An estimated 4,000 churches are planted every year. An estimated 3,700 churches close every year. It’s not easy starting or sustaining a vital Christian witness of any kind. It’s even harder when there’s no structure to support the good work you’re doing. Guardrails offers structure to your good impulse to follow the great commission to go and make disciples right where you are.

Guardrails provides six principles that allow for sustainable growth in a church’s mission, for the health of God’s people and the sake of the world.


In Alan Briggs new book Guardrails, he brings real world church growth and health to the forefront of church ministry. His six principles outlined are:

  1. Simple
  2. Holistic
  3. Adaptable
  4. Regular
  5. Reproducible
  6. Positive

Seem simple and almost a no brainer on the surface. The way Alan unpacks these six principles is what sets him apart. Using a solid goal and guardrails to keep you focused. He uses his experiences as a church planter to give examples of both challenges and victories along the way.

If you feel that you are being lead to church plant, disciple people, or are looking for fresh eyes on an old church problem I would give this book a read. But more importantly I would apply those concepts. This book was a great read.


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631464353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631464355

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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