Donald McGavran’s pioneering contribution to understanding the growth of churches and Christian movements drew from field research in growing churches and Christian movements, in addition to scripture and history. While field research included analysis from observation and the church or movement’s history and statistics, interview research produced the lion’s share of new insights. This article reports some of what has been learned about field interviewing—who to interview, the kinds of questions to plan to ask, the importance of follow up questions, and how to ask questions, manage the interview process, record insights, and reflect on the insights to inform future growth.
Hunter, G. G. (2017). Learn Why Some Churches Are Growing. Great Commission Research Journal, 9(1), 6-19. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol9/iss1/2