The church world is in transition. Old formulas that were tried and tested over the years do not work any longer. People have put faith in these formulas,and now their faith in church work is shaken. Those who direct the work of the church are looking for answers and direction. Mainline churches and independent churches are having difficulty in ministry. Many people see their church declining in vitality and faith; the vital signs that shake them most are the decline in membership and money.
Waldo Werning presents practical ways of addressing these concerns in his book 12 Pillars of a Healthy Church. Taking his cue from the eight quality characteristics of Natural Church Development and the four leading indicators for church health from his earlier book, God Says Move, Werning goes back to the Bible as a practical foundation for these 12 pillars of a healthy church.