Church Growth

Church Growth
11 Types of Healthy Churches That Often Stay Small
No church should settle or stay stuck. But not every healthy church gets bigger.
11 Types of Healthy Churches That Often Stay Small

“If a church stays small, they must be doing something wrong. It can’t possibly be healthy.”

This has been an underlying assumption of many in the church growth movement. (Although it’s usually more subtly stated than that.) But, as with any assumption, ...

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Church Growth
I Don’t Want My Church to Be Small. But It Is. Now What?
In our push for church growth, let's not forget the importance of church health.
I Don’t Want My Church to Be Small. But It Is. Now What?

I don’t want my church to be small. It just is.

I want my church to grow numerically. But it’s not.

I follow all the how-to lists to get it to grow. But they don’t work.

I’m told to pray more. So I do.

Plan better. So I do.

Work harder. So now I’m burnt ...

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Church Growth , Read These First – The Essentials
9 No-Fault, No-Excuse Reasons Many Healthy Churches Stay Small
There's no reason to believe that a healthy small church is making more mistakes than a healthy big church.
9 No-Fault, No-Excuse Reasons Many Healthy Churches Stay Small

"What am I doing wrong?!"

How many small church pastors constantly torture themselves with that question?

And it doesn't help that someone's always writing another list to tell us about the mistakes and sins we must be committing that are keeping our church from ...

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Church Growth , Read These First – The Essentials
The Myth of Inevitable Congregational Growth
Many churches don't grow beyond a certain size no matter how healthy they become
The Myth of Inevitable Congregational Growth
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A healthy church does not inevitably mean a numerically growing congregation.

I used to believe that it did.

After all, I've read about the "truth" of inevitable congregational growth in every church leadership book written in the last 30 years. I even taught it ...

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Church Growth
When Church Growth Numbers Blind Us to Deeper Truths
Increasing numbers can cause us to make two equal, but opposite mistakes about church growth and health.
When Church Growth Numbers Blind Us to Deeper Truths
Image: Keirsten Marie | Flickr

Numbers are a great way for church leaders to gain objective information. They can help us quantify data, spot patterns and trends, and face harsh realities.

But information is not the same as truth.

Numbers can give us facts, but they can't give us truth. Yet, ironically, ...

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