corporation of book stores, research, and missions. But when this book was written in the early 2000's, it was still within the confines of Rainer's previous research firm, the Rainer group. Thom has served as a dean at the Southern Theological Seminary where he founded the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a well known author and known for his research and help in the field of missiology.
Following another author's research structure, Jim Collin's book Good to Great, Breakout Churches is based on statistics gleaned from the research of thousands of Churches. There was a rigorous process in determining what qualifies the honorary distinction of being called a 'breakout Church,' resulting in only 13 finalists. The Churches polled had been struggling in attendance for at least five years before their initial breakout into success. They were then vetted out by a strict set of standards: The Church had to have a minimum of 26 conversions a year at a conversion ratio of 20:1 (how many people it took to reach one convert).
While the research is interesting, it does seem that it is somewhat out of date. Perhaps that is why Ed Stetzer's book came out four years later. Still, the points Rainer makes in the book are valid and consistent with describing the problem. Rainer's research is rather bleak from the start when it points out that only 13 Churches, out of thousands polled, made the cut. This implies, without saying it specifically, that there is a serious problem for the Church in America. It also limits the research done because it was not a large enough pool in order to study the differences. This all seems to mask the real purpose of writing the book, to point out the trappings of pastors and leaders who are not in the exclusive group of 'breakout Churches.'
The main problem, according to Rainer's research, was that many of the leaders in the average Church in America lack vision, are unaware of problems in their ministry, and are overspent on all of the wrong strategies. Rainer reveals that less than 1% of senior pastors tested measured up to their standards. Because the research is so heavily based on the negative, I fear many pastors would tend to miss the points that Rainer is trying to make. In order to be a 'breakout Church,' leaders have to acknowledge their weaknesses, evaluate the problem, and commit to a solution to change.
Ed Stetzer's book takes a different perspective of evaluating the Church that has more of a positive outlook on the Church. While I appreciated Breakout Churches, its negative approach to failing Churches may not be the best way to get the point across. Clearly, there is a problem that most leaders in the Church are unwilling to recognize, mainly because it deals with them. These books have their place for those who are open to receiving criticism and recognize the need to change. While I would recommend this book for Church leaders who are committed to making necessary changes, if you were only to read one book on the subject, I would have to suggest reading Comeback Churches by Ed Stetzer.
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Review 4 for Breakout Churches
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Date:July 17, 2008
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Randy
Excellent source for the church looking for ways to great church growth. Typical of Rainer, there is good research and facts presented to back his conclusions. This text is an excellent pairing with Rainer's Unsurprising Insights from the Unchurched. The church that is willing to change to be effective will greatly benefit, but this book confronts the reader with the fact that many churches must change in order to be effective.
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Date:November 23, 2005
I've read several titles by Thom Rainer, and this one has a tone different from the rest. In this volume, Rainer's heart for the pastor is very evident, displaying a sympathy for the church leader who has struggled for years in a congregation that shows little if any signs of revitalization. He draws heavily upon Jim Collins' work "Good to Great," applying the secular insights of that title to the secular realm of churches.As a pastor who has served in one congregation over ten years, this book provides me with fresh insights and a sense of renewed hope for long-term church leadership. I have no doubt it will provide the same insights and hope for churches that long to "break out." For anyone struggling to see his/her church survive and thrive, this title is a must-read.
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Date:September 21, 2005
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Denny Sullivan
What a dissapointment when Thom Rainer's book arrived! I had grown to expect Thom's writing to be Scripture-based, insightful and challenging. When I read the book, I thought to myself that Thom must have had a deadline to write a book and he looked over at his bookshelf and got an idea--not a good one--to rewrite Collins' book in the acceptable palette of the non-discriminating church leader. I read Collins' book, Good to Great and I could find some application points that directly related to the church. I consult with churches in the processes of going from good to great--more often from dying to stable--and was hoping Thom's book would be a good resource. Indeed, Thom gave some good insight but with the inordinate amount of sola scriptura left out in favor of sola collinsa, it was like eating a good meal and then walking out on the bill.
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Review 7 for Breakout Churches
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Date:April 15, 2005
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Ed Morin
This is a book I have waited years for. Being an obnoxious fan of Good to Great, I could not resist reading Dr. Rainer's book patterned on Jim Collin's book from several years ago. In short, it's utterly fantastic. I read it in under 24 hours -- I couldn't put it down. Now when I _think_ I know what we need to do, I can point to definitive data that can't be dismissed as "secular and not applicable." I'm a data junkie when it comes to making good decisions and Breakout Churches is all about depersonalizing the process so you can get past the opinions and get to the facts about what is important.If your church is like 80% of the churches out there and is stagnant in some way, take a does of this along with Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren (written before Purpose Driven Life). These two books will help you work with your church's leadership to reinvigorate a stagnant situation. The process can be done with current leadership, BUT only if the current leaders have their "ABC Moment." You'll have to read Breakout Churches to understand what that means. For me, it was easy to have an "ABC Moment" after reading Purpose Driven Church, but then knowing what to do about it is where Breakout Churches helps. My prayer is that this book will revitalize the other 80% of the American churches that are stagnant today so that the lost will find our Lord and be transformed by his grace. Blessings.
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