Posted by: everynation | February 24, 2010

Visible & Invisible Church Growth

by Steve Murrell

While in a strategic planning meeting with 30 South Africa pastors, I received the following tweet from Mark Zschech:

Plants grow in two opposite directions at same time: downward, more rooted & bound; but also upward, more free & open.

Mark’s tweet inspired the following church planting thoughts:

1. Church plants grow in 2 directions at the same time, up and down.

2. Growing down – roots – invisible growth

3. Growing up – branches, leaves, fruit – visible growth

4. The invisible part of church planting includes:
– prayer
– strategic planning
– mission, vision, values development
– relationship development
– funding

5. The visible part of church planting includes:
– branding – much more than logos & letterheads
– social responsibility – different in every community
– discipleship – a culture not just a program or course
– worship services – most visible part of most churches

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”

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