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.
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.