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    Hadaway, C. Kirk

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    Is Evangelistic Activity Related to Church Growth?

    "The goal of membership growth at the individual congregational level, while not universally accepted as desirable, is quite pervasive among Protestant religious denominations in the United States. Indeed, in many denominations, where adherents call themselves 'evangelical', growth...is a dominant indicator of success (or failure). Growing churches are perceived to be effective in 'winning the lost' and are thus contributing toward the fulfillment of Christ's great commission...The perceived link between church growth and evangelistic success suggests a hypothesis: higher levels of evangelistic activity are associated with higher rates of membership growth at the congregational level. This hypothesis, while frequently voiced by members of the 'church growth movement' has not been tested in any systematic way. That is the purpose of this chapter."