Transformational Church

  • by Thom Rainer, Ed Stetzer
  • Narrated by John Lescault
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Churches committed to following Christ's example want this world changed for the sake of eternity. While the supernatural piece of making that happen goes without saying, how does a body of believers do its part to be in that "sweet spot" where true spiritual transformation occurs?
In Transformational Church, best-selling research authors Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer survey 50,000 churches—then narrow the scope down to 500 congregations—for a qualitative answer.
Their book, the most comprehensive study of the modern American church to date, contains a wealth of indispensable new data, nuanced insights, and how-to guidance, all centered on this key finding: "Transformational churches make disciples whose lives are being transformed by the gospel, so that people engage the culture around them for its ultimate transformation. Deeply committed to the essential foundations of discipleship (worship, community, and mission), transformational churches practice their faith and make disciples through vibrant leadership, prayerful dependence upon God, and relational intentionality. And they do so paying mind to their unique context and with a missionary mindset."

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This is a book about systematic research and the results of surveys. Not a formula for a reading thrill-ride. But for church leaders and those engaged in local church ministry, this is vital information. Let me also say that I've heard Ed Stetzer speak. He is engaging, animated, and knowledgeable. I have not heard his co-author Thom Rainer. In any case, once again the audiobook version of this 'christian' title suffers due to narration that is wearingly dull.

Is it purely the low-budget constraints felt by publishers of 'christian' titles that causes them to hire voice talent that cannot bring any interest to their products? I just don't get it. I've heard some amazing readers on Audible in my short tenure as a member. I'm beginning to believe that there are no titles in the 'christian' or 'sacred' genre with narrators that are as adroit and captivating in their interpretations of these as so many of the narrators of secular selections are. Hey Audible, see what you can do to help this okay?

I'm sure that somewhere in the fine print of the Audible user agreement that I "yes-clicked' to join there is some language quitclaiming any responsibility for injuries incurred as a result of falling asleep while driving and listening to boring narration. If not... better tighten up Audible legal department! ZZZZzzzzz...
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- Kevin

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Would you consider the audio edition of Transformational Church to be better than the print version?

I think the other reviews are way too harsh on the reader. It's not like we can't hear 5 minutes of the audio before purchasing. I am enjoying the book at 1.25 speed and sometimes 1.5 speed-


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- b brian harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2010
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com