One of my closest friends in the world is a pastor in Northern Wisconsin. Ned is a trained Mission Developer, which means he started a church from scratch. It was about 10 years ago and now it has grown to the point that he only knows the names of about half of the people who show up on a Sunday morning.
I have been talking with him about church growth for a long time. Every congregation is different and what works for some does not work for others. There is no magic formula. There is no program that guarantees that a congregation will increase in size. And of course, there is always the question of whether a church should focus on growth at all. Many would argue that the focus should be on the mission, and let the Holy Spirit worry about the growth. But it seems biblical to me that whenever a group of Christians is faithful to its calling of making disciples of all nations, there is growth. Growth seems to be a sign of health.
So maybe the focus should not be on growth, but rather realizing that growth is a symptom of health. Increase in the number of people we Connect to God, is a sign that we are being faithful to our mission of Connecting People to God.
I hope to visit my friend, Ned, in August and pick his brain. He has been a pastor almost as long as I have. He is a wealth of information and resources. One of the names he recommended to me is a blogger named Carey Nieuwhof, a Canadian pastor, who had an emotional breakdown years ago and wants to spare his clergy colleagues from that experience. Here is one of his latest blogs. https://careynieuwhof.com/pharisee/ If you read it, let me know what you think.
Carey Nieuwhof also wrote a book that I am reading: Lasting Impact, 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow.
Is my cell phone number in your contact list? 208-446-5206. Why not put it in there right now?
God’s peace. Pr. Bob Albing