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Think Bigger: Why “How Do I Get Our Church To Grow?” Is The Wrong Question
I’m grateful for the church growth movement. But I want more.

Jesus never called us to build bigger churches. He called us to create opportunities for people to meet the risen Christ, grow in his grace and share the overflow of that with others.

For many people, that’s done best in a numerically-growing congregation. For others, it’s done best in a smaller, more intimate environment. And for some, that may be done best in ways we haven’t even discovered yet. And we never will discover what those fresh new ideas will be if we don’t ask questions that are big enough to encompass answers we aren’t anticipating.

God’s Limitless Vision

I’m grateful for the church growth movement, for the principles it has helped us discover and the kingdom growth it has promoted.

But I want more.

An outpouring of God’s grace can’t be contained in a church building, no matter how big that building is. It can’t be limited by our ideas of what church growth should look like. And it certainly won’t be stopped by vision-killers who want their church to be small, comfortable and business-as-usual.

An outpouring of God’s grace can’t be contained in a church building, no matter how big that building is.

No one has a monopoly on God’s limitless vision for his church. Not small church folks or church growth proponents.

Only God himself knows what he is capable of doing with, among, for and through us if we’re ready to receive it.

Let’s prepare ourselves for whatever he has in store.

That starts by asking bigger questions.

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October 03, 2018 at 11:37 PM

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