Church consultants Brown Church Development Group (BCDG) highlighted eight areas that healthy churches are growing in. Celebration ranked extremely high in all eight areas. This week so far we have looked at:
Empowering Leadership, Gift Oriented Ministry, Passionate Spirituality, Effective Structures, Inspiring Worship and Holistic Small Groups. Today we will conclude by focusing on:
Need-oriented Evangelism - Need-oriented evangelism intentionally cultivates relationships with pre-Christian people so they can become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are actively participating within the life of the church and community. Using appropriate ministries and authentic relationships, believers can guide others into the family of God. Growing churches are not “pushy” or “manipulative” in the way they share the gospel, rather, their secret is to share the gospel in a way that meets the questions and needs of pre-Christians. One of the scriptures I will be sharing this Sunday in my message with be from 1 Peter 3:15-16 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”…
Loving Relationships - Loving relationships are the heart of a healthy, growing church. Jesus said people will know we are his disciples by our love. Practical demonstration of love builds authentic Christian community and brings others into God's kingdom.
Authentic love endows a church with a much greater magnetic power than all the marketing efforts of this world. Growing churches manifest a measurably higher “love quotient” than stagnant or declining ones.
In conclusion, through extensive research, the Brown Church Development Group discovered these eight characteristics we have been talking about all week to be more developed in growing churches than in non-growing churches. By striving for excellence in these areas, we release our congregation’s God-given potential.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,
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