SHOULD CHURCHES CONTINUE TO GROW

By Ken Blue
June 11th, 2010. Filed under: Organization.


By Ken Blue

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Regardless of the choice one makes, we cannot argue with the fact that God wants His church to witness to the lost. If a church is healthy, there should be constant professions of faith and growth in membership. If there are no professions of faith, there is something wrong with the evangelistic ministry. If there is no membership growth, there is something wrong with the organization.

How large should a church be? That is the question. There are those who believe a church should have one hundred or less in membership. Others pick a higher number, but not by much. On the other hand, there are those who see the “sky as the limit.”

I always had my sights on building a large church. The reason, no doubt, was the cultural mentality when we started Open Door, and my own personality. However, I never build the attendance I thought possible. Part of the problem was my own inability. Another, barrier was the size of our building. We were always at 80% capacity, or more. A church seldom grows beyond that percentage.

Although I never realized my vision, I can look back and see how God enlarged the ministry of Open Door in spite of me. This was accomplished by the many men and women who committed to fulltime service and built a ministry for the Lord.

There are 6 men from Open Door who are pastoring or have started churches in Washington State, 3 in Arizona, 1 California, 1 in Nebraska, 1 in Montana, 1 in Florida, 1 in Mexico, 1 in England, 1 Germany, and 1 in Michigan. These are the ones I remember, I am confident there are others. This was not my vision for Open Door, but God had a better plan.

I spoke recently to a pastor who averages about 400 in attendance. He said his goal was to start new churches in the surrounding communities with paid pastors from his church. These pastors and churches would be under the leadership and umbrella of the mother church. The new churches will be called “Campus Churches.” Dr. John Rawlins had a similar setup in Cincinnati, Ohio. He called them “Satellite Churches.”

Personally, I believe the pastor should let the church grow according to God’s increase, and one’s ability to pastor it. However, wisdom and the Holy Spirit may lead the pastor to start other churches with those members who live a great distance from the church.

Because of the cost involved in attempting to build buildings or rent facilities today, it is practically impossible to do it solo. Thus, the idea of starting other churches with existing members and a paid pastor may be the best method for starting new churches. It is an idea worth considering.

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3 Responses to SHOULD CHURCHES CONTINUE TO GROW

  1. Lois M.

    God gave you the vision……and because you were faithful, God took the vision you had and exploded it way beyond Open Door. You taught us that we can be just as faithful as anyone else can be. You practiced what you preached, and thus God showed you what He would do with a faithful man’s work. Your goal was to build a big church. God gave you a church much larger than the average and the Holy Spirit took your work beyond the walls of Open Door Baptist Church, Lynnwood, WA.

    Thank you for the influence your faithfulness had on Mike’s and my life and the lives of my sons and now my grandchildren. You didn’t just help to build other churches, you also helped to build the individual lives of families. You continually worked to bring each one of us to spiritual maturity. We are still ever learning. Thank you.

  2. Lois M.

    God gave you the vision……and because you were faithful, God took the vision you had and exploded it way beyond Open Door. You taught us that we can be just as faithful as anyone else can be. You practiced what you preached, and thus God showed you what He would do with a faithful man’s work. Your goal was to build a big church. God gave you a church much larger than the average and the Holy Spirit took your work beyond the walls of Open Door Baptist Church, Lynnwood, WA.

    Thank you for the influence your faithfulness had on Mike’s and my life and the lives of my sons and now my grandchildren. You didn’t just help to build other churches, you also helped to build the individual lives of families. You continually worked to bring each one of us to spiritual maturity. We are still ever learning. Thank you.

  3. Raydine

    Don’t forget the second generations that are serving GOD as Pastors. I can think of several in our family. And then the Pastors of the third generation and on. God used you to do a work that is way beyond ODBC. It must thrill your heart. GOD is good!

    My family had 8 children that had no hope growing up in a very God less home. With no example before them but the world. You and ODBC, GOD, came into our lives and changed generations forever. Our children have now grow up in Godly homes with Godly examples. Their children are now growing up in Godly homes loving the LORD. If that is not a work for GOD I don’t know what is. Praise GOD!

    Thank you Pastor Blue for your part in all of us! Your reward awaits you in Heaven!

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