These notes came from my preparation for my message on Ephesians 4, “A Crash Course in Church Growth,” from a few weeks ago.
Church growth is founded upon the unity we receive from God through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Church growth is something that happens to us over time and by God’s good grace, but not without intention and yielding to God.
Church growth involved God and other people, for it is the church who grow toward Christlikeness together, and not ideally alone.
Church growth is not all that much about building, budgets, and bodies in seats, but more about growth toward maturity in Jesus Christ.
Church growth involves those who Christ has appointed – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers – who actively equip, serve, and build up the church in solid faith and overarching love.
Church growth has a goal, and it is not some utopian human ideal but Christ, the Head, who descended and ascended, and who is the Highest Name.
Church growth lives in the “already, but not yet” of lived human existence. We live in Christ as His people and yet are growing through Christ to be more truly His people.