Church growth doesn’t just mean bigger congregations. Gary Krause thinks new, smaller groups of Adventist believers can better support the church’s focus on community and mission.
The Seventh-day Adventist church began as church planting movement, it’s continued to grow as it has focused on church planting. In the future, if we plan to continue growing we must keep the focus on starting new congregations. Back in 1990 when Global Mission began it was focusing on starting new congregations in some of the world’s most difficult and challenging areas. You know, some people say, “well why don’t we just try build up existing churches?” Well that is great, we need to focus on that but as we look at growth around the world today, it is not coming from just existing churches growing – it is coming from focusing on starting new groups of believers just like in the book of Acts.
Research has shown over and over again that as churches grow, as they become older, they start becoming focused inward and not outward. A study not so long ago showed that churches one to three years of age – it takes three church members to bring one new believer into the church but if a church is at ten years or older, it takes eighty five church members to bring one church member in. Church planting keeps our focus on the community, on mission, and thank you for your prayers and support for church planting around the world.