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ACTS 1:8 Growth Workshop. UNIT 3 WHERE DOES GOD WANT US TO GO FROM HERE?. Barriers to moving to the next level: Spiritual Issues. Unconfessed sin hampers the Spirit's work. Unconfessed sin consumes growth energy. Unconfessed sin hinders body life. Neglect of devotional life.

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Acts 1 8 growth workshop

ACTS 1:8Growth Workshop

UNIT 3

WHERE DOES GOD WANT

US TO GO FROM HERE?


Barriers to moving to the next level spiritual issues
Barriers to moving to the next level: Spiritual Issues

  • Unconfessed sin hampers the Spirit's work.

  • Unconfessed sin consumes growth energy.

  • Unconfessed sin hinders body life.

  • Neglect of devotional life.

  • Ignoring the reality of spiritual warfare.

  • Failure to put on the whole armor of God.

  • Question: How are we going to dealwith this issue in the life of this church?


Leaders tied to unproductive work
Leaders tied to unproductive work.

  • Pastor/Planter and church members' time is limited.

  • Pastor/Planter and church members' time and energy often misspent.

  • Pastor/Planter and church members' time use should be analyzed, appropriately invested.

    • Whatever the church does must be evaluated on a regular basis, and this takes place under the lens of its vision/purpose –Aubrey Malphurs


No growth mentality
No growth mentality

  • Don't expect church to grow

    • Will not work here

  • Don't want church to grow

    • Comfortable


  • Leadership imbalance
    Leadership imbalance

    • Class I , volunteers turned inward

    • Class II, volunteers turned outward


    Ratio and ministry mode
    Ratio and Ministry Mode

    • In Effective Church Leadership, Kennon Callahan says

    • 70% C I (turned inward) to 30% C II Maintenance ministry mode

    • 30% C I (turned inward) to 70% C II Missional mode


    Two critical questions
    Two critical questions:

    • 1. How many C I and C II leaders do we have? What is the ratio?

    • 2. How many C I and C II leaders do we need to enlist and train?


    Care

    Takers

    Every Church Has

    A Life Cycle

    23%

    Under

    Takers

    Risk

    Takers

    46%

    31%

    On Average, the last Five years

    Oklahoma Baptist Churches,


    No plans for growth
    No plans for growth.

    Churches tend to fall into three groups.

    • Churches with no plans

      • Budget just for inflation

  • Churches with maintenance plans

  • Churches with growth plans


  • Organization and program limitations
    .Organization and program limitations.

    • Organization fixed

    • Resistant to new units,

    • Unrelated to vision, values, mission

    • Doors closed to outsiders


    Members not mobilized or equipped to be on mission
    Members not mobilized or equipped to be on mission.

    • Mentality that sees ministry is for clergy.

    • Giftedness of members ignored

    • Members seen as spectators and supporters.



    Organizational issues
    Organizational Issues.

    • Cells division (See Appendix A)

      • Cell (s)

      • Congregation (s)

      • Church


    Organizational issues1
    Organizational Issues.

    Appendix A

    Single Cell, Single Congregation Church


    Organizational issues2
    Organizational Issues.

    Multicell, Single Congregation Church


    Organizational issues3
    Organizational Issues.

    Multicell,

    Multi-congregation Church


    Internal structure of a single cell church
    Internal structure of a single cell church

    Key Family or Families

    Youth

    Deacons

    ???

    Mission

    group

    Choir

    Sunday School


    Mid size rubber band effect
    Mid – size rubber band effect

    Disconnected groups

    Key families

    or families


    Churches in transition
    Churches in transition

    Small

    Church

    Characteristics

    Large

    Church

    Characteristics

    Medium Church

    Rubber

    Band effect

    Transition

    period

    begins


    Mcintosh s typology of church size
    McIntosh’s Typology of Church Size

    Factors Small Church Medium Church Large Church

    Size 15-200 75-400 100 +Worshipers

    • Orientation Relational Programmatical Organizational

    • Structure Single cell Stretched cell Multiple cell

    • Leadership Resides in Resides in Resides in

      key families committees select leaders

    • Pastor Lover Administrator Leader

    • Decisions Made by made by made by staff

      congregation committees and leaders

      Driven by Driven by Driven by

      History changing needs vision


    Decision making climate
    Decision Making Climate

    Small Church Medium Church Larger Church

    Emotional (a mixture) Rational

    Subjective Objective

    Popular Merit

    Informal Formal

    Family Leaders


    Mcintosh s typology of church size1
    McIntosh’s Typology of Church Size

    Factors Small Church Medium Church Large Church

    Size 15-200 75-400 100 +Worshipers Staff Bivo or single pastor and Multiple staff

    pastor small staff

    • Change Bottom up Middle out Top down

      through key through key through key

      people committees leaders

    • Growth Attraction Program Proclamation

      Patterns model model through through key through ministry word of mouth

      relationships


    Mcintosh s typology of church size2
    McIntosh’s Typology of Church Size

    Factors Small Church Medium Church Large Church

    Size 15-200 75-400 100 +Worshipers

    • Growth Small Church Inadequate Poor assimilation

      Obstacles image facilities

      - Ineffective Inadequate Increased

      evangelism staff bureaucracy

      - Inadequate Inadequate Poor

      programming finances communication

      - Downward Poor admin- Loss of vision momentum -istration

      - Ingrown Increasing Lack of member

      fellowship complexity care


    • Important questions

    • 1. Are we willing to keep groups growing?

    • 2. Do we see need to begin new cells?

    • 3. Are we willing to begin new groups--formal and informal?


    Normal patterns plateaus of growth decline appendix b
    Normal patterns & plateaus of growth & decline (Appendix B)


    Normal patterns plateaus of growth decline
    Normal patterns & plateaus of growth & decline

    • 3 -25 Range (Breaking the 15 Barriers )

    • 5 – 50 Range (Breaking the 35 Barriers)

    • 48 – 86 Range (Breaking the 65 Barriers)

    • 90 – 150 Range (the 115 Barriers)

    • 175 - 225 Range (the 200 barrier)


    Discussion questions
    Discussion Questions

    • Which of these barriers, organizational issues and/or leadership issues need to be addressed in your setting?

    • What issues are priority for your church’s health and growth?

    • How will you address these issues?


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