Jossey-Bass Leadership Network
Author: Mel Lawrenz
A new model for creating greater involvement and cohesion in churchesMel Lawrenz has been using an
engaged, "whole church/whole-ministry" value system, strategy, and commitment in his missional
church. He provides a new model to help churches maximize their strengths and revitalize their ministries
through engaging with God, each other, their community, and the world. This "engagement" model is not
merely a list of functions or stages of growth--it integrates the church, connecting worship and mission,
local witness and global involvement, small groups and personal devotion.Mel Lawrenz (Brookfield, WI) is
senior pastor at the large Elmbrook Church, recently named one of the most influential and innovative
churches in the U.S. His new Internet ministry, The Brook, offers text, audio, and video content to both
church leaders and a general audience.
ke Slaughter, Ginghamsburg Church
"While Mel Lawrenz's 'four kinds of engagement' aims at congregational application, it also creates a
template that individual Jesus-followers can use for self-evaluation of what it means to be the church
today. The final 'dynamics' section is worth the price of admission for church leaders."
--Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future and Missional Renaissance
"Having known Mel Lawrenz for thirty-five years in various capacities as student, intern, colleague, and
eventual successor as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church, I can testify to his keen mind, his profound
respect for and knowledge of history, his forward-looking curiosity, and his undoubted communication
gifts. Add all these to his many years as a seasoned practitioner of church ministry, and the result is this
very helpful book, Whole Church."
--Stuart Briscoe, author, Flowing Streams and broadcaster, Telling the Truth