Thoughts on Church Growth — Could Each One of Us Hold The Key?


Today I invested some time thinking about the question of why so many churches are plateaued or declining.  A single blog post does not afford sufficient space to fully list all the thoughts that ran through my head, nor does it facilitate documented the many thoughts and theories I ran upon in researching what others had already written on the matter.  For this post, I want to simply suggest a few ideas that came to mind while praying and asking God about the matter.

First, it came to mind that individual followers of Christ have a responsibility to “grow up” and it is evident, I think, that a number of those who identify themselves as His followers have failed to intentionally engage in “growing up”.  Ephesians 4:15 clearly says in part “…we are to grow up into all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…” and I am of the opinion some of us may not take that instruction seriously.  As a follower of Christ, it is clear to me from the bible that I am expected to grow up, to be actively maturing in my relationship with and my service to Christ.  The epistle of 2 Peter, chapter 3, tells us in part “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord…”.  I must consider the fact that one contributing factor to the plateauing and declining of churches is very likely the lack of its members to engage in personal spiritual growth intentionally.

Closely related to this lack of intentional personal growth is a second possible cause for the plateauing and declining in churches:  the failure of each individual part to work properly at supplying the gift(s) they possess.  Ephesians 4:16 in the New American Standard Bible reads “16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”  Notice that “the proper working of each individual part” supports the “…whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies”.  My observation over the years has been that a small minority of the members of a given church usually do the majority of the work and ministry of the church.  That practice has certainly had impact on the lack of the body causing “…the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love”.

From just these few verses of the bible, I conclude that one possible remedy to the plateauing and declining of churches might be for all of us, each one of us, to get fully in the game.  We all, each one, need to intentionally and purposefully work at growing up in Christ so that we can effectively contribute to the growth of the body of Christ.  Amen?

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~ by brotherfaron on June 3, 2016.

2 Responses to “Thoughts on Church Growth — Could Each One of Us Hold The Key?”

  1. I agree time to get serious about our relationship and responsibilities in Christ body

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