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Dr. John N. Vaughan

Senior Pastor

Bethel Assembly

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Bethel Assembly

Background Information

Employment History

Hard Times

XPastor LLC

America's Small Group Research Center ... Since 1985

Baker Books

Director of the Church Growth Center

Southwest Baptist University


Church Growth Today

International MegaChurch Research Center

Center for the Study of Growing Churches


First Baptist Church

President and Founding Editor
American Society for Church Growth

Board Member
Hurston Ministries


Master of Arts degree



Practical Theology

doctor of ministry degree

Fuller Theological Seminary

master of divinity degree

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Web References (190 Total References)

Converting Churches - from Tampa Bay Online [cached]

Association churches and others like them are successful because they're flexible and open to change, said national church expert John Vaughan.

"They accept they're going into uncharted territory.They let the pastors make mistakes," said Vaughan, director and founder of the Missouri- based Church Growth Today."They have a greater tolerance for disruption in the fellowship.Opening your doors to visitors means you may have to give up your favorite seat or not get a good parking spot."
That willingness makes for a more friendly church, one that is committed to winning new souls for Christ, even if it means some personal sacrifice, Vaughan said.
What about a church that fills its pews and declares it no longer needs to add to its fold?
"It's the kiss of death for any church to say it's big enough," Vaughan said."A church that coasts and becomes stale in its vision will have a hard time surviving."
Peter Vaughan (no relation to John Vaughan), 40, senior pastor at Bethel Assembly of God in Tampa, can attest to the wonders of changing attitude and style.
The gamble has paid off: Vaughan said membership has climbed every year since his arrival six years ago and now stands at 400 to 500.
"It's not just about increasing our numbers," he said.

Family Community Church - Pastor Bill Buchholz [cached]

Pastor Bill and FCC were also recognized in 2004 and 2005 by Dr. John Vaughan of Church Growth Today as being one of the 100 fastest growing congregations in the U.S.

Today, there are more than 500, ... [cached]

Today, there are more than 500, with a new one added somewhere in the country every two to three weeks, estimates Vaughan."[3] An article in The Arizona Republic asserts that "California leads both rankings, with 101 megachurches attended weekly by 364,612 people.

John Vaughan directs the Church Growth and World Missions Center, and is editor for the North American Society for Church Growth. He notes the existence in history of large churches of twenty thousand or more in several cities at the time of Constantine.[10] Spurgeon's London's Metropolitan Tabernacle sat six thousand.[11] In another work, Vaughn says that "Large churches are part of our history.
[10] John N. Vaughan, The Large Church: A Twentieth-Century Expression of the First-Century Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985), 42.
[12] John N. Vaughan, Megachurches & America's Cities: How Churches Grow, 143 vols. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, A Division of Baker Book House Co., 1993), 40.[13] William Lobdell, Religion/Exploring Issues, Answers and Beliefs in the Shadow of the Giants, with the Success of the Megachurch, Some Small Congregations Feel Pressure to Measure Success by the Numbers.
But Others Emphasize Participation and Intimacy as Marks of Healthy Community. [Archived on-line by the Dow Jones Publications Library] (Los Angeles Times, 28 April 2001, accessed 12 June 2003); available from[14] Stefan Ulstein, Pastors Off the Record: Straight Talk About Life in the Ministry (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993), 43.[15] Ibid., 43-5.[16] Clancy, (accessed).[17] Vaughan, The Large Church: A Twentieth-Century Expression of the First-Century Church, 24-5.[18] Lyle E. Schaller, The Decision Makers: How to Improve the Quality of Decision-Making in the Churches (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1974), 109.[19] Carl F. George and Warren Bird, The Coming Church Revolution: Empowering Leaders for the Future (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, a Division of Baker Book House, 1994), 118.
[20] Vaughan, Megachurches & America's Cities: How Churches Grow, 103.[21] Dave Travis, Church Champions Update: Issue 41, November 19, Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor [Archived on-line] (Leadership Network, 1999, accessed 3 July 2003); available from

Syracuse International Christian Church » A member of the SOLDOUT Discipling Movement » Revolution through Restoration – PART 1 [cached]

All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another" (John 13:34,35).] Early on I developed a series consisting of nine Bible studies on the "first principles" (Hebrews 6:1-3).

Out of these convictions from the Scriptures came one of the crucial characteristics unique to our movement-a true church is composed only of disciples (Luke 9:23; John 4:1; Acts 2:41,42).
Dr. John Vaughn, editor of Church Growth Today and Director of the International MegaChurch Research Center, recently wrote in a statement to us, "The Boston Church of Christ, as an evangelism/discipleship and church planting movement, represents one of the most aggressive and rapidly growing worldwide movements of this decade.

Bill and FCC were also ... [cached]

Bill and FCC were also recognized in 2004 and 2005 by Dr. John Vaughan of Church Growth Today as being one of the 100 fastest growing congregations in the U.S.

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