Church leaders have asked me, “What is the secret to church growth?” And the first answer is that there is no one secret beyond the life-giving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God, not gimmicks, grows the church.
However, with that said, there ARE some things that over the last 14 years I have seen God uniquely bless. One of those is the power of a spiritual growth campaign. When I say the word “campaign” Many people think of fundraisers, but a spiritual growth campaign is a faith-raiser!
So what is a spiritual growth campaign?
A spiritual growth campaign is a special season of focused synergy. Specifically it is a focused time when we are all hearing, reading, studying, discussing and applying the same spiritual truths at the same time. There are some pros and cons to spiritual growth campaigns.
- It has the power to SYNERGIZE our church family
- It has the power to ENERGIZE our personal faith
- It has the power to MOBILIZE us for the mission
- It also has the power to CRYSTALLIZE spiritual apathy
Christians that have been coasting in their faith and have grown resistant to growth often find that a special emphasis on taking spiritual steps hardens their hearts and sours their attitudes. That’s why the writer of Hebrews warns God’s people:
“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7, NLT)
So, as we enter this special season of focused time studying God’s word and seeking God’s will, I pray that you will do whatever it takes to finish the race and receive the prize (Philippians 3:13-14).
Let me encourage you to:
- Attend every weekend
- Get in a small group
- Run the BASES (CLASS 101-401)
- and read the daily devotional
It just might change your life!
Let’s do this thing!
Morgan HazelPosted at 13:12h, 07 October
Great Stuff! Thanks Pastor. I’ve always felt ORBC was successful due to an outward focus vs an inward one. Relevant music, preaching, and a warm inviting atmosphere are just symptoms of that focus.
Brian MossPosted at 17:19h, 07 October
Scott CreagerPosted at 12:47h, 08 October
After being through a few campaigns, it has become a moment of reflection for me. I remember some of the long road marches (walks for you civilian types) I took and every once in a while getting the opportunity to look back to see from where I came. The realization is you can’t look back if you don’t go anywhere. My advice for everyone is to avoid the regret of not being a part of what God is doing and what God is going to do.
Liz ElliottPosted at 00:10h, 10 October
I’m happy to be a part of a growth campaign like this. I’ve already noticed the tendancy for some people to not feel motivated to be involved. My heart breaks for those who fall into spiritual apathy. I know what it feels like because I’ve been there. This is going to be a time of spiritual battle for some and for me. I’m praying.