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9 signs your church is growing in the right direction

church growthMark Dever in his book, What Is a Healthy Church? writes, “When you peer into the life of a church, the growth of its members can show up in all sorts of ways.”   Here are just a few good examples – though of course this is not an exhaustive list :

  1. Growing numbers being called to missions—“I’ve enjoyed sharing the gospel with my neighbors from South America. I wonder if God is calling me to …”
  2. Older members getting a fresh sense of their responsibility in evangelism and in discipling younger members—“Why don’t you come over for dinner?”
  3. Younger members attending the funerals of older members out of love—“As a single man in my twenties, it was so good to be taken in by Mr. and Mrs.…”
  4. Increased praying in the church and more prayers centered on evangelism and ministry opportunities—“I’m starting an evangelistic Bible study at work and I’m a little nervous. Would the church pray that …”
  5. More members sharing the gospel with outsiders.
  6. Increased and sacrificial giving—“Honey, how can we cut fifty dollars from our monthly budget in order to support…”
  7. Increased fruits of the Spirit.
  8. A corporate willingness to discipline unrepentant and public sin.
  9. A corporate love for an unrepentant sinner shown in the pursuit of him or her before discipline is enacted—“Please! If you get this message, I would love to hear from you.”

Excerpt from Blogging Theologically


6 responses to “9 signs your church is growing in the right direction

  1. Gede Prama January 28, 2014 at 04:40

    Thank you for sharing and greetings 🙂 🙂

  2. praymillennials October 23, 2015 at 06:12

    This message is like a set of New Year’s resolutions for churches. It can also be used as a quarterly evaluation checklist for every pastor and ministry leader during the quarterly church business meeting or elder board meeting. I pray that many ministry leaders will read and take heed to these Spirit-empowered points. Thank you for sharing.

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