[CT] Is Church Growth a Solution Looking for a Problem?

Everyone wants to be like the first century church, but from what I can tell, it wasn’t much different from today’s church.

They had large and small churches. Healthy, sick and dead churches. Churches with strong leaders, weak leaders and sinful leaders. They worshiped God imperfectly and fought over theology.

They also had a great deal of variety. The congregations in Jerusalem, Corinth, Laodicea and Ephesus had little in common outside of following scripture and practicing communion and water baptism.

In short, the first century church was not the ideal template for Christian life, theology and worship that many people think it was.

But they did do one thing. They turned the world upside-down. (Acts 17:6 ASV)

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One comment on “[CT] Is Church Growth a Solution Looking for a Problem?

  1. Pb says:

    There are a number of these articles. Any church which is in the church business simply to grow is wrong. I have never seen such a church but assume they must exist. However, healthy things grow and sick or failed churches do little to witness to the Christian gospel.