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  1. Koshilning Maring July 17, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thank you pastor Rick for your steps for growing church. I have learned many things inside. May God bless you. Again one thing I would like to connect with you and your ministry to help one of the local church dying for many years. The name of the church is Bethel Church. The is totally manipulated by their local pastor later who went to Westminster ministry and the church members are totally innocent and less education. Only few members are remaining so they need more suggestions for how to grow the church from dying church to living church. At the same time the members are too slow in understanding and having lack of unity. Plz kindly pastor do help me to strengthen that church.
    Thanks

  2. Bright Beckley July 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Pastor Rick Warren God richly bless you for the message which gave me much enlightenment.l ask God’s annointing upon your life.

  3. I’m highly favoured for these points they are really true

  4. ajibola philip June 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Great work

  5. Pastor David T. Williams June 29, 2016 at 9:25 am

    THANKS, PASTOR RICK. I THINK YOUR POINTS ARE WORTH FOLLOWING FOR EXCELLENT RESULT. BUT DON’T YOU THINK THE TERRAIN ALSO HAS MUCH TO DO WITH CHURCH GROWTH?

  6. Ronke Adegbile June 25, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks a lot, that was so enlightening remain blessed

  7. Raymond Sogah June 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Thanks Pastor. Am so enlightened

  8. That’s powerful pastor ,I’m so blessed by your teaching ,God bless you in Jesus name

  9. You lost me at #4, the first 3 are pretty good, but I defy you to find the biblical precept for “putting another hook in the water”.

    How bout we live the gospel in word and deed and make disciples. You don’t even mention discipleship and it was Jesus’ greatest charge in our lives. Just more rhetoric to convince christians to cannibalize one another and steal sheep from the church down the street.

    Don’t be fooled folks church growth does not hinge on where you meet or planning to have BIG days. Every day is BIG day in the Kingdom of God

  10. I am a Bishop of Zionist church,our congregation strength fluctuate every Sunday,when I am not around many don’t come to church service,

  11. Rick I would like for you to expound upon #8 please.

  12. Adeyeba Ereola Timothy May 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Pastor Rick, May God Bless U. I’m A poor Nigerian Yet God Showed Me To Go To Saint Petersbug And Start A Church There. Suprisingly, I Live In One Village In Nigeria Without Help. No One Even Take Notice Of Me. How Can Such Vission Come True? Do You Have Any Advice Or Help For Me?

  13. MANEX MWANAMUKANKA May 12, 2016 at 1:01 am

    blessed day pastor

    am humbled for the powerful word.may the God lord bless you.

    with thanks

  14. Samuel Kwasi Gbormenu May 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you Pastor Rick. God richly bless you. I am a police officer in Ghana ,West Africa who has a congregation of 60 . My prayer is that you help me with materials to assist me build the Church of God. My ambition is to go into full time ministry in two years time. Am so grateful . Minister Samuel Gbormenu. Accra, Ghana,

  15. Well tank you the book it really was amazing I just came back to God after many years of hard stuber worldy thinking I just came back God and thinking of trying to get ordained I do got really amazing testimonies I no God is only reason I am here alive he book help me so much long with mom praying for me I would like wright u my story God bless keep you

  16. Édouard KALAKUKO KYETILE May 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I’m glad to réadaptation thé 8 steps crowth church .I Will take à moment to shar them Witherspoon anothers friends in Christ. Personelly I Will explan IT.
    I tank Pastor Rick for your teaching.May m’y God bless you.

  17. pastor praise Ajor April 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thank you sir for this wonderful revelation about church growth. May the Lord increase you on every sides.

  18. Thank you Father Warren for all you teach. I sure will be able to use them for growing my Church. Please pray for my church as we struggle and labor to grow.

  19. Rev. Samuel Olusegun Agosu April 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Dear Pastor Rick, thanks for this message. By God’s grace I have follow many of your teachings for years and it has bless me and change my perspective about ministry. God bless you richly in Jesus name.
    Sir can I have your email for ?

  20. Kingsley Theophilus April 27, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Pastor,
    These ideas will certainly grow any church.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  21. Isaac Boateng Antwi April 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Fanatic , Rick these 8points for Church Growth are very Impactful.
    Grateful for sharing. Amen.

  22. Man of GOD may theLord bless you.

  23. Rev Desmond Chukwuemeka April 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you , I fill becoming growing already
    I wish I could get more Ideas from you by getting
    Some relevant tools for Church growth because I have
    a Church I have been running it over ten years now but
    much happen there so I more ideas from you.

  24. Excellent insights about church growth. Kindly post any further materials to me. I am hungry to see God use me to bring many to Christ.

  25. Thank you. This was helpful.

  26. Pastor Themba Mbothwe April 11, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Thank you for this motivation man of the most High God .May the almighty continue to use more and more

  27. Thank you so much for this information.

  28. Ohwofusu Emmanuel February 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    more grace sir,i enjoyed your material.God gave me a ministry newly that has not be commission but i believe God very soon it will start by his grace.sir i need your prayers and impactation with counseling.

  29. pastor richard barnes February 15, 2016 at 8:37 am

    pastor warren this is pastor pastor barnes in evansville in the information was
    very helpful would you come to evansville?

  30. Thank you pastor. This is break through for me

  31. Sir, more anointing in Jesus’ name

  32. Thank you Pastor Rick.. I am encouraged as a Pastor and the article is so uplifting.

  33. When rick started his church, did he do alot of oureaches like passing out flyers?

  34. Thank you Rick, this is very helpful, we have been praying for some helpful ideas

  35. This was a great article. Try Churchpalm.com they’ve helped our church grow its finances, thus it has helped grow our church!

  36. Where does the idea come from that the church is to focus on the number of chairs filled? If the pure, uncompromised Word of God is preached, they will come. The church service like the Bible is for BELIEVERS. We must quit dumbing down the message to make seekers more comfortable. It’s when we are uncomfortable with our sin that we come to Christ. He comes through a broken heart not a contented one. Charles spurgeon never cared for the comfort of his
    Congregation. Frankly this whole seeker thing is an affront to The Lord.
    These are the days and this is the false teachings The Lord warned about.
    Where is prayer, where is prayer, where is prayer?

  37. Thank you Rick, this is very helpful, we have been praying for some helpful ideas. We have already discussed multiple services and special events but to have the pastor delegatesome of his duties , with his leadership of course, thats just what I think is needed here. Thanks again and God bless!

  38. I am sad to see that prayer was not mentioned as part of this list; however, I think also we often forget that a hindrance to church growth is the distinction between gaining in attendance and making disciples. To effectively grow we must be making disciples that continually work to produce other disciples. More often or not we find that we are great at making “converts”, using that term very loosely, but horrid at making biblical disciples. This is not to say that this is the case at large churches as Saddleback Church. In fact I believe the principles that Rick Warren has shared with us are a great reminder; however, I believe we must remember to keep the main thing the main thing.

  39. prayer is the answer to helping a Church grow.

  40. Keep it coming. What you share WORKS…I’m a living witness. It’s sad however how some just criticize EVERYTHING…They are Christian Professional Critics – they do their job well.

  41. Wow I just can’t believe that there is nothing here about prayer effort? That’s where the real power is. We need to make sure we are more God driven than man driven.

  42. Profound principles here! #1 and #6 really stand out to me, but they’re all very helpful.

  43. I really appreciate the reminder that growth begins with our desire and the practical reminders that we must be willing to make structural and systemic changes. I think there are three deeper questions worth asking as well:
    1. Why do you want to change? Too much of our growth is motivated by a desire for ‘success.’ If you’re not making radically devoted followers out of the people you have, is your desire for growth likely motivated by a desire for making new followers?
    2. Growth at what cost. We are also called to worship and fellowship. I agree that these are NOT to become more important that seeing the lost found, but are to be held in harmony.
    3. Is growing your church in one place the healthiest way for you to grow? What is your leadership capacity? Can you impact the kingdom more by sending new congregations vs building bigger?

    Thank you Rick and pastors.com for your incredible support. May God Bless you and your family.

  44. Mine Oh mine this is profound, yet simple. How I wish there is a way to share this with all pastors who are becoming depressed because all their effort at seen their churches grow has not yielded enough results. Thanks God bless U!

  45. Lawrence Onochie April 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Thanks a lot Pastor Warren for sharing this simple but profound truth.

  46. I love to hear from you again.

  47. And #9 (which should be #1) … Prayer

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