This one may be a bit odd for you for several reasons. Over the years I have heard countless different responses as people have spoken about their thoughts regarding church growth. Before I share a few of those responses with you, I’d like to make a very important foundational statement.
When we talk about growth we can talk about it in regards to both breadth and depth. Depth is rarely questioned but I want to state it clearly. We strive in everything that we do at Crossings Community Church to see growth in the spiritual depth of our homes. However, that is not the growth I’m talking about with this post… I’m talking about breadth today.
“Matt, we don’t really want to grow much bigger because we love being able to know most of the families,” has been said on multiple occasions. “Matt, we don’t want to grow and become one of those megachurches,” is often on the minds and lips of people. “Matt, we enjoy Crossings because we are small church people,” is another one I’ve heard many times.
Each of these ideas and their similar off-shoots are all birthed out of some underlying assumptions. Further, they are birthed from some erroneous underlying assumptions. These are assumptions that are often formed (sometimes subconsciously) through previous experience as well as unspoken expectations. They are assumptions that contradict a biblical understanding of the church.
Let’s start with a definition of the church. The church is the people of God on the mission of God. What is the mission of God? The mission of God is to receive glory through the growth and advancement of His Kingdom as we (the church) make disciples of nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL of His Word.
So this is the type of people that we should be as those who have placed our faith in Jesus. As well, this is the way that we are truly to be His church. This addresses many of those underlying assumptions and preferences about church life. This biblical picture of being the church still is not numbers-driven but rather it is driven by faithful obedience.
In addition to this, it is important for me to constantly affirm that the vision God has given Crossings is not one that is contingent upon our numbers. Whether Crossings is 50 people (as we were years ago) or 500 people, God’s vision and our pursuits as a church will not change. God has given His church at Crossings a unique vision and that does not hinge on numbers. We will faithfully pursue His vision in the many years to come as we have throughout our years of fruitful history.
We will always be a church that seeks to engage, equip, and empower homes for gospel transformation through the unapologetic proclamation of His Word in every ministry context.
We believe that God has done AMAZING things at Crossings Community. We confidently believe that God is going to continue to do AMAZING things at Crossings Community. Therefore, as the people of God on the mission of God, we desire to see abundantly MORE hearts and homes experience God’s amazing work at Crossings Community.
We are humbled by His grace and so incredibly excited about what He is doing that we cannot help but desire that others experience His manifest beauty along with us.
We are GROWTH ORIENTED.
Source: Pastor's Blog