Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches
Leaders who are interested in planting or revitalizing congregations often feel discouraged and defeated after leadership conferences, or after reading about the 'heroes' of church planting and church growth. "They are amazing," they say. "I can't be that amazing." ...
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Leaders who are interested in planting or revitalizing congregations often feel discouraged and defeated after leadership conferences, or after reading about the 'heroes' of church planting and church growth. "They are amazing," they say. "I can't be that amazing."
But Jesus' load is easy and his burden is light. When we examine the practices and characteristics of those 'heroes', we see striking trends and commonalities. Aspiring church leaders can learn the practices and develop the characteristics that will lead to successful churches. Instead of feeling defeated, new leaders should have a hope-filled sense of what new thing they can do.
Authors Matt Miofsky and Jason Byasse carefully researched, interviewed, and profiled successful church-growers across the U.S., and identified 8 characteristics these leaders and their congregations have in common. These pastors are still learning, still figuring out how to do this work and how to faithfully live into God's call. But for now, how are they doing what they do? What mistakes have they made & learned from? Where have they paid the stupid tax that others should avoid? Each of these 'heroes' is painfully ordinary and up front about their flaws. And each can see slightly farther than the rest of us. What do they see that we can learn from?
Discover the 8 characteristics, and learn how to adapt them for your own congregation and calling:
Believe in miracles and act accordingly Integrate new people quickly Love the local Exist to reach the next person Elevate the practice of giving Work in teams Preach effectively to skeptics Make friends with the denomination
Jason Byassee received his PhD in theology from Duke University and is currently Assistant Editor at The Christian Century, where he has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism. He is author of two forthcoming volumes: Praise Seeking Understanding (Eerdmans) and An Introduction to the Desert Fathers (Cascade Books). He has been invited to teach courses on Augustine to undergraduates, seminarians, and graduate students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College.
Jacob Armstrong is the founding pastor of Providence Church, a five-year-old United Methodist church plant in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, reaching 1,000 people each week. Providence s vision is to see those who are disconnected from God and the church to find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus Christ. Jacob is passionate about what he calls "Worship Without Walls," taking God's love beyond the walls of a building to places of need in the community and world.
Matt Miofsky is Lead Pastor of The Gathering UMC, St. Louis MO, a church begun in 2006 with over 1,000 people worship each week across four sites and 8+ services. The Gathering was founded with a vision of creating a Christian community that is compelling for new generations innbsp;St. Louis .nbsp; Matt gained a degree in Advanced Math and played football at Washington University and then attended Candler School of Theology.