Church Growth – Ephesians 4:16

In an era of declining church attendance, how to turn the tide and grow healthy churches is an important topic. Paul tells us that church growth is dependent on Christ’s equipping and leadership as well the involvement of every member. Each of us needs to be doing what God has called us to do within the body.

The Healthy Church

So what makes a church healthy?  I suspect most people who are involved with a church have some opinion on this question.  Or at least feel like they can identify if a church is healthy or not, even if they cannot define why.  Church health is actually a topic that generates much discussion and many books, but apparently is a topic where consensus is hard to find. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert on church health, although I have been involved with many churches in the past few decades.  I would describe some of these churches as at least marginally …

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Doing Church, an Old Look – Acts 2:42-47

There is a passage in the book of Acts that I have been drawn to recently.  This passage describes the life of the church in the earliest days after Pentecost.  And I am wondering if maybe what worked for them might not also work in the church today, should we be daring enough to break from our traditions and follow what appeared to be a very successful model. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and signs were done …

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