5 Big Surprises About Church Growth Nobody Told Me About

ChurchLeaders | 11/21/2018 | Staff
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Leadership is a little like life. There’s a picture in your head of how things will go, and then there’s how they actually go.

The same is true when it comes to church growth.

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While church growth has its share of critics, I’ve rarely met a church leader who didn’t want his or her church to grow. And ultimately, growth matters because people matter and the mission matters.

That said, navigating growth is full of surprises; it’s always more complicated than you think it’s going to be.

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The good news is that once you understand the unique dynamics of growth, you can handle the tensions of reaching more people far more effectively.

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In the meantime, here are five truths about church growth that surprise most leaders. At least each of them surprised me in my first few years in leadership as we grew from a handful of people to 500 and beyond.

What’s fascinating is no one told me about them. As in nobody. Zero. So I’m sharing them with you.

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There’s something to be said for grit, hustle and determination.

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But even hustle has its limits.

I made a near fatal mistake in my first decade of leadership. I assumed that more people equals more hours, and that more hours equals more faithfulness.

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Guess where that led me as our church...
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