About The Church Growth Institute

The Church Growth Institute was founded by Dr. David Stein to help churches grow by carrying out the Great Commission of Mt 28:18-20 which Jesus Christ gave to his church and to those who would follow in his steps— his disciples. This mission continues the work of Donald McGavran and serves in the tradition of C. Peter Wagner, Win Arn and Gary McIntosh. Church Growth Consulting is the centerpiece of our services, yet this website also contains related resources, information, and links which may be of interest from time to time.

In addition to growing the numbers of your congregation, it is equally important that your church receives guidance by leadership that is engaged, authentic and sustainable.  At the Church Growth Institute, our work speaks to the size of your congregation as well as the quality of its ministry.  We work with church leaders, their staff and other ministry leadership to cultivate a strongly moral leadership that is invested in pastoral longevity.  These principles, when combined with our church growth consulting services, develop your church into one that can rely on pastors and staff who truly connect with God’s message and are inspired to share that connection with others.

Dr. Stein studied forty years of church growth characteristics in his doctorate dissertation which has given him a deep understanding of what makes churches thrive. In his case studies, he has identified the challenges that modern-day churches face and developed a plan to overcome them. The Church Growth Institute works with ministry leaders to understand their vision, values, and goals. We are attuned to every facet of what successful church growth and leadership means, from the logistics of growth to the values of leadership. 

To see how CGI can help your church become stronger, larger, more sustainable and truly resilient, email us at growthdoctor@thechurchgrowthinstitute.com.

Our Consultants



Dr. David Stein, Growth Strategist
Dr. Danny Daniels, Growth Strategist
Pastor Camelia Joseph, Growth Strategist

Dr. David Stein, Growth Strategist

Dr. David Stein holds a Doctor of Ministry in Church Growth from Biola University's Talbot School of Theology where, in his dissertation, he studied key factors that help churches thrive. Dr. Stein is an ordained minister in the International Association of Ministries and a member of the Society of Church Consultants. As president and founder of The Church Growth Institute, he provides leadership in church planting and helping churches of all sizes understand and implement the proven processes needed to grow and thrive.

His mission is to see churches across the United States flourish and grow in their ministries by providing them with a process and implementation plan that will help them achieve their distinctive purpose. His vast experience in visiting and evaluating the spiritual vitality of churches of all sizes and denominations provides valuable insight toward continued growth and fellowship. He has experience coaching and consulting ministry leaders who are new to their church or established pastors. He can recognize the signs and revitalize the patterns of a declining membership or the challenges of a ministry merger. From churches large and small, to urban and rural, Dr. Stein’s insight will help the leadership team and members of the congregation work together toward their goals of a healthy, engaged membership. He is well versed on what’s needed for successful church planting at all levels.

Dr. Stein is also an active church musician where he seeks to bring together the strategic importance of quality worship and music as a core church growth factor. He has served in local church ministry where he put into practice his core training from his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary St. Paul (now Bethel University) and a double major Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies and Bible from Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern). Additionally, he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Fuller Seminary. His doctorate, books and articles further serve to benefit the Christian community with ideas and practical tips on how to renew and refresh the heartfelt enthusiasm in a healthy church community.

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Dr. Danny Daniels, Growth Strategist

As a worldwide ambassador for church health and evangelism, Dr. Danny Daniels has been a positive influence in the turn-around of many churches globally. He is founder and president of the International Network for Church Health and Evangelism (INCHE).

Dr. Daniels has spoken in church growth conferences all over the world. He also taught evangelism, church growth and leadership courses at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary CLD in Las Vegas, and served as pastor of a church in Las Vegas, Nevada which benefited from his turn-around coaching. As a veteran pastor, he is considered an experienced practitioner of "turn-around churches" and coaching.

Dr. Daniels is the author of three books and served as a speaker on the Billy Graham crusade team. 

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Pastor Camelia Joseph, Growth Strategist

Pastor Camelia Joseph is a strategist and change agent helping churches clarify their vision and discern God’s unique call and purpose for their ministry. Camelia’s diverse experience as a lay leader gives her an exceptional understanding of the needs of the laity and the church. Since 1994, her experience as an ordained minister has provided her with the opportunity to lead a church of 10,000 and establish new ministries within the congregation. She is accomplished in purposefully leading churches of all sizes toward renewal, revitalization and growth.

Pastor Joseph holds a Masters from Fuller Theological Seminary, has studied church growth with Dr. Peter Wagner and leadership development with Dr. Robert Clinton of Fuller Seminary. She recently completed training with Dr. Aubrey Malphurs on the process of Advance Strategic Planning for Churches through the Society of Church Consulting, and completed the Becoming a Healthy Church training with Sr. Stephan Macchia.

With her 30 years of diverse ministry, Pastor Joseph has a deep understanding of church structure, operation, and struggles. She is spirit-led and seeks God’s guidance to customize work with each church to help them find fulfillment in their unique place in ministry. Her ministry is cross-cultural and serves a diverse clientele in both race and denomination. As a specialist in church renewal, revitalization and growth, Pastor Joseph has played a significant role in the training and coaching of ministry leaders in many states.

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