Church Growth & the Great Commission

To get the greatest benefit from this practicum, make sure you have read related training on the site. Click below to read about The Great Commission:

Any discussion on Church Growth has to look at the Great Commission.

Great Commission to God & Make Disciples
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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:

1) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must realize that Jesus is the Source and Standard governing and driving church growth.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore … “

If you haven’t already read the following pages, please do so for added understanding.

Authority and the Great Commission
Authority Issues and the Great Commission

2) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must conclude that the emphasis is on going to where the people are, not bringing them in.

go and make disciples …

3) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must notice that the objective is to “make disciples.”

make disciples

4) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must take note of the sphere being “of all nations.”

make disciples of all nations

5) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must acknowledge that it is about making fully devoted followers of Jesus, not merely increasing your numbers.

baptizing them …

teaching them to obey everything …

6) If using the Great Commission as a church growth verse, one must recognize the true power Source of growing the Church.

Jesus said, “I am with you always.”

The Steering the Church Toward Discipleship Leadership Guide include some brief input on each of the above points about church growth and the Great Commission.

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