Which kind of churches do you think are on which side of this chart? Where do you think the Baptist are located on this chart? Individual denominations of the church do decrease from time to time. From to the Assemblies of God grew from 4. They were the largest denomination in 30 countries of the world. Willow Creek in Chicago was started in and grew to 9, by and to 12, in In Africa the ratio of Christians to non-Christians - 1. For each Christian that existed in , there were 29 Christians in For each non-Christian that existed in , there were 2.
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The ratio of changed was much greater for Christians than non-Christians. In Asia the ratio of Christians to non-Christians - 1. For each Christian that existed in , there were 8. People are interested in religious things: 1. Example of survey in America: a. Something in the local church has alienated these people i. There is an openness and interest the supernatural.
This is not always pointed in the direction of God, but the interest exists. How may we approach the topic of Church Growth? This leads to disaster. This is like taking medicine without diagnosis. Dynamic pastoral leadership 2. Members which are equipped to serve 3. A church that is big enough to meet expectations critical mass 4.
Healthy Infrastructure groups 5. Respect for Culture homogeneous units 6. Evangelistic methods that work make disciples and not just converts 7. Christian Schwarz list 8 Essential Qualities of healthy Churches 1. Empowering Leadership 2. Gift-oriented Ministry 3. Functional structures ministry development, organization that works 5. Inspiring worship service 6. Holistic small groups more than just Bible study 7. Need oriented evangelism 8. Four Prerequisites For Church Growth 1. The pastor must want the church to grow and be willing to pay the price a. Do all pastors want the church to grow?
Why not? It is hard work. Work hard, working smart d. Read Church Growth books and study e. Share the ministry - Have members you personally cannot shepherd f. Revise non-growth ways of thinking 2. The members must want the church to grow and be willing to pay the price. Agree to follow growth leadership b. Readjust fellowship gropes d. Open leadership circle 3. The Church must agree that the purpose of the church is to make disciples. Without conversion there can be no church growth 4. There must be people for a church to grow. There must be people within range of the church.
The church must be like the people it is trying to reach. General Categories of Growth Factors: 1. Local Church Factors - These are things like style of worship and can be change by the local church. Local Regional Factors - This is what is happening in your community and cannot be changed.
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National Church Factors - These are denominational and change as a whole. You can't be "charismatic" and be in the Baptist Church. National Regional Factors - This is the way it is in the country. Government law controlling churches.
USSR 5. Spiritual Factors - these must be considered, for this is the power of God. We must work to change the things that are most changeable and will be most effective in causing growth. What does the Bible say about Church Growth and numbers?
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Acts NIV "Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. Acts NIV "In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.kingconviegrantu.tk
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The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. Acts NIV "So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.
The Bible does not describe all the growth of the church in the same way. They grew up, or matured. Acts 2. They grew together, or closer as a community. Acts 3. They grew larger, or increased in church size.
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They grew out, or in new areas. We must measure the things that can be measured. Measurement only helps with evaluation, it does not cause a cure. A thermometer never cured anyone, but it is a good tool in evaluation. We Need Practices that Produce Growth 1. Martin Luther and the reformers of the 16th century brought about a reformation in theology.
The Church Growth movement does not change the theology of the Reformation but puts into practice the great truths of Scripture. Church Growth focuses on activity that applies principles that produce fruit. Church Growth is a Topic, Subject, or Science 1. Church Growth is currently recognized as a movement, topic, or subject within the church today. It has a distinctive history. It has a definite literature. It has its own language. It has a group of followers who have organized themselves to publicize its position.