In the midst of decline among mainline denominational churches, why are some of those churches thriving? As pastor of one of those growing mainline churches, Rev. Pierson thinks he knows why. The growing church is unashamedly enterprising, bible-believing, and embraces the charismatic and experiential. But, above all, growing churches are effectively reaching out to meet the real needs of people around them. Here is the road map for needs-based thinking and organizing for your church. Robert D. Pierson is the pastor Christ United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK.