Why You May Not Be Growing As a Church

It's one of the most pressing questions pastors and church leaders ask themselves:

"Why aren't we growing?"

To be sure, not every mission's soil will yield the same fruit. We're not talking about overall size, but rather the idea that biblically, we can assume that God wants every church that honors His name and proclaims His message in Christ to grow and that He is willing to empower it to that end.

Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you're not growing – even if just in compensation to what you've lost through transition – something is wrong.

Again, it doesn't have to be by much. Those churches in smaller communities who are growing by five people a year may actually be growing at a higher percentage of the available population than the "mega" churches.

So take heart.

But if you are not growing at all, or declining…well, God isn't the problem. We are. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

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Is it okay for a Christian to...

smoke marijuana?
drink wine?
go to a gay wedding?
serve a gay wedding?
do yoga?
watch "Game of Thrones"?
watch anything rated "R"?
vote for a Democrat (or actually, vote for anyone this election)?
get a tattoo?
get cremated?
have plastic surgery?
buy a lottery ticket?
play the slots in Vegas?
not go to church?

In this eight week series, James Emery White tackles every single one of these issues. The answers may be surprising, even shocking; but what may be most challenging of all is how we can think biblically about each one. For many, thinking Christianly across the broad spectrum of life and culture is a completely new enterprise. Even then, we may find that thoughtful, committed Christians may disagree on how best to employ the biblical principles for their life.

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