• Shane

    It seems my comments keep being deleted. I suppose if you disagree with
    the content of your postings then you are considered unloving and
    divisive. Is that it? I guess if I just gush all over the articles
    then I can push the agenda of site. What a shame.

  • Shane

    Who is responsible for church growth? The church’s purpose is not to grow numerically but to grow spiritually. Was Jeremias ministry flawed? How about Ezekials? If we judge Jesus’ ministry on numeric growth he failed miserably. Our job as shepherds is not to cater to every “felt need” the sheep have. It is to preach and teach the word. Numeric growth praise God, decrees in numbers praise God. Either way numeric growth is NOT an indicator of a healthy church.

  • Bukky Akingbelure

    This is a great insight. May the Lord enrich you the more greatly sir.

  • Julie

    At the risk of starting a debate it concerns me that there is no statement here regarding the role of women in leadership. Women are in leadership and some women like some men do a wonderful job.

    • Julie, we totally agree. This is more of a general article that should really apply to both men and women.

  • Jim Miller

    This is a really thoughtful message. Thanks.

  • Gerald

    I like what you say here. However, I have encountered a problem over and over again. The problem is the Pastor. Some seem to believe if they give control of anything outside of themselves they will loose something. These pastors try to direct all things according to their preferences, without regard for the giftedness of those in their congregation. I have served as an Associate Pastor, Biblical Counselor, and Pulpit Supply Pastor.

  • Kyle Johnson

    “But God teaches us to mobilize every person for ministry – pastors and staff are to equip all believers for the work of the ministry. We have to mobilize every member for ministry. This is leadership development. And this is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission.”

    BOOM! This is great wisdom that will help me always stay focused on EXACTLY what my job is… this is the way I am to serve my church as a small groups pastor. Empower, equip, and encourage new leaders to take that step of faith to take on responsibility. Thanks, Rick!

  • Pastors can’t do it all because God gives apostles, prophets, teachers, and evangelists too “TILL [Gk: ‘Till or until is a time word meaning–indicating the point reached, as far as, i.e. up to a certain point’] WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH …” The pastor will always keep working hard until he accepts and embraces help from all the other expressions of God’s Spirit through gifts in his or her congregation.

    • Shane

      Injecting business philosophy into the church will produce a top down “grid” ecclesiology predicated on numeric growth consequently inhibiting spiritual growth. Contrast that with a biblical ecclesiology which is organic resembling a vine and a trellis. These two principles are not compatible.

  • Louis Austad

    Here. Here..

  • Knoojut

    For the most part I agree to this. But emphasizing on leadership so much always makes me a bit cautious. I think leadership development is both a necessity for churches and one of the biggest temptations for church leaders. It is so hard for a leader to keep asking: what is the purpose of my leadership? A growing church or influence/power? By emphasizing on leadership one might get the idea that learning to lead is the most important in church. And it’s not. Serving is. So I would rather call it ministry development. Leadership is just a part of that. But hey, maybe it’s just semantics… :D

    • Leadership is the prime reason for which we were created. “As Jesus IS, so are WE” says the Apostle John. And Jesus told Pilate, “Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To THIS end [to be King] WAS I BORN [as Jesus is, so are we, since WE ARE ONE with and IN CHRIST], and for this cause came I into the world.” The HIGH calling that Paul was talking about was the REIGN with Him, to be kings under the KING (Rev. 1:6), priests under the High Priest (Rev. 5:10), judges under the Judge (Rev. 20:4, 1 Cor. 6:2-4), lords under the Lord (Rev. 17:14), and saviours under the Saviour (Obadiah 1:21). This servanthood is what Jesus defined as leadership and reigning in Christ. This was the original mandate of Adam and he failed to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion.” This is over creation itself, not over people. A real king serves His Kingdom through relational leadership as Jesus did. Most have a fear over this so they stay away from it even though it is your God-given right to have authority over creation and demons, but not over each other. Jesus gives leadership to some over the body of Christ globally and locally to train them for leadership and ministry that they may positively influence the culture and their communities through serving, helping, ministering, giving, and blessing the nations as we are the Seed of Christ as promised to Abraham. When leadership doesn’t help, unite, bless, serve, oversee, provide correction, wisdom based education then it is not reigning the way Christ did while He walked the earth. Jesus taught with authority. True leadership does everything with the authority and power of Christ to do so, not to dominate, but to serve and bless.

      • Knoojut

        In Romans 12 leadership is being named as just one of gift among others. In no way is the gift of leadership more important than prophecy or ministry. And the very nature of biblical leadership is pointed out by Jesus Himself, washing the feet of the disciples.

        • Shane

          Washing the feet of the disciples was indeed a humble act of servanthood by our Lord however, the larger message was one of sanctification and cleansing from sin. Serving the brethren by teaching sound doctrine, rebuking, instructing, training in righteousness is the thrust of every good servants ministry. We are all on equal footing before God with Christ as our priestly King. The last will be first and the first will be last. Math 23: 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

          • Again the same thing, I’m not disagreeing but we are made low in this life to be glorified with Him in the next. That’s the reason we were created.

        • Not disagreeing but all the instructions Jesus gave us on earth was for this life and in preparation for living the higher calling in Christ Jesus in the next life to reign with Him as Kings, Priest, Judges, Lords, and Saviours. He who is a faithful feet washing servant will become these–kingdom leaders ruling ten cities etc in the next life. We were created to rule with Him if we pass the test of servanthood, humility, not compromising our holiness, being faithful stewards etc.

  • Yes this —> ” If a church is not growing, it is often because something is unhealthy. Healthy things grow.”

    It’s also important to note that growth happens the conditions are right. Consider why things like trees, flowers, plants and even specific types of fruits and vegetables don’t grow in certain places but do others.

    So much wisdom here. Thanks Rick!