Is a Bigger Church a Better Church?

THE RISE OF Mega churches in recent years has spawned what I call the Church Growth Movement (or CGM). The CGM refers to the businesses/services geared toward helping pastors grow their churches. With all this emphasis on growing larger congregations and building bigger churches is the growth of the people in the churches being neglected?

Join me as I weigh in on the impact of the Church Growth Movement.


With the rise and popularity of mega churches within the last 10 to 15 years a business sector has developed that is devoted to helping pastors and church leaders grow their churches. Basically, these are companies that offer business strategies/techniques that will supposedly grow a pastor’s congregation – or even turn a small church into a mega church.

This emphasis on church growth is what I call the Church Growth Movement.

The problem with the Church Growth Movement is that places too much emphasis on superficial church growth over real church growth

Nowadays Church growth is all about larger congregations, lavish church buildings with state-of-the art amenities, celebrity preachers and, of course, more money, more money, more money.

Now there’s nothing wrong with this in and of itself. I’m not hating on a church’s bling bling or all the bells and whistles a church can offer its members.

While all those things are nice those things are just symbols of what I consider Superficial Church Growth.

Know why?

Because the REAL church is not the building. The people in the church building are the REAL church. Yes, the people are the church.

So, if a pastor wants to grow his or her church then the best way to do that is from the inside out. In other words THE PEOPLE MUST GROW.

A church that ministers to the people’s needs and provides them with the practical resources necessary for transforming their life will grow organically.

For example, if a person on welfare joins a church and 6 to 12 months later that member is off welfare and working a full-time job with the help of the church. That’s REAL church growth.

If a person is addicted to drugs/alcohol and after joining the church they break that dependency and is now clean and sober with help from the church. That’s REAL church growth.

When people grow they have testimony. What do people do when they have a testimony?
They tell others. They spread the word about how their church/ministry helped them GROW and improve their life. People they know will see the CHANGE.

The bottom line is when people SEE the lives of the people in the church changing for the better then they will be more likely to join your church, pastor.

That’s REAL church growth.

You see a bigger church is not always a better church. What’s the point of having a bigger church if the lives of the people in the church are not better?

So pastor if you REALLY want to grow your church then focus on GROWING the people.


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1 comment for “Is a Bigger Church a Better Church?

  1. Tristan Traylor
    May 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I completely agree that the church should be about growing its people. I am working on a book that will offer real solutions for our families, our churches, our communities, and to the world. Our church pastors are NOT being true advocates for their flock. They are, as you said, more worried about superficial growth and getting their new members to start paying their tithes. God has been showing me what the solution to this is and I plan to publish it by the end of this year. It will be called “The Heretical Keys to the Kingdom”. I believe it will change Christianity and then change the world.

    You must realize that most Christians are hardworking people who, I believe, are hard-wired by God to believe that they owe something regular to their Lord and to his ministry. They instinctively feel that giving something set and regular is part of being faithful. I believe there is actually a “middle way” between the anti-tithe free will giving position and the tithe on income teaching. It will be the first part of my three part book. It will provide pastors with true incentive to GROW their families from the inside out. Hope you will give it a look.

    God Bless

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