Future Church

Seven Laws of Real Church Growth

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"Every now and then God chooses to plant someone on our planet with an extra measure of capacity and insight. Without question, Will Mancini is one such person. Future Church is more than a must-read. With the cosmic shifts we have experienced recently, the church must pivot to a new normal to remain relevant. This book provides the road map."--Randy Frazee, pastor, Westside Family Church, and author of The Connecting Church 2.0

"Will Mancini once again demonstrates a characteristic genius in helping churches and denominations to recalibrate around essentials, to recover their distinctive callings, and so to find wholesale renewal. A rare and timely gift."--Alan Hirsch, author and activist

"Will Mancini and his team have been a consistently helpful guide to us for many years on creating good church culture. Future Church will help you grow this culture in your ministry as well!"--J. D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church

"Will Mancini is a thinker whose insights I trust. Smart leaders will dive into what Will has to say about the future church."--Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor, Connexus Church, and host of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

"A masterclass in Real Church. Don't read this for ideas, insights, and initiatives that last a day or a week. Enroll your mind in this book for thoughts and tasks that linger and lead for a lifetime. Every page will challenge, delight, inspire, and deepen your church and raise your game."-- Leonard Sweet, author, professor, and founder of Preach the Story

"Are we truly making disciples or just entertaining followers? What should we be measuring? How do we know we're accomplishing our mission? Future Church is an essential read for every church leader who is committed to defining real growth in a new era of ministry leadership."--Jenni Catron, leadership coach and founder of The 4Sight Group


What is the future of the church?

Church growth models have often been long on promises and short on disciple making. We continue to watch consistent church attendance shrink, and our desire to reach the lost is infected with a need for self-validation by growing our numbers at any cost. If we believe that God wants his church to grow, where do we go from here?

Drawing from his twenty years and 15,000 hours of consulting, author Will Mancini shares with pastors and ministry leaders the single most important insight he has learned about church growth.

With plenty of salient stories and based solidly on the disciple-making methods found in Scripture, Future Church exposes the church's greatest challenge today, and offers seven transforming laws of real church growth so that we can faithfully and joyfully fulfill Jesus's Great Commission.


Will Mancini (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a church consultant and ministry entrepreneur. He started several interconnected organizations under The Future Church Co that help the church embody the movement that Jesus founded. Will's visionary planning tools, the Vision Frame and the Horizon Storyline, are used by thousands of churches every year through his calling to raise up other consultants and trainers. In 2015, he cofounded Younique to deliver gospel-centered life design through the church. In 2019, Will founded Denominee to help networks and denominations reinvent how they bring value to the church. He currently provides clarity and innovation consulting directly to church teams through Pivvot. He has written six books, including Younique, Clarity Spiral, God Dreams, Innovating Discipleship, and Church Unique. He enjoys speaking about how to live a life of more meaningful progress. Will lives in Houston with his wife, Romy, and has four children.

You can learn more about Will and his ecosystem of breakthrough ideas, tools, and organizations at www.willmancini.com. Connect with him on Instagram @will_be_clear and Twitter @willmancini.

Cory Hartman
 (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder of Fulcrum Content, an organization that uses the written word to extend leaders' reach and equip churches for disciple making. He has pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Endorsements

"Every now and then God chooses to plant someone on our planet with an extra measure of capacity and insight. Without question, Will Mancini is one such person. Future Church is more than a must-read. With the cosmic shifts we have experienced recently, the church must pivot to a new normal to remain relevant. This book provides the roadmap."

Randy Frazee, pastor, Westside Family Church, and author of The Connecting Church 2.0

"Will Mancini once again demonstrates a characteristic genius in helping churches and denominations to recalibrate around essentials, to recover their distinctive callings, and so to find wholesale renewal. A rare and timely gift."

Alan Hirsch, author and activist

"Leaders pray, plan, and push for growth. Sure, it's most easily measured numerically in the seats, but it is more than that. Spiritual growth of the soul is the right priority of a godly leader. Aim for the heart as you read these pages."

Gregg Matte, pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church

"Will Mancini is one of the leaders I learn from and a thinker whose insights I trust. Smart leaders will dive into what Will has to say about the future church."

Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor, Connexus Church, and host of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

"Through the years, Will Mancini has challenged me and the church I pastor to think deeply and critically about the church and its mission. This book adds to the list of tremendously helpful resources from Will, teaching us how to engage in the mission strategically and faithfully in the twenty-first century."

Vance Pitman, senior pastor, Hope Church Las Vegas

"Most church leaders I work with have been wrestling with a gnawing feeling that something needs to shift in our churches. Are we truly making disciples or just entertaining followers? What should we be measuring? How do we know we're accomplishing our mission? Future Church is an essential read for every church leader who is committed to defining real growth in a new era of ministry leadership."

Jenni Catron, leadership coach and founder of The 4Sight Group

"Future Church is an important and timely book for advancing the cause of reproducing disciples in the church. Let Will Mancini guide you into deeper thinking about Jesus's mission and more imaginative leadership for these challenging days ahead."

Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church, and author of Hero Maker: Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders

"Will and Cory have delivered an intelligent, imaginative, biblical journey, inviting followers of Jesus to a fresh disciple-making partnership. Paradigms and procedures that I've been suspicious of for a long time are exposed throughout this book. I can now see the future in a new light."

Stan Endicott, cofounder and chief culture officer, The Slingshot Group, and coauthor of Improv Leadership: How to Lead Well in Every Moment

"If you want to know what the future of the church is going to look like, read this book. Will is not only one of the most future-minded leaders I know, he's also deeply informed about past and present church practice. His ability to see and systematize the shift that is coming is impeccable. This is going to become required reading for my entire leadership team."

Daniel Im, pastor, Beulah Alliance Church, and author of No Silver Bullets: 5 Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry

"Future Church is a masterclass in Real Church. Don't read this for ideas, insights, and initiatives that last a day or a week. Enroll your mind in this book for thoughts and tasks that linger and lead for a lifetime. Every page will challenge, delight, inspire, and deepen your church and raise your game."

Leonard Sweet, author, professor, and founder of Preach the Story

"Future Church invites twenty-first-century followers of Jesus to reanchor in the ancient charter of a radically missional movement. The book navigates the polarity of church models mired in well-intended handicaps by offering refreshing tertium quid-type clarity on what could be, what must be. As a constructive plea, Future Church's experience-based frameworks and principles invite leaders to reject the enduring growth limitations of yesterday's compromised models for breakthroughs today."

Mike Sharrow, CEO, The C12 Group


The Authors

  1. William Mancini

    William Mancini

    William Mancini (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a church consultant and ministry entrepreneur. In 2015, he cofounded Younique, a coaching company that delivers gospel-centered life design through local churches, and in 2019 he started Denominee, a...

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  2. Will Mancini
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    Will Mancini

    William Mancini (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a church consultant and ministry entrepreneur. In 2015, he cofounded Younique, a coaching company that delivers gospel-centered life design through local churches, and in 2019 he started Denominee, a...

    Continue reading about Will Mancini

  3. Cory Hartman
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    Cory Hartman

    Cory Hartman is the founder of Fulcrum Content, an organization that uses the written word to extend leaders' reach and equip churches for disciple-making. He has pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Continue reading about Cory Hartman