Growth, Multiplication , and Small Churches- Dads On Mission Digest


30 Days To Your 1st Home Bible Study
I have been busy working on a new project to promote teaching home Bible studies. It is the “30 Day Home Bible Study Challenge,” and you’re welcome to join in. Sign up and you will get a daily email for the next 30 days, each with a challenge that will move you toward teaching a home Bible study. Whether you are new to this or a veteran, I believe you will get value out of each day you participate. And you will get the chance to use material I have developed and get one-on-one assistance from me if you need it. So join in, the more the merrier!

Measuring Nothing (With Great Accuracy)
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With part of the running theme here being numbers, Seth’s post presents quite a challenge- let’s measure the things that matter, especially those not so easily measured.

Why We Sacrifice x For +
“For example, I’d rather have a church of 100 missionary-disciples, than 1,000 attenders” Read the post.

In the spirit of the previous post, ask yourself, “What is our scorecard?” Point number 4 among the rest stood out to me because of this ambivalence we have in the ministry regarding numbers. I can’t think of a number high enough to say, “This is too many, I don’t want this many in church,” yet we tell ourselves it isn’t about numbers. The author says numbers are souls, and that is true, but we can’t completely embrace a scorecard that is all about the number of people in the seats. How many are being converted? How many are reaching out? Recognizing a call to ministry? Exhibiting fruit of the Spirit in daily living? Likewise, we should not view spiritual immaturity or mistakes, even big, glaring ones, to let us think we are failing in the church. And I guess that is the one thing about rural, small churches that truly is different from the big ones- positives and negatives alike are highly magnified in the small church. 5 people coming or going is noticed in a small church, but doesn’t even cause a blip in a large church (at least on an obvious level). Trends are measured week to week in a small church, while in the large church they are measured over longer time frames. If small churches can learn to take the long view regarding numbers and embrace the opportunity to disciple intently while numbers are lower, it would help in moving from addition to multiplication.

8 Reasons Most Churches Never Break The 200 Attendance Mark
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I’m focusing in on number 3. There is a real gulf between the titles and the giftings often within the church. Which is to say, leaders often aren’t the ones leading. But I don’t think that just because someone demonstrates great leadership gifts means that person needs a leadership title. We need leaders among the ranks, so to speak. We need those that operate among their peers. Those that lead alongside, not from the front. We do well to encourage people to stand in the purpose that God has given them. I have turned down a lot of opportunities within my local church since God called me to plant a church. The ability to recognize what matters and what doesn’t based on your calling is crucial. I would never turn down a learning experience, and each opportunity has to be weighed out prayerfully as to whether it would please God for you to take it. But the sooner young Christians with potential get turned on to their calling, the less time and effort they will lose in chasing other things.

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