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

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

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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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

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

  15. I love to hear from you again.

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

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