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Church Growth

It’s no surprise that American evangelical congregations are concerned about size; after all, we live in a society where bigger is better when it comes to organizational success. But as Christianity Today has reported in the past, church growth is more than the number of bodies sitting in the pews. Below we’ve gathered articles that report on how churches have been fulfilling the Great Commission, both in expanding their numbers and in creating communities that promote healthy spiritual growth.

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  • Religion in China: Cracks in the atheist edifice | The Economist
    Increasingly, the party needs the help of religious believers. It is struggling to supply social services efficiently; Christian and Buddhist groups are willing, and able, to help. Since about 2003, religious groups in Hong Kong have received requests from mainland government officials to help set up NG O s and charities. In an age of hedonism and corruption, selfless activism has helped the churches’ reputation; not least, it has persuaded the regime that Christians are not out to overthrow it. For the Catholic church, though, the situation is trickier: allegiance to Rome is still seen by some officials as a sign of treachery.
  • Lutheran Church of Hope: Fastest-growing church of its kind adds urban mission
    Hope has doubled its congregation size three times over while the national Evangelical Lutheran denomination dropped its size by 24 percent within the last two decades. (Des Moines Register)

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