REVIEW: RISE: Bold strategies is to transform your church by Cally Parkinson
Through studies, data, and consultations with 2,000 diverse churches over the years, this book seeks to provide a framework that clarifies and identifies eight unique church cultures and patterns. The author believes that each church fits into one of the eight categories.
The book’s study findings are impressive, have been well documented, and the author put the information together in the comprehensible and readable way. The “paths” at the end of the book detailing how to move one’s church toward a healthy and vibrant church were appreciated. However, the book did not make it clear how to determine which of the eight archetypes one's church currently fits. The book would have been more helpful and usable if it contained a short questionnaire/quiz for churches to complete in order to figure out in which archetype they fit. For this reason, I found the book not as beneficial as it could have been.
*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of these books for my unbiased review.