Wisdom from “Growing an Engaged Church”

Albert Winseman, of the Gallup organization, wrote an amazing, must read book for all church leaders, Growing and Engaged Church: How to Stop “Doing Church” and How to Start Being the Church Again. This book is not only based on experience, but is based on Gallup research, which is very respected throughout the world. In this paradigm shifting book, Winseman wrote the following “Faith Myths” that have changed the way I view leadership in the church and has challenged me to be a different type of minister.

Faith Myths:

Myth #1: Believing leads to belonging. The reality, according to Gallup analysis, is that belonging is far more likely to lead to believing.

Myth #2: An active member is a faithful member. Gallup research has discovered that activity that is not the result of engagement leads to burnout. Engaged members often don’t realize how much service they contribute to their congregations, because they don’t think of serving as a duty or responsibility; they most frequently describe it as a joy.

Myth #3: Personal faith leads to public action. Individuals who are highly spiritually committed do serve more, invite more, and give more than do individuals who have a low level of spiritual commitment. But Gallup research has revealed that the factor with the greatest influence on these outcomes is engagement. (pgs. 43-46)

How does understanding these faith myths make you shift the way you minister in the church? Please share your comments below.

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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