You read some church websites and you get the impression that if your website doesn’t begin with “We are a lively, growing church” then there’s something wrong with you.
We’ve experienced times when our local church has been growing, those times have been encouraging but it’s not always like that. I’ve seen/heard people describing Bearwood Chapel as a growing church and thought “I wish that was the case” because at that point, we’ve actually been plateauing or even losing people. We also are aware that there’ve been periods when a lot of new people have turned up but we’ve not seen conversions.
This week, we had a leaders afternoon/evening facilitated by James Hyde from The Church Planting Initiative and he said some very helpful things about this. Continue reading