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Title: Principles for Developing a Church Growth Vision


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Principles for Developing a Church Growth Vision
  • By James A. Cress

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Vision More Than Sight!
  • Some people see things as they are and ask why?
  • Other see things as they could be and ask why
    not!
  • -- Robert F. Kennedy

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1. Intentionality
  • God expects the church to grow (Acts 2).
  • Growth is not a numbers game!
  • But God is interested in numbers
  • Church is not the church if it is not
    growing!

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2. Dissatisfaction with Status Quo
  • If all is okay, why still here?
  • A great heritage and marvelous history
  • 1949 1 million members worldwide
  • 2009 20 million members worldwide
  • But we are still here!
  • What should we be doing differently?

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3. Analytical Analysis
  • Not salvation by number-crunching
  • Who have you got?
  • What is working?
  • What is not working?
  • 1. Unconscious ineffectiveness
  • 2. Conscious ineffectiveness
  • 3. Unconscious effectiveness
  • 4. Conscious effectiveness
  • 5. Naturalized effectiveness

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4. Target Best Potentials Positioning
  • Youth vs. aged
  • Win a youth, win a multiplication table
  • No one power group controls
  • On-going repositioning is essential
  • Population demographics determine mission tactics
    (i.e. Pauls different approaches).

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5. Build on Strengths
  • Slogan The Caring Church
  • Nobody believed not even the members
  • Seventh-day Adventists . . .
  • When youre looking for answers!
  • ADRA - You can trust gt than they care
  • Build on strengths
  • Adventists not charismatics

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6. Pastoral Tenure
  • 21 years experience
  • Live through and resolve problems vs. escape

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7. Emphasize Spiritual Growth
  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Fellowship
  • Witnessing
  • Obedience

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8. Consistent Preaching
  • Christ-centered
  • No surprises
  • Listener-focused
  • Take home value
  • Certainty preach as if
  • Study your questions, of course.
  • Dont take your questions into the pulpit!

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9. Invitations
  • Response cards
  • Pew card summary
  • Spiritual business
  • Public invitations
  • Invite an appointment
  • Easy to say Yes

I would like to be baptized I request a
pastoral visit
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10. Big Deals
  • Baby Dedications
  • Baptismal Services
  • Anniversaries
  • Friends Day
  • Honor Teachers
  • Visitor Recognition

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11. Advertise
  • Sabbath Worship Service
  • Advertise Weekly newsletter, paper, radio,
    television
  • Sermon series
  • Best evangelistic opportunity
  • Complimentary advertising
  • Pastoral business cards for your leaders
  • Announce
  • Open Communion
  • Public Baptism
  • Annual Homecoming
  • Free Lunch

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12. Dynamic Worship
  • Creatively Dynamic
  • Need not be radical!
  • Timeliness
  • Cut extraneous
  • Time Czar
  • Emphasize essentials
  • Mail bulletins

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13. Inclusive Reckoning as Outreach Method
Believers Attending
Non-Believers Attending
Believers Non-Attending
Non-Believers Non-Attending
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14. Small Group Ministries
  • Pastors Work work the members
  • Pastors Method lead the leaders!
  • Small Group Effectiveness Factors
  • Word
  • Worship
  • Fellowship
  • Service

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15. Leaders Who Lead!
  • Not an enabler who says, Here I am, What do you
    want me to do?
  • Not a facilitator who says, Figure out what you
    want to do and Ill help you get there.
  • Rather . . . A leader who says, This is where
    God wants us to go . . . Follow me as I follow
    Christ!
  • Assume responsibility for growth
  • Work hard
  • Share ministry
  • Not paralyzed by pessimists some members cannot
    be pastored
  • Invest time, energy and money in training
  • Self continuing education
  • Leaders for responsible service
  • Members increased world view

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16. Followers Who Follow
  • Willing to follow the leader.
  • Expect pastoral ranchers more than shepherds
  • Pay the price for following
  • Readjust fellowship patterns assimilate new
  • Open up leadership opportunities
  • Intentionally include youth and newcomers
  • Rather youth not attend than sing

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17. Administrators who value local congregation
more than structure
  • Tip ONeill -- All politics is local
  • Resource sharing
  • Key Result Areas (KRA) as base for
    appropriations
  • Performance Standards

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18. Global Worldview Mission
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