The Great Commission Research Journal is an academic journal devoted to research and scholarly thinking on church growth.
Published by Biola University's Cook School of Intercultural Studies, in cooperation with the Great Commission Research Network, the journal debuted in its current form in the latter half of 2009. It was previously published as the Journal of The American Society for Church Growth.
The purpose of the Great Commission Research Journal is to communicate recent thinking and research related to church growth, defined as follows:
"Church growth is that careful discipline which investigates the nature, the function, the health of Christian churches, as they relate to the effective implementation of the Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples of all peoples (Matthew 28:19-20). It is a spiritual conviction, yet it is practical, combining the eternal principles of God's Word with the practical insights of social and behavioral sciences."