The True Measure of Church Growth

Facebook2The Thriving Church: The True Measure of Growth, will be released December 6. This interactive resource engages church members and leaders with the most detailed and complete biblical description of organic life in the church, Ephesians 4:1-16.

I invite you to work with me through this truth-packed passage of Scripture and find the answers to these questions:

      • What is church growth?
      • How is it defined?
      • Can it be measured?
      • How can you help your church thrive?

The first church I pastored experienced a steady increase in attendance, membership, financial resources, ministry pro­grams, pastoral staff, missionaries we supported, and facilities. People in the community were hearing the gospel, trusting Christ, and attending our church. Some who already knew the Lord were hungry for the Word and found their way to our fel­lowship.

Our auditorium was overflowing, so we started a sec­ond morning service, then a third. We rented classroom space in an office building across the street. Finally we relocated and moved into a newly constructed facility.

People in the commu­nity who knew about the church commented, “Your church is really growing!” Increase in the size and scope of ministry is one kind of growth. It’s the kind we usually desire, work for, and get excited about when it happens.

But is this the kind of growth Ephesians 4 is talking about?

The second church I pastored went through a period of in­creased attendance, financial abundance, and adding ministry initiatives. But the church also experienced periods of fluctu­ation in these usual markers of prosperity and growth.

If you were to look at the numbers from one year to the next during some of those times, you might not see tangible indicators of growth. Does this mean the church was not growing?

For our churches to fulfill God’s inten­tion, we must understand His template for growth and align our endeavors with it. In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul tells us the areas in which the church should be growing and the standards by which growth should be measured.

Let’s dig in together and learn about the growing body and how you can help your church thrive.

The Thriving Church will be available at starting December 6 and soon after on and

Adapted from The Thriving Church: The True Measure of Growth, by Dean H. Taylor, published by JourneyForth.

I Wrote The Thriving Church For You

Facebook2It’s hard to believe that in just 5 weeks The Thriving Church: The True Measure of Growth will be released. There’s an issue about the book I’d like to clarify. Some people might think it is written primarily for pastors. However it’s for everyone who wants to understand how they can help their church grow.

Several of the book’s features make it readable and usable for all church members.

  • It is written in a conversational tone. I’m talking to you.
  • I provide clear explanations in terms an average person can understand. In addition to defining key words and clarifying theological ideas, I use illustrations to help make these important concepts as clear as possible.
  • The book contains 13 chapters. A Sunday School class or Bible study group can go through them in a quarter.
  • There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter. These are designed to help church members interact with the principles in the chapter. The questions can be used by individuals, families, or small groups.
  • I intentionally include practical applications to help church members know how to help their church grow.

The Thriving Church is a resource for the whole church. I hope it will encourage you to help your church grow!

Release date is December 6.

Read The Thriving Church Backstory here.

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