When Christ gave the command to make disciples is was not a command given to a few present disciples but a mandate binding of all Christians to the task until he returned.
Lecturing in India on Church Growth
- In a study done by the Institute of American Church Growth it was found growing churches had and involvement in ministry level of 60% plus and that 25% of that involvement was Class 2 in nature (Class 2 is outreach focused ministry). Plateaued churches involvement level averaged 43% and declining churches 27%. So the total amount of involvement and the way that involvement is deployed are both important.
- The principle of the "Oikos" or the 8-15 people God has supernaturally and strategically placed in every believers sphere would lead us to believe it was God's intent from the beginning that the task of reaching the world would be accomplished by each of us reaching our world for Christ. (see additional articles of this blog on Oikos)
- The ministry of evangelism is better accomplished by lay-persons than Clergy. One illustration of this is something so simple as following up church visitors. When laypersons do the followup the retention rate of visitors who come back and stay doubles.
- How many persons have invited someone to come with them to church or a church activity in the past 30 days
- In the formal prayer times of the church is prayer for the harvest a primary item of concern
- Of the persons who have a role or task what % are doing Class 2 work.
- What is the conversion Growth Ratio. This refers to how many Christians it takes to win 1 person to Christ each year. 1:15-1:20 is a healthy number.
CHURCH GROWTH BY MINISTERS OR LAYMEN?
Dr. Donald McGavran
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Clergy or Laity
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to reach their world for Christ in Kenya