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.
Community Is Their Middle Name
As Willow Creek Community Church turns 25, it is bigger than ever, drawing 17,000 a weekend. But what really makes Willow tick is what comes after the seeker services.
Go and Plant Churches of All Peoples
Crusades and personal witnessing are no longer the cutting edge of evangelism.
Learning to Count to One
New math for those addicted to getting higher and higher in their churches.
- US Slavic Churches Booming with Ukrainian War RefugeesOne generation of Soviet refugees is welcoming another.
- Southern Baptists Lost Nearly Half a Million Members Last YearYet baptism and attendance numbers continue to recover from pandemic declines.
- Why My Church Partners With ‘He Gets Us’As a Black pastor, I appreciate how the diverse campaign helps my congregation reach our neighbors.
- Bhutanese Nepali Refugees Turn Their Trials into Zeal for EvangelismThousands found Jesus while displaced, which prepared them to plant churches and settle in a new land.
- Tim Keller and Beth Moore, On and Off the StageBoth leaders have huge followings. But how well do we really know them?
- Hispanic Leaders Don’t Want to Miss This Missional MomentThe Latino population boom has resulted in more passionate, growing churches in the US. Can pastors keep building on the momentum?español
- Celebrating Revival in a Cynical AgeThe Asbury revival reminds us that God works in ways we cannot control.PortuguêsIndonesian
- TGC’s Keller Center Is for Apologists Without All the AnswersExecutive director Collin Hansen: In a post-Christian context, the church is challenged to collaborate—and humbly pray—for new strategies in its witness.
- With Gossip of the Gospel, the Church Grows in NepalConversions credited to women evangelists sharing the good news one-on-one in conversations.
- Against the Lenten FrenzyFew questions haunt pastors as much as: “What makes a worship gathering successful?”FrançaisIndonesian