INTRODUCTION: Church growth is wonderful as it begins in the local church. But the key to long-lasting growth is maintaining spiritual momentum. A recent survey showed that out of 5,000 pastors, less than one-half wanted to plan and implement church growth. Rather than growth, their priorities were set on maintenance. These pastors felt that making the existing church members comfortable was of higher importance than growth.
I. BIBLICAL BASIS FOR GROWTH
A. EXAMPLE FROM ACTS
1. Acts 6:1: The disciples multiplied daily
2. Acts 6:2: A multitude of disciples
3. Acts 6:7: The word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied
B. INGREDIENTS TO CONSIDER
1. Demographics of your city
2. Consensus of your church
3. Strategy for growth
C. GROWTH STARTS WITH THE PASTOR
1. What kind of leader are you?
2. What are your capacity and limitations?
3. How do you control your schedule/time?
a. 33% to new people
b. 33% to leadership
c. 33% to shepherding
D. OUR FOCUS: MATTHEW 6:22
Matt. 6:22: The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
1. Perception: our perception becomes reality
2. Declaration: what the word says, our confession
3. Action: what we carry out
1. See it
2. Say it
3. Seize it
F. SECURING THE DREAM
S = State
E = Examine motives
C = Consider options
U = Utilize resources
R = Remove non-essentials
E = Embrace challenges
II. LEADERSHIP PRICE FOR GROWTH
A. SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES CREATE PRESSURE
1. Assuming responsibility for growth involves risk and potential failure.
2. Growth brings a heavier work load.
3. We change from being ‘‘shepherds’’ to ‘‘ranchers.’’
a. Shepherds = hands-on shepherding
b. Ranchers = use of undershepherds
4. Assuming the role of leadership and management
a. Leadership is special ability ...
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