Church Growth Without Change

Change

Change by Wiertz Sébastien on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Carey Nieuwhof has written a piercing article called ‘What To Do When People Want A Church To Grow … But Not Change‘.

He asks this pertinent question:

Isn’t wanting to grow but not really change actually like saying “I want to lose weight, but I really want a bacon cheeseburger”?

Then he offers six strategies to church leaders in just such a situation.

I can think of ‘bacon cheeseburger’ churches. Can you? Are we willing to face the cost and pain of change, or are we – in Nieuwhof’s word – ‘delusional’?

Church As Resource Centre

Congregation

Congregation by Kevin McGee on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

What is the emphasis in your church? Is it just about recruiting people to do church jobs, or is it on resourcing the congregation to live faithful lives in the world?

Here is an account of the latter. Yes, it may envisage a larger church than many typical British churches if it can gather together a whole coterie of teachers, but possibilities would still be present in smaller congregations.

Is this at the very least a challenge to the question of how world-facing some of our churches are?