Seven Practices to be an Architect and Not An Arsonist
This is not a church growth book. It’s a guide to renovating your church and bringing it to its full potential. As a pastor who revitalized a church with nearly 100 years of history and a consultant that has coached over 300 pastors through relaunching their churches, Dr. Jones will provide you with the tools you need to light a fire under your church without burning it down.
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Dr. Troy Jones has an easy-to-read style that engages leaders of every-sized church. He is practical, passionate, and focused. You’ll find yourself energized as you read this book. Even before he wrote it, I had firsthand experience with these principles through Troy’s coaching.
They made a HUGE difference in growth and outreach at my church. And now in my current leadership role with my denomination, I’ve continued to capitalize on the ‘MCI principle.’ I am grateful for Troy’s influence in my life and know you will be too.”
DR. DONALD E. ROSS
Network Leader, Northwest Ministry
Author of Turnaround Pastor
“Yes! I’ve been waiting for this book. For twenty-five years, I’ve watched Troy love Jesus, invest in pastors, and strengthen the local church. It isn’t just Troy’s teachings—it’s his life.
If you’re looking for a practical way to unite your church around the heart of God and ignite mission, I say—read this book and watch what happens.”
Lead Pastor, newlife.tv
“As his predecessor at New Life Church, I’ve known Troy since 1989, first up-close as my youth pastor and now at a distance from North Carolina. His ability to think through, and then lead, change is extraordinary.
In his latest book, Troy was able to combine two of his loves—remodeling homes and helping churches. His seven practices can help all of us take the steps to lead our church to the next level. Because he’s a practitioner, he breaks down the ‘mystery in the methods’ to Ignite Your Church. Not only does he lead New Life Church and all its campuses, he is actively involved in coaching hundreds of others.
Because of his vast experience, Troy’s book gives not just the how-to but also the why, making it adaptable to every situation. I highly recommend this book to every lead pastor, superintendent, bishop, and overseer.”
Assemblies of God Superintendent, North Carolina
“Dr. Troy Jones’s church leadership acumen is on full display in this book. The principles outlined have the potential to transform the trajectory of your church. It’s a game changer! For every pastor interested in taking your church to the next dimension, this book is a must read. Because of Dr. Jones, I have a step-by-step guide for recalibrating the church that I serve, with 100% confidence of a transformative outcome. Thank you, Pastor Jones, for being such a valuable gift the body of Christ.”
BISHOP REGGIE C. WITHERSPOON SR., D.D.
Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary Christian Center Church of God in Christ
Jurisdictional Prelate, Washington Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
“Dr. Jones offers practical, applicable, principle-based help for the church. His perspective is refreshing as it is offered not from theory, but rather from a true leadership practitioner of church health.”
REV. BRET L. ALLEN
Assemblies of God District Superintendent,
Northern California & Nevada District
“This book can transform your church’s future and, ultimately, shape heaven.
My wife and I called New Life Church our home for sixteen years and we’ve had a front-row seat watching the content of this book applied with incredible outcomes. Troy both teaches and lives out these insightful, yet simple, principles. If you’re stuck, drifting, considering church multiplication, or know your church can have a greater gospel influence, I highly recommend this book to you.”
DR. JEFFERY PORTMANN
Church Multiplication Network Director, Assemblies of God, USA
“Dr. Troy Jones is a voice for the local church, not only regionally but globally! His writings and leadership have been an ongoing source of encouragement for me and my staff. It’s been said we need information to create inspiration that culminates in transformation.
In his new work, Pastor Troy will take you through all three of these salient steps. Your organization will greatly benefit as you dive into Ignite Your Church. Within the first few pages, you’ll realize you have a ‘winner’ on your hands! I wholeheartedly encourage you to put this book into play with your staff and leaders. Whether you’re a senior leader or a staff member, your ingenuity will be greatly ignited. After all, you want to be an architect, not an arsonist! Give yourself some helpful tools to build the church you’d want to attend!”