Five years ago, Grace Hills Church was made up of about 35 of us. Last year, our final year meeting in a movie theater, we had an average worship attendance of about 240. And since moving into our current location in January of this year, that average has been 385 with over 400 in five out of the last seven weeks. In November, we’re adding a third morning worship service to accommodate the growth.
Here’s the disclaimer you knew was coming … numbers aren’t everything, as I’ll explain in a moment, but numbers can show us things. As Ed Stetzer likes to say, “facts are our friends.” Outreach Magazine just released its annual list of the nation’s largest and fastest growing churches. Among the fastest growing, the highest rates of growth range from 48% to 187%. Grace Hills’ rate of growth in the last 12 months has been 60%. In that time, we’ve seen 35 people baptized while also launching a daughter church in a neighboring town (and we’re developing two more planters now who will be sent out next summer).
Even as we grow, I’m being cautious. We’re walking carefully through each next step. Here…Continue Reading