The Gospel-Driven Church

The Gospel-Driven Church


What is a Successful Church?

For decades, the answer to that question has been measured in attendance numbers and offering dollars. Yet many churches— even those that are successful by these standards—are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with this paradigm. Thriving, grace-focused churches are driven by a commitment to the gospel. The Gospel-Driven Church shifts the focus to the metrics of grace, showing you how to measure the success of a church by a much different, much more important standard.


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Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, managing editor of For the Church (, and director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is an award-winning author of more than ten books and speaks at churches and conferences around the world.

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In The Gospel-Driven Church, my friend Jared Wilson encourages us to consider the full weight of the gospel as the driver of the local church rather than metrics that can be helpful but don’t tell the whole story. By changing the driver to the gospel we are able to change the movement from “come and see” to “go and tell. This book should soothe weary leaders’ bones and free them to point freely and passionately to the beauty of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
— Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX and President of the Acts29 Network
The Gospel-Driven Church serves as a sobering reminder that a growing attendance does not necessarily mean a growing number of disciples of Jesus. In this book, Jared gives an honest assessment of the modern church and a solid argument for why we need to adjust our idea of how to measure a healthy church. Pastors would greatly benefit from using this tool to make sure their church is moving in the right direction.
— Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, TN and Founder of Replicate Ministries
Jared’s understanding of church history, theology, and pastoral ministry are combined with his passion for the gospel and the local church in this helpful and insightful book. While there continues to be a desire to “change the scorecard,” Jared paints a picture of what that looks like for ministry leaders. A must read for those in ministry leadership.
— Eric Geiger, Senior Pastor of Mariners Church, Irvine, CA
With humor, wisdom and an easy, but challenging writing style, Jared Wilson has offered a much-needed wake up call to the American Church. Whether you’re a church planter, a pastor or simply a Christian who desires to see your church become as healthy as possible, The Gospel-Driven Church serves as a road map to help shake off the shackles of “cultural relevance” and transform our churches into what God has always intended them to be.
— Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching at The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX
Jared Wilson contends that many churches remain unconsciously in the grip of the attractional worldview. Freedom comes by fearless inventory and swapping out the metrics by which we measure success. As one expects, Wilson is clear, winsome, and pulls no punches. Church leader, if you are looking to understand how God evaluates your hard work and whether it will produce lasting fruit, buy this book!
— Dave Harvey, President of Sojourn Network, Teaching Pastor at Summit Church, Fort Myers, FL, Founder of
Jared has put into words what so many of us have felt in our guts. This book is the magna carta for gospel-centered change.
— Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
After twenty-five years of church ministry as a gospel loving evangelical, I found The Gospel-Driven Church personally timely, challenging, and stimulating. The Gospel-Driven Church is a call to the entertainment-addicted, consumeristic church culture of the West to abandon its growth fetish and re-center on the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
— Steve Jeffrey, Senior Ministe at St. Paul’s Church, Sydney, Australia
It’s not enough to embrace the gospel. Our churches need to be shaped by the gospel. If you want to understand how to make this transition, you will love this book. I’m grateful for Jared’s theological and pastoral wisdom. I wish I could have read this book twenty years ago.
— Darryl Dash, Pastor of Liberty Grace Church, Toronto, Canda, Author of How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to ALL of Life
Jared’s Prodigal Church helped us see the problem of pragmatism in the attractional church. “If it works, then work it” doesn’t work anymore (if it ever did!). Multiplying noses and nickels doesn’t equal faithfulness or fruitfulness. Now he offers some practical solutions to “put the gospel in the driver’s seat.” If you’re convinced that the church needs more gospel and less gimmickry. If you want less Christian “do’s” and more of Christ’s “done” in your preaching. If you want the gospel to be more than a tagline at the end of message and more of an ecosystem at the center of church life, then The Gospel-Driven Church will help you get there.
— Chris Lewis, Lead Pastor of Foothill Church, Glendora, CA