Church Growth

Church Growth
Why I've Stopped Saying ‘Church Growth’ – And What I Say Instead
The words Church Growth are packed with so much emotional baggage that they’ve become virtually useless in my context.

I’m a huge supporter and promoter of growing churches.

How can I not be? Jesus said he’d build his church, and I always want to be on Jesus’ side.

But I’ve stopped using the term Church Growth when I talk about it.

I never tell our church staff, volunteers ...

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Church Growth
A Big Church? Or a Healthy Church? What If You Had to Choose?
Usually, a choice for church health is also a choice for church growth. But not always. Sometimes it's one or the other.
A Big Church? Or a Healthy Church? What If You Had to Choose?
Wonderlane | Flickr

I hate either/or choices. I like both/and.

But life doesn’t always give us that.

Take church growth and health, for instance.

Usually, a choice for church health is also a choice for church growth. But not always. Sometimes it's one or the other. Especially in a smaller ...

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Church Growth
We Followed the Steps – Where’s the Church Growth?
There are no guaranteed steps to church growth. Because the church is people. And people don’t come with guarantees.
We Followed the Steps – Where’s the Church Growth?
Janayna Velozo | Flickr

I read another one of those church growth blog posts recently. You know the ones. A list of steps your church can take to break through whatever growth barrier you’re facing.

It was a very good list. Every one of the principles was about church health. In fact, as I read ...

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Are You Pushing Pastors to Build Bigger Churches? Please Catch Us When We Fall
Many pastors feel pushed to grow, but they don’t feel like they get the help they need from church leaders when that growth fails to materialize.
Are You Pushing Pastors to Build Bigger Churches? Please Catch Us When We Fall
Boss Tweed | Flickr

The push to build bigger churches continues full steam ahead.

I regularly get cries for help from small church pastors because of the damage this push is causing.

Today I’m posting two of them.

Because of the personal nature of these messages, I’ve left the names off. ...

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Perry Noble, NewSpring Church and Our Obsession with Numbers
Our numbers obsession continues to leave victims in its wake. Now Perry Noble and the tens of thousands of members of NewSpring church are on the list of walking wounded.
Perry Noble, NewSpring Church and Our Obsession with Numbers
Image from PerryNoble.com

I don’t want to pile on. Honest I don’t. So I pray this post doesn’t come across that way.

I was sad when I read the news about Perry Noble being asked to step down from NewSpring church this past weekend. I still am. (If you haven’t heard about it, catch ...

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Grow It or Close It? Is there a Third Option for Struggling Small Churches?
We need to assemble and promote the best ideas we can find to help struggling small churches become healthy small churches.
Grow It or Close It? Is there a Third Option for Struggling Small Churches?
David Amsler | Flickr

What are we going to do about all those struggling small churches?

That question has been the subject of endless hand-wringing in the last several decades. A lot of time and money has been invested in conversations, books, seminars and classes attempting to fix this problem.

Struggling ...

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Never Apologize for Church Growth
Church growth should always be a part of every pastor’s prayers, passion and strategy. Especially when it’s kingdom growth.
Never Apologize for Church Growth
Dave Keeshan | Flickr

In case you were wondering, church growth is a good thing.

Because of The Grasshopper Myth and this blog, I’ve had so many conversations that range from fantastic to heartbreaking in the last few years. I’ve met and heard stories from hundreds of small church pastors ...

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Why Didn’t the Disciples Ask Jesus How to Measure Success?
Would Jesus have responded to the question “how will we measure success” with anything less than a face-palm?
Why Didn’t the Disciples Ask Jesus How to Measure Success?
Sean MacEntee | Flickr

“If it’s okay for a church to be small, how do you suggest we measure a church’s success?”

Since I’ve begin ministering to small churches, I’ve been asked that question more than any other. Maybe more than all other questions combined

At first ...

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7 Times When Church Growth Isn’t Worth the Cost
There is no cost too high to pay for the salvation of souls. But there is a cost too high to pay for bigger churches.
7 Times When Church Growth Isn’t Worth the Cost
Tim Samoff | Flickr

Church growth is an essential element in the Great Commission. But bigger churches are not.

This is not an anti-big-church rant. I love big churches. They're great. They're like padded seats, air conditioning and microphones. They can all be valuable tools, but they’re ...

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How to Grow a Big Unhealthy Church (Or a Healthy One of Any Size)
Churches stay unhealthy when we drive for greater numbers at the expense of greater health. Whatever size they may be.
How to Grow a Big Unhealthy Church (Or a Healthy One of Any Size)
Rosmarie Voegtli | Flickr

Jesus never told us to make bigger churches.

He told us to make disciples.

When disciples and disciple-makers get together, they create healthy churches.

But sometimes we put more energy into making churches bigger than making churches healthier. Usually because of an agenda that ...

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