When I was in seminary, Church Growth 101 was a required course. I took interest in the whole field and became a student of church growth. I read a pile of books and attended most of the big church growth conferences. Some of the principles I’ve applied have worked. And some have failed royally. When we look at the early church, though, obviously they did something right. They grew exponentially. In this post I suggest five church growth essentials from the Apostle Paul that we see from his first missionary journey.
Principle 1: Rely on the Holy Spirit.
Ultimately, while not dismissing good leadership, thorough strategic planning and great outreach events, only God by His Spirit grows the church (Col. 2.19, 1 Cor. 3.7).
Principle 2: Evangelize through your most natural relationships.
One of the most fruitful ways to grow the church is to find those most open to the gospel, often those already in our circle of relationships.
Principle 3: Stay flexible in your approach.
It behooves church leaders to know their communities and to use flexible approaches rather than cookie cutter methods we might learn in a book or at a conference.
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