Why aren’t some churches growing? Maybe it is because they are not in touch with their church purpose. But, you might say, we have a church purpose statement. Perhaps we need to take a step back and ask a couple of important questions: . . .
If the greatest purpose we could ever have is tied into the Greatest Commandments according to Jesus, then we should want to grow so . . .
Our church purpose answers the question of “why” we should want to grow. Here we turn our attention to “how” we will grow which ties into the practice of Body Life. Ephesians 4:16 provides God’s blueprint for growth — “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” — Suffice it to say that everybody has a part when it comes to church growth. . . .
Any discussion on Church Growth has to look at the Great Commission. — Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt. 28:19-20)
Observations about Church Growth in the Great Commission: . . .
Sometimes in a quest for church growth, churches will go to great extents to become like the people they want to reach in an attempt to attract people. But, to some . . .
Worship becomes like going to . . .
Let’s face it: We live in a fallen world where people make bad choices. We all sin. You might have experienced how speaking out against immoral, sinful behavior pegs you as intolerant in today’s world. To combat this reputation, some churches swing the pendulum in the opposite direction, covering over sin as though it doesn’t matter. How, they might reason, are they going to grow their church if they don’t accept people as they are? Grace attracts people. . . .