Growth & renewal
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Growing churches don’t focus on growth as such. They focus on mission.
Maybe the new, counter-intuitive formula for church growth is this: be a stark alternative to whatever the dominant culture offers.
The usual story is of a pastor who staunches a church’s decline by introducing “contemporary” worship. But Macedonia Baptist in Pittsburgh capped its growth with a return to “traditional.”
There may be churches that don’t care about growth. But these can’t possibly be Methodist.
A new vision of a historic tradition. A Baptist church in Washington, D.C., with a history of commitment to social justice leverages its real estate assets to help revitalize the congregation and engage community partners.
Purpose-driven approaches to church growth say we should ditch the denominational label. This is exactly the wrong way to go.
I became a Methodist on purpose. But church growth strategies want me to leave the label behind.
Last week we posted Tom Arthur's questions as a young pastor in a start-up congregation modeled on megachurches to his elder, Michael Jinkins, about his "Letters to New Pastors," which assumed a very different pastoral context. Here is Jinkins' reply.