Church Growth- Lecture 1

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Church Growth- Lecture 1
2012-03-10 15:39:14
Church Growth Lecture VLI Intensive JBI Winter 2012

Church Growth- Lecture 1, VLI, Intensive, JBI, Winter 2012
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

    • 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.

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  5. 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.
  6. 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.