Getting churches ready for growth is an important step in preparation for the upcoming harvest of souls. Growing a church takes vision, thought and strategy. Successful churches are those that follow a God-given vision and map out steps to achieve that vision. The beauty of the body of Christ is that God uses everyone in a slightly different way and those unique qualities that each church has is what God uses to create a beautiful tapestry in the church world.
Church growth is not about competing with the ministry down the street but more about how the people God has planted in the local church are disciplined and used by God with their unique gifts. I believe people are called to churches for a specific purpose. We are all on a journey and the church helps us develop as Christians and supports our unique calling.In his book, Purpose Driven Church, Rick Warren says “….since the church is a living organism, it is natural for it to grow if it is healthy…If a church is not growing it is dying...” This can be a scary concept for a small local church.
With growth comes many challenges but the exciting thing is that with God ALL things are possible and He gives wisdom freely!I have a theory that some churches fail to grow – thrive – because the leadership gets comfortable with the way things are and doesn’t do anything to change the status quo. This may be ok – but it may not be. Could it be that there are people who could benefit from a particular church body that is stagnant?