A growing church can be one of the most exciting times in the life of a particular congregation. New people, new excitement, new believers, new needs, and a lot of newness.
Sometimes with growth, there is chaos with the current membership. Change is the one thing in any situation that many people do not like or except. In a church setting, it can begin to fell like an us verses them scenario.
I cam across a few things that happen when a church grows by Thom Rainer:
- When there is growth taking place, new people come into a church and things change.
- Many times we are too concerned about our needs, our preferences, and our comforts in the church.
- When churches grow, groups are the key to maintaining intimacy.
- As a church grows larger, it has to grow smaller through groups.
- Worship style continues to be an explosive issue in many churches.
- Don’t just explain the what of a change but the why as well.
The seven reasons some church members do not like church growth are:
- Loss of familiarity.
- Loss of memories.
- Loss of comfort.
- Loss of power.
- Loss of perceived intimacy.
- Loss of worship style.
- Loss of worship time.
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,