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List (1 sentence each) the 4 reasons why the local church must never stop growing. (Sect 1)
- 1. Because God loves people.
- 2. Because God commands us to reach out.
- 3. Because growth is God's will.
- 4. Because growth may hasten the coming of the Lord.
Recognize the strengths of a mega-church. (Sect 2)
- 1. It's God's primary means of reacing people around the world.
- 2. It has an attitude of "why not?"
- 3. It has a standard of excellence in many areas.
- 4. There is room for diversity.
- 5. There are specialized services for many people who are often overlooked.
- 6. It has resources sufficient to plant and pay for new churches and world missions.
- 7. It has a growing city-wide and national influence.
- 8. It has great facilities.
Recognize the weaknesses of a mega-church. (Sect 2)
- 1.It can never be a small church.
- 2. A person might be moved from crowd to crowd and never be known at a personal level.
- 3. Ministry can become professionalized. People may think professional leaders are the only ones who can minister.
- 4. The church can lose sight of the Great Commission to make disciples, not just converts.
List (1 phrase/sentence each) the 5 areas where pastors pay the price for church growth. (Sect 4.1-4.5) and 2 of the 4 areas where the congregation pays the price (sect 5.1-5.4). Then explain (in 1 paragraph each) the first 3 of 5 areas where pastors pay the price.
- 1. The price of responsibility.
- 2. The price of hard work.
- 3. The price of sharing their ministry.
- 4. The price of having members you can't pastor.
- 5. The price of prayer.
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- 1. The peole have to agree to follow growth leadership.2. Church growth costs money (e.g., facilities, staff)
- 3. Readjusting fellowship groups.
- 4. The willingness to open leadership circles to new people.
Recognize the profile of shepherd pastors. (sect 6)
- 1.The primary caregiver:
- "I must know and be personally involved with everyone. There is a need and I must meet it."
- 2. Total accessibility:
- "The sign on the door says, "Call me anytime. See me."
- 3. Over-dependence of church members on the shepherd:
- "We just can't have a meeting without you."
- “We can’t imagine anyone else doing our wedding, our funeral, etc.”
- 4. Poor delegation of significant leadership:
- Specifies methods, not outcomes.
- 5. Poor planning:
- Plans are developed on the run and/or are never written down; there is no big picture.
Recognize the profile of a rancher pastors. (sect 6)
- 1. One-another ministry:
- "The philosophy in our church is that when there is a need, the church members meet it."
- 2. Setting boundaries:
- "I have set Monday aside for my family, how's Tuesday?"
- 3. Non-dependency:
- "Has your group visited you in the hospital?"
- 4. Delegate:
- Focus on outcomes; help people develop their plans.
- 5. Develop long-term plans and measurable goals"
- Written plans; lots of big picture thinking; have measurable goals and ways to achieve them; plan for attrition; plan for problems.