What do we need to do in order to grow as a congregation both numerically and spiritually? We have a congregation that has a wonderful history and good present state. But what can we do in order to grow as a church? Here are a few things:
Gospel. When thinking about growth, it is important to keep the focus on the good news of Jesus. Any other plan or focus apart from Jesus leads us to distraction and keeps us from being what we need to be in life. Our preaching, teaching, and example always needs to go back to Jesus’s example and teachings.
Relationships. The church in the Bible is called a family, a body, and community. Each of these examples revolves around relationships. As a congregation we must consistently be sure that people feel included here and feel as important to us as they are to God. From the quality of our worship services, to the daily activity we encourage, we must make our congregation a place to belong.
Outreach. We must consistently seek people who are outside of our building. Salt is not useful unless it comes out of its container. In the same way, we must seek and save the lost rather than tend the sheep.
Work the people. We must find ways to enable people to develop and use their talents. For a church to be truly healthy, we must find ways to have more and more people involved in its work. As a general rule, the more people involved in the work of the church the more people who will attend.
Think Big. Don’t be satisfied with the size of the congregation and don’t become discouraged. Pray to the Lord and think creatively about what can be done to reach out to the lost. Expect growth and do what you can to obtain it for the glory of God.
Harvest. Jesus commanded the Apostles to pray for reapers to gather the harvest. In preparing for the harvest, it’s important to always reach for more. Too many churches are satisfied with their current size. We must seek to grow and glorify God with everything we have. What can we do today to bring someone to Christ?