This book is literally jam-packed with practical tips on being an effective leader. Using down-to-earth, real-life examples from Perimeter Church, my friend Randy has given us a great gift in this collection of wisdom, insight, and ideas. We'll all be more effective as a result.
-Rick Warren, Author, The Purpose Driven Church
This book has the potential to transform your leadership as well as your church.
-Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Georgia
This is a detailed description of the ideal model for the church of the twenty-first century. Read it!
-Lyle E. Schaller, Church Growth Consultant, Naperville, Illinois
Randy Pope's book makes an important contribution--and his ministry, Perimeter Church, sets an inspiring example--of what a prevailing church can look like today.
-Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Barrington, Illinois
This is a dynamic book--surely a key to what's coming in the next wave of church development in America. A must read for church leaders written by a true innovator.
-Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network, Author, Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance
Randy Pope presents a blueprint for planning that can be invaluable to churches, pastors, and leaders as to how the church can succeed in glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.
-Dr. R.C. Sproul, Chairman and President, Ligonier Ministries
I had no idea that God would use Randy Pope to establish a spiritual colossus. He qualifies as a role model and mentor to all pastors. He has designed this book to be a catalyst for more effectively doing the work of the ministry. I applaud the centrality of evangelism in the church's program.
-Dr. John Edmund Haggai, Founder and Chairman, Haggai Institute
To those who long for guidance, here are seeds of destiny. What a gift! I wish that every starting and striving pastor I know would plunge into these early chapters -- they would emerge exhilarated.
-Carl George, Consulting for Growth, Diamond Bar, California
I have known Randy Pope for more than twenty years, and what he has written in The Intentional Church is an inviting expression of the passion that is the signature of his life and ministry. . . . In this book, Randy has given the Church a refreshing, creative, biblical approach that rescues us from the rut of just "doing church." . . . This book is an invigorating breath of fresh air!
-Dr. Crawford W. Loritts Jr., Speaker, Author, Radio Host, Associate Director, Campus Crusade for Christ USA
Wow! A practical and profound book on ministry design that isn't so complicated that only a genius could understand it or so superficial and shallow that nobody would want to. This is a book that ought to be in the hands of every pastor who loves the church and wants to see the church shatter the gates of hell. Randy Pope has been there, done that, and has the T-shirt. If you're a pastor and you miss this one, you ought to go into vinyl repair.
-Steve Brown, Professor of Preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary, Bible Teacher, Key Life
The Intentional Church is not a theoretical book. Randy Pope lives and practices what he preaches. This book should be an inspiration to every church leader who is willing to be open to God's vision.
-Dr. Michael Youssef, Founding Rector, The Church of the Apostles
It is said that "good fruit" is evidence of a good root. I have seen firsthand the "fruit" of Randy Pope's ministry in the changed lives of his church members, the healthy growth of his church and the authenticity of his life and leadership. Now Randy desires to help every church and church leader make sure they are having fruit in their own ministry . . . fruit that remains!
-Dr. Bob Reccord, President, Southern Baptist North American Mission Board
I know of no one better than Randy Pope at thinking strategically about church ministry -- and especially about evangelism. His lifelong effectiveness and achievement as the pastor of Perimeter Church and its network attests to this. This book distills Randy's considerable wisdom about these subjects into a very readable volume.
-Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, New York
With the experience of a seasoned servant-warrior, the wisdom which can only come with tears and scars, the helpful applications of a faithful practitioner, Randy Pope has given us his heart, and not just an outstanding book on the church. Who needs this book? Pastors like me who need to be reminded of the things which mean the most to the heart of God. Congregations like mine, which too easily can become consumer driven, rather than being consumed with the glory and grace of Jesus Christ.
-Scotty Smith, Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee
I've watched Randy Pope for over twenty years, as he has emerged into ministry beginning with nothing but a devoted wife and commitment to reach a community for Christ. I've seen him innovate, hone and execute multiple strategies, testing them to see which ones stood the test of time. This book is the fruit of that labor. Randy has been used of God to build one of the finest churches in America -- a thoughtful, powerful, relational, evangelistic, assimilating, multiplying and kingdom impact church. He shares his strategy in this book with clarity and practical tools for empowerment. Catch his heart and the heart of his church and it will rock your world. May his tribe increase!
-Dr. Ron Jenson, Chairman, Future Achievement International, San Diego, California
Randy Pope is a man of extraordinary vision for the church. Just being around him awhile you know that he's an extremely gifted leader. It is a blessing for the kingdom that he has used his vision and leadership gifts to have such an impact on Perimeter Church and Perimeter's ministries. His insight will challenge you and stretch your vision. It will help you to dream dreams for your ministry and local church.
-G. Bryant Wright, Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Randy Pope is one of the most gifted and creative ministers I know. For years he has been doing seminars for pastors on how to build a prevailing church. Now he has put his principles in book form making this powerful material available on a broad scale. Here are the principles that have resulted in reaching the unchurched and developing mature, reproducing disciples!
-Frank M. Barker, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
When I'm asked to list significant church leaders in 21st century America, the name Randy Pope is one I always include. With God's blessing, Perimeter has built a church culture that is uniquely equipped to reach people for Christ in our post-modern world. In the Intentional Church, Randy Pope lays out the principles and practicalities that have produced such an effective work for God. If your goal is to build a powerful church for Christ, then this is your book!
-Lon Solomon, Senior Pastor, McLean Bible Church, McLean, Virginia
I wish I had this book when I began pastoring churches. Congregations, laymen and pastors will profit by examining how Randy Pope implemented biblical principles of developing lay leadership of ministry at all levels of the church. At Perimeter Church, Randy is not a one man gang. Instead he has a large gang of trained lay people doing the work of the ministry.
-Dr. Jim Baird, Pastor Emeritus, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, Dean of Chapel, Belhaven College, Director of Church Relations, Reformed Theological Seminar, Jackson, Mississippi
If anyone knows how to do church, it's Randy Pope . . . and with excellence! I highly recommend The Intentional Church, a timely and transforming book filled with practical jewels that will enrich every ministry.
-Dr. Robert M. Lewis, Teaching pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansis