11 comments on “So What is “Church Growth” Anyway?

  1. healthy sheep beget healthy sheep.
    aim to be the best fed flock around, gather around christ jesus in the meetings, and encourage the people of God to serve and exercise their Eph 4 and 1 cor 12 and 14 gifts primarily OUTSIDE the four walls of the meeting house. make sure not to promote the meetings as a ‘seminary’ bible college course of study, stay focussed on christ jesus and application of the word to daily christian walk… the MAJORITY of a believer’s study and growth in Bible understanding and knowledge should come from PERSONAL time spent at home, not dependant on a human teacher no matter how ‘gifted’ he is.
    a local body shouldn’t be larger than real honest and connected ‘thruought the week’ relationship between them are possible. just like on Facebook, you don’t REALLY have 2,478 friends, you can’t REALLY have close and REAL relationship with thousands… or even hundreds. otherwise you must break the body down to ‘small groups’ or ‘community groups’, which are really small churches within a church, that separate the body anyway… why not just plant several autonomous bodies?
    by autonomous, i MEAN autonomous… separate and not controlled by the ‘big church’ or the ‘main church’. why the control? why the need to ‘be over’? just grow, set small groups free to be independant as needed so they can grow and set small groups independant as needed… and ‘church growth happens’
    the biggest problem with churches when they talk about ‘what to do’ for church growth is that think they need to ‘do something’ for church growth rather than focus on BEING the Body of Christ God wants them to be and letting Jesus Build His Church (matt 16). since when have we wanted to control so much?
    It shouldn’t be rocket science. it’s ‘healthy sheep’ beget healthy sheep. smaller healthy churches beget other smaller healthy Autonomous and Free churches.

    just my 2cents
    -mike

    • Thanks for the 2 cents Mike!

      I can see that this is going to be a hoot! You might be surprised to discover that I agree with you about 90% We’ll see about the other 10!

      Don

    • Well Mike, you spoke first so I guess I agree with you! Remember when I told you a long time ago that there are a lot of things I don’t bother arguing about? Well, this is NOT one of them, it’s kind of a calling of mine. We’ll have some fun with this!

      Don

  2. Thanks Don for the post. A topic after my own heart. What you say resonates with me, except, :) “It is my view that a church cannot grow numerically until it’s leaders and congregation grow enough spiritually to do the things that cause church growth.” Sadly I have seen too many churches grow numerically because they have pandered to people but have not taken them on the ‘spiritual growth’ journey.

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  4. Great post! This is exactly in line with a planned post I am writing for our blog about “Church Growth … Guaranteed!” Thanks for the confirmation … And, love the blog!
    Blessings,
    Ted and Carol

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