Church Growth vs. Church Seasons

Trevin Wax referred to this article in his blog on “Church Growth vs. Church Seasons.”  I found it very enlightening and insightful—and surprising.  One doesn’t think of a healthy, biblically based, biblically driven church losing members as part of a particular season.  Like any church, our church (Boone’s Creek Baptist Church) has it’s seasons of growth and seasons where people leave for a myriad of reasons.  It’s exciting when people come—and oh so difficult and painful when they leave, regardless of the reason.

This article gives some great honesty about the ups and downs and issues with looking solely at numbers.  God brings in, but God also may prune.  When referring to the levelling out or plateauing in numbers, he brings up a number of issues that are developed in this article:

  1. This situation is not unusual.
  2. Non-stop numerical growth is not a biblical expectation.
  3. Healthy churches go through life cycles of growth, pruning, decline, and blessing.
  4. Figuring out what season you’re in is important.
  5. The reality of size preference.
  6. The real issue is health and witness.
  7. Some things can be done in any season.

This is worth the read!

Advertisements
Categories: church, church growth, Church Life | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: