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Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century
Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century by Elmer towns

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Author: Elmer towns
Subtitle: How the Impact You Today
Format: Paperback
Length: 233 Pages
Published: 2014

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History has shown that great leaders have the ability to reach beyond the walls of their churches to influence cultures for Christ. We’ve seen it in the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, in the explosive growth of house churches in Communist China, in the expansion of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in the worldwide rise of praise and worship music led by Hillsong Church, among other phenomena.

In The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century, Dr. Elmer Towns presents evidence of the powerful influence of these churches and how their innovative strategies and faith accomplish these goals. Then he tells how you can apply these principles to your church. You will learn how some of the most influential leaders in Church history became conduits for your future ministry and how your church can experience exponential growth.

Most importantly, you will see that the great results in these ten churches grow out of the power of the Word of God, the ministry of many dedicated lay workers, the faith-producing ministry of great leaders – all under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird
Introduction: Finding the Most Influential Churches
Part 1: The 10 Most Influential Churches
Chapter 1: The Spread and Growth of Pentecostalism Worldwide – Apostolic Faith Mission, Los Angeles, California (The Azusa Street Revival)
Chapter 2: The Unseen but Ever-Present Influence of House Churches – Chinese Organic House Churches, Mainland China
Chapter 3: A Non-Violent Revolution that Led to Racial Integration in Churches – Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia
Chapter 4: Home Cells Used for Church Ministry and Outreach – The Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, South Korea
Chapter 5: A Church Built on Sunday School Evangelism – First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
Chapter 6: A Change to Bible Teaching Instead of Traditional Pulpit Ministry – Scofield Memorial Church, Dallas, Texas
Chapter 7: A Seeker-Model Church Designed for the Unchurched – Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois
Chapter 8: A New Church Culture Initiated by Baby Boomers – Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California
Chapter 9: Initiating Praise-Worship in Worship Services – Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia
Chapter 10: Using Media and Marketing to Extend the Influence of a Church – Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia
Part 2: Other Churches and Trends
Chapter 11: Bible Teaching for Every Age through Sunday School – First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, California
Chapter 12: The Influence of Positive Thinking and Financial Prosperity on Churches – Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California
Chapter 13: Churches Built on a Systematic Approach to Personal Soul-Winning – Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Coral Ridge, Florida
Chapter 14: Churches Organized and Focused as Foreign Mission Endeavors – The People’s Church, Toronto, Canada
Chapter 15: An Aggressive Initiative of Servanthood Evangelism – Vineyard Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
Chapter 16: A Church-Planting Strategy of Evangelism – Northwood Church, Keller, Texas
Chapter 17: A Multisite Church Meeting in Multiple Locations – Jotabeche Methodist Pentecostal Church, Santiago, Chile
Chapter 18: A Leadership Church that Influenced a Large Denomination – Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Seoul, South Korea
Chapter 19: A Video-Venue Multisite Church – Seacoast Church, Greater Charleston, South Carolina
Chapter 20: An International Interactive Congregation Built on the Internet – Glory of Zion International Ministries, Corinth, Texas
Afterthought: What Can We Learn from These Churches?
Appendix A: Research Techniques to Find the 10 Churches of Greatest Influence
Appendix B: The 10 Greatest Leadership – Influencers in Christian Ministry in the Past 100 Years
Appendix C: The 15 Greatest Influences of Christian Thought in the Past 100 Years

About the Author:

Elmer L. Towns is Dean Emeritus of the School of Religion and Theological Seminary at Liberty University, which he cofounded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. He continues to teach the Pastor’s Bible Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church each Sunday, which is televised on a local network and Angel One.