Before I go much further into church growth, I should show you the respect of answering this simple question: How do you know this?
I could tell you that I have been in church leadership for about 25 years, that I’m ordained as a minister and as a Bible College Professor and have the experience you might expect upon hearing this. While the foregoing is true, the answer I would prefer to give, which is also true, is that I have been in the front lines of turning a church around that had basically been written off as dead; and turn it around we did! Of course, I also need to point out that the Holy Spirit had a little something to do with it also. I can also tell you truthfully that I have undertaken quite a bit of study and research on the subject and I have discovered a number of very interesting facts that I will be sharing with anyone who cares to read it, right here in this series of posts… at no extra charge I might add…
The truth is, none of this is rocket science. I will tell you how you can do your own research and you will see what I am talking about. As we go, I will also share with you exactly how we turned our church around, what we tried and what worked and what didn’t work… and why. I will also share with you some applied theology to show where our priorities must lie if we are going to change lives for Jesus Christ in a real and practical way. Finally, I will share all of this with you in a direct and simple way that will be very easy for anybody to understand. I may at times be rather blunt, but better the point is made than having it hard to follow because it’s buried in too much “nice-nice.”
Fair enough? OK, let’s clear the decks and get into it in tomorrow’s thrill-packed post!