For those who are interested in church growth techniques they will find themselves overwhelmed as they begin to research the thousands of books, seminars, videos, professional consultants and statistics that are available to give advice on this topic. Ironically, it’s almost amusing how often the techniques are in conflict with each other, even though there may be an endless amount of loyal followers who will swear that their format is the most proven and trustworthy. Is growing a church really this complicated? Unfortunately, growing a church is complicated because people themselves are complicated. Buying more chairs is not complicated, nor is informing the usher team to go find more chairs throughout the facility to bring them into the sanctuary. The logistics of church growth are quite simple, but developing the evangelist that God placed within all of us through the power of the Holy Spirit can be quite an ordeal. Let me illustrate: If everyone in the church went out and found someone to bring to church as if they’re life depended on it, the attendance would double in one week. If someone threatened to send us to jail, or slapped a big fine on us by the government, we would probably find a way to make it happen. It creates an interesting mental picture doesn’t it? Most people see evangelism as optional, or somehow a special calling that God places upon a rare few who are bold. The scriptures are clear the evangelism is something all believers are not merely suggested to engage in, but commanded to do. Sounds harsh, I know. It’s much more comfortable to allow the preacher and his team to invent creative marketing techniques to attract visitors to the church. The downside is that we are facilitating generation after generation of dysfunctional believers, whose swords are small and battle experience is limited. Let’s break this pattern and do something crazy! Let’s grow our church the old-fashioned way by simply inviting one person to church this week. And by the way, you won’t be put in jail if you don’t!!
September 30, 2018