Current statistics reveal that 85% of churches are plateaued or declining. Pastors are leaving the ministry discouraged at a record pace. The pastor's home is the focus of targeted attacks from the enemy. These statistics are unacceptable to Michael and Pennie Wiles. God has called them into a ministry of support; to partner with pastors and churches to help healthy pastors lead healthy churches full of healthy families reach a hurting world.
The Influence of Community gives the reader insight into the growth of Crossroads Community Cathedral in East Hartford, CT. Crossroads Senior Pastor is Michael's brother. Pastor T.W. Wiles has overseen the growth of this congregation as it moved from 125 to the over 2000 that now call this their church home. Michael was on staff at Crossroads during its early growth stages and has stayed connected to the ministryover the last 30 years. This book will focus on one aspect of the growth at Crossroads -- The Influence of Community.
You, the reader, will discover the power that community can bring to your church, the influence it grants you in the lives of people and some practical steps to help establish community in your church. You will be challenged to intentionally begin the process of taking people from unbeliever to fully devoted follower of Christ.
Whether you are a pastor or lay person, you will gain insight and some practical ways to influence your world through the power of community.