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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?
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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

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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
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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