This book was this month’s assignment for mytele-coaching network with Nelson Searcy. I’m growing a bunch from the network because it is forcing me to spend time on subjects that I normally wouldn’t. There is no way I would have picked up this book by an unknown author writing on a subject that I am just so suspicious about.
Books that promise to make your church grow always make me a bit skeptical. When I was first volunteering in youth ministry I bought into “doubling the size of my youth group” programs – and it just seemed a little too simple. Like if you follow these 8 steps, you’ll have a huge church! If that was true, why doesn’t everyone just do that? Personally, I much prefer missional books that help you identify the questions that need to be asked in order to find the answers that will help your church minister to your community in effective and significant ways.
That being said, there were a bunch of things I took away from this book. There were also a few times where I disagreed with the authors (Like their one verse theology of the office of pastor – horrendous theology!), but that’s the whole point of writing and reading and growing! Here’s 10 take-aways for me:
- More often then not, the lead or senior pastor is the man that God wants to use to grow a church. That’s a pressure statement for some people and a freeing statement for others. Whichever one it is will tend to determine the direction the church is going to move in.
- p.20, “Neither congregational nor representative democracy is biblical.”
- p.39, “The point here is for lead pastors to quit allowing anyone or anything to question their authority, position, or worse yet, calling.”
- People will check out churches that look active. Great story on page 50 about the pastor borrowing a buldozer just to move dirt around on the property and the way it sparked interest in the church.
- The authors argue that it’s better for the pastor to call on visitors, verses regular folks. Other books say the exact opposite. Good thing somebody’s right.
- natural growth barriers for churches: 200, 500, 900 and 1,500. I hope we get to deal with all of these at the Grove.
- People who don’t want churches to grow and reach more people are valuing their own preferences (and not participating in a small group) and have a misunderstanding of the role of the church in God’s redemptive plan. The church is not God’s gift to the Christians – the church is the Christians.
- p.60, There is a great plan for helping a staff member or volunteer who is struggling to be better equipped.
- p.61, If a staff member is paid, then they have got to be an equipper!
- The 200 barrier is the hardest barrier to break through. The authors suggest planting churches that already have this many people so that they never have to worry about it!
pages read= 126 ~ year to date= 6684 ~ 2009 goal=9,000 ~ (74%)