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Title: The Top 5 Church Growth Principles ... and What They Mean for Your Intergenerational Ministry


1
The Top 5 Church Growth Principles ... and What
They Mean for Your Intergenerational Ministry
Dr. Charles Arn
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Principle 1 Disciple-making is the 1
priority
  • The natural tendency of a church (and older adult
    group) is to become increasingly self-centered
    and self-serving. Therefore
  • Its important for leaders to remind all
  • What was Christs purpose?
  • What is our individual purpose?
  • What is our churchs purpose?
  • What is our groups purpose?

3
Principle 2 Social networks are the vehicle
  • Special Need 1 - 2
  • Walk-In 4 - 5
  • Visitation 1 - 2
  • Church Program 2 - 3
  • Mass Evangelism 1/2
  • Sunday School 3 - 4
  • Pastor/Staff 1 - 6
  • Friend/Relative 75 - 90

4
Its been happening for centuries
The household principle in the N.T.
oikos
Acts 16 12 - 15 Lydia (... she and the members
of her household were baptized...) Acts 16 23 -
31 Philippian jailer (Sirs, what must I do to
be saved? They replied, Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved you and your
household.) Luke 8 38 - 39 Demon-possessed man
(Go back to your household, Jesus said, and tell
them what a wonderful thing God has done for
you.) Luke 19 5 - 9 Zacchaeus (Today salvation
has come to this house ...) John 4 49 - 53
Roman Centurion (Your son will live. So he and
all his household believed.) Acts 18 7 - 8
Crispus (Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his
entire household believed in the Lord.)
5
Principle 3 Felt needs are the connecting
point
What are peoples felt needs today?
People feel disconnected and isolated, they are
looking for a place to belong and feel part of a
family or community.
6
Principle 3 Felt needs are the connecting
point
What are peoples felt needs today?
People are feeling the pressure of a busy and
stressful world. They are looking for a greater
sense of balance and ways to manage priorities.
7
Principle 3 Felt needs are the connecting
point
What are peoples felt needs today?
People sense the shallowness of super-ficial
encounters with others. They are looking for
authentic relationships.
8
Principle 3 Felt needs are the connecting
point
What are peoples felt needs today?
People are feeling empty and drained from
striving to meet their desires through work,
material possessions, or entertainment. They are
looking for spiritual answers to their
unfulfilled "hunger."
9
Principle 3 Felt needs are the connecting
point
What are peoples felt needs today?
People are feeling overwhelmed by the pace of
change in every aspect of their world. They are
looking for help through transitions.
10
Principle 4 Relationships are the glue
New Friendships After Membership
Drop-Outs
Active Mbrs
Number of new friends in church
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Principle 4 Relationships are the glue
New Friendships After Membership
  • The typical convert made an average of 7 new
    friends in the church.
  • The typical drop-out made an average of 2 new
    friends in the church.

12
Principle 4 Relationships are the glue
What makes friendships meaningful?
(the more common denominatorsthe better!)
Age
Marital Status
Family Status
Interest/Recreation
Need
Concern/Problem
Ethnic/Culture
??
13
Receptivity Resistance Axis
Principle 5 Transitions provide the window
of opportunity
Turn your eyes to the fields that are white unto
harvest! (John 435)
14
Principle 5 Transitions provide the window
of opportunity
Life-Transition Events
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