McGavran rightly credits Church Growth's modern origins to the mind and contributions of J. Waskom Pickett. The fact the Church Growth movement has now eclipsed Pickett's name raises some important questions: Who was Pickett? How did he come to do Church Growth research even before McGavran? And what are some of his contributions and insights?
Cook, D. L. (1990). The Church Growth Contributions of J. Waskom Pickett. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 1(1), 41-52. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol1/iss1/4