Karl Vaters: ‘Church Growth’ is Not a Biblical Command, So Stop Acting Like It is

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“All healthy things grow.”

There may be no phrase that has caused me more ministry angst than that one.

For years, I pastored a healthy church.

For many of those years, it was a numerically growing church.

Then it wasn’t.

But, as far as I could tell, it was still healthy.

Yet I convinced myself our church wasn’t healthy, for one reason. Because the phrase, “all healthy things grow” was playing on a loop inside my head.

If It Ain’t Broke…

After all, if it’s true that all healthy things grow, then the reverse must also be true. If the church isn’t growing numerically, it must not be healthy.

So I spent year after frustrating year attempting to fix something that wasn’t broken.

Were we perfect? Of course not.

Were there constant improvements to be made? Obviously. There were and there still are.

But the changes that our church needed to make weren’t a reaction to ill-health. They were from a desire to be proactive and achieve greater effectiveness for God’s glory.

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Source: Christianity Today