"Every pastor needs to read this book on processes - it's ministry changing!" - John Johnson
Explore the Biblical Mandate to Grow Christ's Church Wider!
GROWING THE CHURCH DEEPER AND WIDER
If you do not measure it you cannot improve it.
Welcome to ChurchGrowth.net
Helping Churches to Grow Deeper and Wider
"Your current template is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently getting"- Andy Stanley
Predicting Your Church's Future Part 2
By Allen Ratta
In the previous newsletter I raised the ominous specter that (mathematically speaking) there are 3 things and only three things, which determine whether your church attendance will go up, down or remain on an ineffective plateau in the future. We call these your church's Leading Growth Indicators. "Seriously," you ask? Can the Church of Jesus Christ, headed the Sovereign of the universe, be relegated to three mathematical factors? Before you bristle with your sovereignty of God theology, let me say that I am a man of Faith that believes that God can do all things. But when it comes to math we are dealing with an absolute language of God.
Let me illustrate. You can believe with all your heart that you should have more money in your checking account at the end of the month but the math does not lie. Your faith changes nothing. This kind of blind faith is useless in the face of incontrovertible facts. If you put so much into your account and took so much out there will always be only so much money left in your account. The same is true with church attendance. If you attract so many new regular church attendees and you lose a certain number of your congregation out the back door, you can "take it to the bank" that there will be only be so many people attending your church at the end of a year.
What about God's absolute Sovereignty? God is not going to unravel the fabric of the universe to grow your church. What God may choose to do, in His sovereign power, is to draw large numbers of visitors into your church in ways that are inexplicable. God could move on the hearts of those who would leave and cause them to stay. If you are in the midst of a sovereign move of God, rejoice! If you are not, then you may want to pay attention to your Church's Leading Growth Indicators. These are the things that you can do to attract, connect and integrate people to close the back door of your church.
The Optimized Church is the
result of best practices
distilled out of working with
thousands of churches over
25 years. If you read it, you
will never lack a broad
context for prioritizing the
work of the ministry.