People have many theories on church growth but one thing is certain: a church must want to grow or it will not.
Some Christians do not want their church to grow. This may be because they don’t want to give up power of control or because they want to know everyone in the building. Sometimes churches have been taught a false “remnant theology” that derives satisfaction at being persecuted for their beliefs by the heathen masses or pride at being more holy than other churches. An over emphasis on spiritual perfectionism leads to self righteousness that won’t tolerate weak believers or give new converts time to grow their faith. Whatever the reason the mindset of the lay people wanting the church to be kept small must be conquered for a church to grow!
Sometimes the pastor is afraid to grow because they may lose control of the church or is secretly afraid that they won’t have the ability to lead a bigger church. Either way the pastor must conquer his/her insecurities for the church to grow.
If the pastor and the majority of the people want the church to grow then they must also “count the cost” to see if they are willing to pay the price for growth. When there are no goals, no pressure to grow, there is no risk of failure and everyone is comfortable. Every businessman knows, high-risk investments yield high returns but there is a higher risk of failure.
Congregations that want to grow must risk failure, discomfort and criticism but if they are willing…oh the joy of seeing increasing numbers of souls rescued from darkness.