Jesus and the Church Growth Gurus

The life of the Church is not mega-churches and it’s not house-churches. It’s not a matter of planting your church in a carefully selected location that fits a target demographic for optimal growth potential, and it’s not small congregations holding steady for generations.

The life of the Church is something else entirely.

The life of the Church is the Spirit of Christ, sent by our heavenly Father. (John 14:16.) All believers in Jesus are together the family of God (1 Peter 2:17), and it doesn’t matter whether the local fellowship is large or small but that it belongs to Jesus. (Matthew 16:18.) No matter how many or how few are among those being counted, Jesus says everyone counts. (Matthew 18:20.)

In fact, when it comes to counting heads, church growth gurus would consider Jesus’ own numbers to be a cause for concern.

Jesus family

When Jesus’ ministry on earth came to an end he focused not on numbers but on family, and I think that is the focus we should have as well as we look on one another and our place in the church.

After all, it’s not a matter of whether your church is growing in numbers or not. It’s a matter of whether you grow together in Jesus’ family.


Jesus’ following dwindled to one guy and a handful of women. Church growth gurus call that failure. In John 19:26-27, Jesus called them family.


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5 Responses to Jesus and the Church Growth Gurus

  1. Jeannie says:

    Great reminder, Tim!

  2. Pastor Bob says:

    The most obvious way to measure growth is numbers. Larger numbers provides a lrger base to draw from leading to deeper growth. In hearing something like this we can often hear something like this:
    1) ALL you talk about is numbers!
    2) Obvious is not the same words as Only.

    We need to evangelize the thousands to find the hundreds to accept Him.

    Let us not forget #2 as we share.

  3. Love this post Tim. I think the focus on church growth reflects the widely held belief that the church’s only important role on earth is to propagate new believers. Evangelism has almost become an idol in some circles (and I realise in other circles it’s hardly even thought about 🙂 Just as many so called disciples deserted Jesus when He started saying some tough things (John 6), church growth numbers are very unreliable at best. Can I reuse your meme?

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