Most churches want to grow, but haven’t figured out how. Too many Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America are experiencing little or no growth, and an alarming number of congregations are actually declining. Pastors and church leaders are growing increasingly frustrated trying to find new ways to grow their church.
Partners for Growth is a series of three Church Growth Practicums, over a three year period, that lead a church through biblically sound church growth principles. During these practicums, there will be time for church teams (pastors and church board members) to process and develop strategies to implement in their context.
Church Growth Practicum I includes the following presentations:
Need for Change
There is a crisis brewing throughout North America. Despite our best eﬀorts, an overwhelming majority of churches are not growing. If something doesn’t change soon, a number of our churches will cease to exist. Is there something that can be done to reverse this downward spiral? This presentation will take an honest look at what is happening in the churches within our conferences. How can we be faithful to the command of Jesus to fulfill the Gospel Commission in our territory?
Discovering and Living Our Purpose
Let’s take a brief look at our core values and honestly assess the predominant focus of churches today: worship. Many people are surprised to discover that most churches are not mission-centered; they are worship-centered. This presentation will lead people to embrace God’s primary purpose for the church and begin to expose them to a new paradigm where mission is the core of a church’s activity.
Growing God’s Kingdom is God’s Command
This session will reaffirm from Scripture that it is God’s will to grow His church and He will bless us as we commit and surrender our churches to Him for that purpose. One distinguishing characteristic of the early church was numerical and spiritual growth. We believe every church in our territory should be a healthy, growing church.
Creating a Climate for Growth
Growth doesn’t just happen. It is a result of setting the right priorities and aligning everything a church does with that vision. In this session, we will look at the common characteristics of Adventist churches that are growing.
Only Healthy Churches Really Grow
Why do some churches not grow in spite of doing evangelism? All healthy living things naturally grow. If a church is not growing, there is a cause. This session will discuss eight characteristics of healthy churches and six biotic principles of church growth. You will be introduced to “Natural Church Development.”
Keep Them Coming
We have to shift our church growth strategy from a culture of membership to a culture of discipleship. Many new members leave the church shortly after being baptized. Often we blame evangelism, but the real problem is the way we do church. Independent of evangelism, many visitors show up at an Adventist Church, but don’t find anything to draw them back. What are some practical things we can do to keep new members (and visitors) coming to church?
Who Should Attend?
Pastors and church leaders who are tired of just accepting the status quo and would rather see their church step up to the next level. Partners for Growth is designed to facilitate meaningful discussion among the leadership of a church and encourage them to set a new course that will lead to better church health and greater Kingdom growth.
Partners for Growth Schedule