I have had the privilege of knowing Allen Ratta for over 20 years. Allen is a creative genius when it comes to understanding the principles and systems of how God's Kingdom is meant to thrive in the 21st century. His insights on "what really motivates lasting change" and the systems needed to support that change, gives the needed tools to any leader who is serious about being a change agent in their Church, Ministry or organization.
Our congregation's understanding of true discipleship was enhanced through the teaching and resources provided by Allen's company, SpiritualProgress.com. Our 12 Campuses were equipped with the necessary systems to accomplish and manage growth through hosting an Optimized Church Seminar that Allen conducted. I am convinced that every Church and Ministry will be challenged to rise to levels of growth and maturity as you take advantage of the insights that SpiritualProgess.com has to offer.
Pastor Covina AG and Executive Presbyter
Finally! Someone has brought together the diverse church growth elements of spiritual dynamic, biblical foundations, passion for the lost, discipling of new Christians, technological tools, and functional processes. The Optimized Church by Allen Ratta left me asking, "Where was this book when I was pastoring?"
But if you think this book is only about processes, you will have missed the emphasis on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. At the beginning and the end, the author reminds us that all our efforts must have the leadership of the Holy Spirit if we are going to reach those who need Christ. This book should be in the hands of both pastors and people!"
Warren D. Bullock
Executive Presbyter, Northwest Region, General Council of the Former Superintendent - Northwest Ministry Network
"I love processes, but my friend Allen takes processes to a whole new level. His heart and passion to grow the church both deep and wide with a goal for overall church health is why I love his writing and ministry. This book is a much-needed resource for church leaders and I wholeheartedly recommend it."
Author, Pastor, Consultant and Editor of Christian Media Magazine
"Some people view "systems" adversarial to accomplishing tasks. Others see those same "systems" as the catalyst for getting the highest levels of productivity from those same tasks. Allen Ratta is one of those "systems" guys, whose thoughts and ideas stem from believing that the best work, the clearest path forward, is to embrace effective "processes." And, his most recent book, "The Optimized Church: Mastering the Key Processes for Church Health," is a compelling articulation of how the Church of Jesus Christ is able to "pay it forward" by developing and implementing healthy processes in the world's most dynamic organization/organism -- the Church of the Living God!"
General Presbyter Southwest Region AG, Former Superintendent - SoCal Ministry Network
My long-time friend, Allen Ratta, speaks clearly from his years of ministry experience in being a "process" person who offers a wealth of vital insights for pastoral leaders. His carefully crafted "Process Map" details an integrated approach to reach widely and deeply in growing persons for a healthy church. A key value is the way he skillfully articulates how processes work for us in bridging God's grand purposes with the practical week-to-week and day-to-day ministry functions of a church - lest we keep reinventing the wheel to make things happen. This volume along with his previous book, Making Spiritual Progress, brings an arsenal of creative perspectives for today's church leaders!
Superintendent SoCal Network Assemblies of God
"Clarity and Opportunity! This is the gift Allen Ratta brings as he crafts the message of The Optimized Church to open the mind and heart of church leaders like a shepherd carefully tending a flock. Allen creates a welcoming path forward for pastors to explore how to shape biblically grounded life renewing discovery. What is amazing about Allen's tightly woven message is his energizing, hope-filled way of giving powerful guidance accompanied with a nurturing nudge that says...'Go, explore further...let The Spirit awaken you to your discoveries of optimizing the 21st century church."
Author and Founder, Passkeys Foundation & The Ethical Edge
Allen Ratta is not merely a writer or observer about the church, he is a practitioner. His experience as a pastor as well as an astute observer of church life and church growth are interwoven in this book. If you need help in putting in place systems that are both logical yet spiritual, this book should be read and applied to your given situation. A healthy church is one that understands the elements outline in this book and then finds ways to apply them to the unique situation and community culture that surrounds every church. These principles fit every given situation. Pastors, read this then have your staff read this and then have your boards read this. It will be a blueprint to greater effectiveness!
Superintendent NorCalNev Network Assemblies of God