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This is one practical outworking of a commitment to keep in step with the Spirit Galatians on a daily basis. Whenever we have the opportunity to pray and minister to people we should be paying attention to Holy Spirit prompts and impressions. We may experience physical sensations or emotions that point our ministry in the right direction. Perhaps the Lord allows us to feel what he is feeling for that person, or we get insight into their pain or brokenness.

As with all forms of revelation we need to be disciplined in asking God for the interpretation and application. A God-conscious lifestyle is one that delights in the smallest of touches or impressions. Have a go at tuning in to his quiet nudges and prompts. Where is his peace leading you? Last month I had the privilege of travelling to the city of Novi Sad in Serbia to lead a prophetic conference with a team from the Netherlands.

The Holy Spirit had established a warm cross-European connection between our two churches the year before. Since the Orthodox Church is the main denomination, with strong ties to the state government, there is very little acceptance of other expressions of the Christian faith. Especially because Eastern Europe completely missed out on the Reformation, this Protestant church is considered a religious sect. Understanding this, it was quite amazing to see about a hundred people attending the conference. People came not only from this church but also from smaller churches near the Croatian and Bosnian border.

It was really remarkable to be part of this conference, where so many people, men and women, young and elderly came together with a hunger for more of Jesus. The desire that we felt in the congregation to draw closer to Him was so inspiring and moving. We were so encouraged to hear many stories of people hearing God and stepping out in prophecy for the first time. During the conference there were several moments when we were asked to mix up and get into groups of two or three people in order to put theory into practice. At one point I formed a group with an elderly lady and a teenage girl, and we were asked to listen to God for prophetic words for each other.

And then, at first hesitantly but then more and more confidently, she started describing an image that she had for the girl in our group. It was very vivid and rather detailed. The girl was really was touched by the picture, and was certain that she should devote this to her personal prayers to receive more insight on it so that she could fully understand it. There were many experiences like this: people whose relationship with Jesus is very strong and loving, but who, up till now, were ignorant of the way God speaks to us to encourage others.

It really humbled me that only a few nudges and simple encouragements were sufficient to activate that communication with Jesus. This also became clear to me right before the conference started.


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What image or words of knowledge do You want us to pass on to this person? And with my eyes closed, I saw her standing on a pedestal, with her arms open wide, face up towards a beaming light. In this image, the expression on her face was of pure joy — it looked like she was fully soaking up the warmth and the light.

She smiled with her eyes closed and she looked so happy. I was drawn to tears because of this precious moment. I asked her why she looked like that, what happened to her at that moment. That touched me deeply. Prophecy was something that she never had received teaching in. But her relationship with Jesus was so apparent and intimate, that she only needed a bit of biblical reference and confirmation in order to activate the heavenly communication. Sharing with her the vision that I had about her was just a confirmation of what she already grasped.

How does God speak to you? What spiritual language does the Holy Spirit use to bring his revelation to you? This may be a simple, still image or it could be a moving picture like a scene from a movie. Sometimes it will be very hazy, as if we have just glimpsed something out of the corner of our eye; at other times it may be incredibly sharp and detailed. Sometimes the picture will come to us fully formed, at other times it may emerge slowly. I often have the experience of a prophetic picture slowly coming into focus, as if I were trying to focus on something through a camera lens.

Rather I need to stay in a place of receptivity, patiently waiting for the picture to fully emerge. Another important principle that God has taught me about the visual dimension of prophecy is that pictures and visions are an invitation to a conversation: they should be a relational , not functional, experience.

In fact they are doorways to an encounter with God. If the Holy Spirit gives you a prophetic picture, see it as an opportunity to meet him and go deeper with him, rather than a puzzle to be solved. There is a real joy to be found in exploring prophetic pictures and visions with the Holy Spirit. Let him take you by the hand and go on a journey of discovery into all that you are seeing. Focus in on some details and ask him questions. Enjoy simply dwelling in the revelation a while. The subject of how to interpret prophetic pictures and visions is an important one.

An example of this would be receiving a prophetic picture of a bunch of flowers because God wants you to know that he loves you. Interpretation is a very important aspect of the first category. For many prophetic people, receiving the visual revelation is the easy part; the challenge is discerning the right interpretation. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen , since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. The Bible speaks to us of two worlds: the physical, material world and the spiritual world, and as Christians we need to be engaging with both realities.

There are many biblical accounts of people being shown aspects of the spiritual realm, such Elisha and his servant seeing the heavenly army in 2 Kings , and the many encounters with angels described throughout scripture. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and John all had visions of God on his throne in heaven with many similar details. Paul even writes about being caught up to the third heaven 2 Corinthians Ezekiel had a series of remarkable visions and heavenly encounters, and does his best to describe the indescribable:.

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it I fell face down… Ezekiel But we too can be expectant for glimpses of the realm of glory. We can start by simply asking God for them, and then meditating on passages of scripture that describe visions of God, Jesus and heaven.

The next time you are in a time of corporate worship, ask the Lord to give you a fresh revelation of his glory. Ask him to show you what is happening in heaven right now. He loves to speak through the ordinary and everyday, especially through the beauty of the natural world. We just need to slow down enough so that we can properly pay attention and look. God is the great Communicator, but to tune in to his revelation requires us to be active and alert, to be practiced observers — ready to peer in whenever the veil is drawn back. We need to have eyes to see. Unveiling; disclosure; uncovering; exposure; when something is made known that was previously secret or hidden.

When I think about the word, I see it as describing the essence of communication between God and man. When we stop and think about it, it is extraordinary that we might have any kind of access to the mind of Almighty God. As he declares in Isaiah ,. Yet despite the huge gulf between the mind of the Creator and the human mind, the Bible makes it clear that God readily chooses to communicate with people and unveil his thoughts to us.

In fact revelation is inherent to the very nature of God. Throughout the biblical narrative God speaks to people: through creation, through angels and other supernatural experiences, but primarily through his voice. We know that all creation bears testimony to God and speaks of his majesty, but we can also understand revelation as connection points between the physical world and the supernatural kingdom of God: points in space and time where we get glimpses of the realm of glory.

God is very good, and it is his good intention that his people have access to his heart, mind and will. But we need never settle for silence. He will never be completely hidden from us. As followers of Jesus our primary identity is that of children of God, and a growing understanding of this identity is key for receiving revelation. We have to change the way we think and choose to live in the truth of our spiritual adoption. We are sons and daughters of a perfect heavenly Father who wants the very best for us and desires that we should hear his voice.

After all, fathers like talking to their children. One of the wonders of the New Covenant that we belong to is that God has given us his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. A fundamental part of his ministry is to search out the deep hidden things of God and unveil them to us.

He speaks directly to our spirits and in this way reveals things to us that our natural eyes or ears could never perceive. We can walk with him daily, talking to him and listening to him, seeing the world from his perspective. We learn his ways and see what he sees. Jesus provides us with a wonderfully clear picture of what revelation is supposed to look like in the life of a disciple when he describes himself as the Good Shepherd in John This is the Shepherd with a voice, and with sheep that know this voice above all others.

Could we look at this in a different way? What if churches grew by adding many small congregations? Is that what the denominations are doing today? To understand this we would need to see data from the denominations to really know what is happening out. Also, what if growth from the inside was more important than growth on the outside? Are attendance numbers really the ultimate measure of success?

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Are spiritual needs being met? Are people growing in a relationship or in a religion? Does this change as more people fill the church building? My dilemma is simply this. Truly healthy things grow, and the thrust of the mission of the church is outward. As a result, growing past should seem inevitable. At least from where I sit. Hope that clarifies a bit. Thanks again! I agree that reproduction should be an outcome but maybe we need to keep an open mind that a specific number in one congregation may not be the critical measure of success.

We need to embrace other growth measures and not exclude individual growth. What are the members doing and how are the impacting lives of those around them? Is bigger really better in this situation? I agree. Demographics must also be a consideration. We live in a small town with a very high number of churches per capita. We strive to make a difference in the community, even if those people we serve do not ever attend our church. Great thoughts here, especially in terms of strategy and scaling. A healthy organism grows and a healthy church, in theory, should grow. But how do we measure growth in terms of discipleship, impact on the community, depth of relationships, and etc.

I am convinced strong organizational leadership will lead to numerical growth, i. Willow Creek was very strong organizationally, hence. Also, I do wonder why Jesus did not create an organization of weekly attendance in the Gospels although he did have organizing principles, i. I am honestly searching and asking hard questions, not trying to be negative or critical.

I think discipleship can be measured in different ways. Bottom line, I think our understanding of discipleship is broken. The biggest question for me is whether people look more like Christ or less like Christ years into their journey. If they look more like Christ growing in faith, knowledge, love and wisdom then your discipleship strategy is probably working. The church in Corinth makes Willow look mature, and yet the church in Corinth was a church God loved, God used and God called to keep growing.

Hope this helps!

Carey, I have not read your book. I only hope that, unlike your article and 8 reasons, it has some references to the main reasons that churches reach a cap. As old fashioned as it may seem today, I believe that the issue is really a lack of kingdom-growth motivation. By that I mean there is no reason for a church that is sold-out to the Great Commission to ever suffer from plateau syndrome!

We have the keys to the kingdom and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to witness to those around us and the whole world about the Lord Jesus and His salvation. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. The true Church is the body of Christ which carries on the goal of Christ…to seek and to save that which was lost, namely the souls of men.

A simple testament to the Christ-likeness of any church fellowship is: how many members does it take to produce one convert? Pretty scary for most churches! Many of these observations are true in larger churches, too: I am the interim pastor of a church with 1,, which is less than it was ten years ago. Many people here are involved with congregational care, yet I still believe it is important for some of my time to be available for pastoral counseling and homes and hospital visitation.

It is one way I feel the spiritual pulse, and it grounds me when I have to make difficult or unpopular decisions. I am a Congregationalist and I believe the Holy Spirit is revealed through group process, and can be diminished by hierarchical structures of authority.

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They all have value; some lack intention. Might I add the following: Marketing. This is assuming the church is rock solid, sermons are inspiring and Christ-centered. The congregation old old and dying off and I find this alarming. There is acknowledgement that the younger generations are passing us by yet the leaders will only allow a pittance ea.

The result is a church that is dying not through lack of Christ, but through age and mortality. I pay very little attention to marketing possibly because I currently live check to check how well does church marketing work? In my view, great marketing helps a great idea or product spread, and it makes a bad product fail faster David Ogilvy.

I cannot imagine any non-believer motivated to check out any of the churches I hear advertised on the radio. I suspect the only effective advertising for a church is word of mouth coupled with the community seeing the church working in the community. I suspect advertising to the wider non-believer community would be more successful for events such as Christmas Carols, Easter or ministries like Alpha which help them more with questions they are asking rather then a church program.

It is alarming to me the lack of Christians who do not see money changing in the Temple. Evangelicalism has become idolatrous. Look at the mega churches! When did our ruler for success start to pattern the world? I started reading this article and God spoke Ezekiel chapter 8 to me—idolatry in the temple. The great commission is not God. They talk about the Word of God, about prophecy, and they salt their soothing messages with a lot of Scripture.

But there is a falseness in what they preach. They are not preaching the Cross or holiness and separation. They make no demands on their followers. They seldom speak of sin and judgment. They abhor the very mention of suffering and pain. By that notion, the early church would have had to be shut down.

It grew by in a single day. The Holy Spirit moved. The early church also had dysfunction stemming from any number of issues we still have today. Structure is all over the scriptures…Exodus 18, Acts And if you study the universe, God is a God of math, order and meaning. Big churches loose site on the sheep and relationship.

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Big churches cannot disciple as God intended. Big churches are more about to the business affairs of the building and not the burdened affairs of the body. When God saved the multitude, it was to show His power to the community that He is God. Today things have not changed. Man still wants what he wants when it comes to the business in the man made temple called church that God does not dwell nor has any part in. Sin will have to come to a head before His return. It would be in our best interest to go to the streets to seek the lost, help them grow in the faith of our Savior and to be ready Spiritually at all times.

This is better done without the interference of religion. In fact spreading the gospel and discipling sheep will be better achieved without idolatrist mindsets. Its up to the faithful to GO and obey. What we see in churches today that have gone the way of the world with their ministries and church growth movement ploys, I believe is the great falling away from the gospel and faith in Christ to lead His church.

God is in the business of reaching His people and leading His people home by His Spirit, not seeing how many come to a church building. God is way bigger than mans ideas to do anything of material substance. This is where the Focus is lost. Thank you for this article. I read the book you recommended about breaking the two hundred barrier back when I was a youth pastor anticipating moving to the lead pastor role.

Now that I have just begun as a senior pastor I am re reading this article and I am convinced you hit the nail on the head. Thank you again. I wish every church leader read it! A great book and one to keep on your shelf and close at hand! Great article by the way. Let God take care of the growth, our churches have enough to do learning how to love people as God loves them. Love the sentiment behind this Jim, but even the early church had to reorganize to respond to growth Acts 6. So did Moses Exodus 18 , and clearly Jesus was concerned with organization and impact, dividing his many disciples into groups of 70, 12, 3 and 1.

Be bold with that truth, Jim. When Jesus started preaching a hard Gospel to swallow many of his disciples deserted him. I am so sick of hearing about strategies, programs and anointed worship leaders. Where is the worship of God? An absolutely fantastic post, Carey. Thanks for speaking so much truth into my life and leadership. Thank you so much — but please help me a little more.

You say: 2. The leaders lacks a strategy but what must I do to form a strategy? I think I have the other parts clear — but — please help me to form a strategy! Also, this blog is full of strategy tips.

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I appreciate this article greatly. Just discovered your great blog! Having just lead a congregation well past the barrier this year I agree with what you listed as possible barriers. I agree that prayer is essential. There are a lot of dying churches in which people are faithfully praying. You made a great point in a comment you made saying, a healthy church grows. Ask a farmer, does a damaged plant grow, or do only healthy plants grow? Some churches are just simply healthy, fine, and well because they obey God and are well rooted in. Others are damaged, injured, and ruined because they disobey God and arent well rooted Him.

Simply put, we have to obey God if we desire to grow and be healthy. Carey — I very rarely comment on blog articles, but this was powerful. Great stuff, and very true. This was really on point, thanks for sharing. But our pastor has worked with a lot of struggling small churches over the years, and thinks this list is pretty good. Carey, I am going to email these points for reference later. Thanks for your courage in publishing. Numerical growth is not a tell tale sign of success. Sometimes superficial growth come by itching ear preaching.

If I feed your flesh physical bread you gain crowds but when you take it to another level and teach eat the Spiritual Bread of commitment and Lordship you lose crowds John I agree with you completely there!

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But neither does being a small church make it holy and spiritually successful. Sometimes that calling is hampered by practical things such as poor leadership, thinking and habits that hinder growth, some of the points listed above by Carey, and more. But you are right that growth by itself does not suggest that a church is spiritually healthy! Derek…you said what a lot of people are thinking. Small is not an excuse for ineffective. Appreciate that! This, largely, describes nearly all the churches I served over 19 years as a OD other denomination pastor in an UMC conference. Granted many of those are in rural areas with declining populations.

Currently I am a chaplain and do not serve in a church. I have no desire to attend a large church, the very thought gives me shudders. How can anyone be comfortable in much less worship in such a setting? My point is we need churches of all sizes because each of us is different. Norman…thanks for all your years of serving in the church. We need to emphasize church health. Healthy things grow. Some faster, some slower, but they grow. We need to see churches that are inwardly strong and outwardly focused; not inwardly focused and outwardly weak.

But the parable of the talents teaches that we must be faithful and fruitful.

https://cz.ufilyfujedim.cf I handle printed materials, electronic methods of spreading the message, internal information, and outside promotion. I think some miss the point of this article. There are places where a small church with a tight knit community is exactly what God wants. Small towns and rural churches may have a lower number count, but it might still be a high percentage of the area population.

However, if you are running a church that is indeed leading people to salvation, if you are indeed prioritizing the ministry and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ… then your goal should be to reach as many people with that message as you possibly can. Every individual is important to God. Every single one. I have told our Elder Board that my personal goal in external promotion of our church is to make us world famous.

What God wants to allow us to do after that is up to Him and I will accept that. My fear is that in becoming satisfied with a small congregation we are also becoming complacent, we are becoming luke warm in terms of the Grand Commission. He wants to work through us, He does not want us to hold Him back. Let me ask a question, if you are leading people to Christ who do you not want to lead to Him? So then, if you are leading people to Christ why would you not want millions in your congregation? Granted, this is unrealistic in a functional sense… or is it?

Scale it down, thousands then. What if you had the potential to lead even thousands to Christ? Would you take that opportunity? As the congregation builds, build your team. Develop leaders! Develop spiritual care givers! Are people with tattoos welcome in your church? Are people in biker leathers welcome in your church? Are they welcome, truly welcome and made to feel welcome in your church? If you answered no any of those, if you can answer no to any human being… you need to rethink your point of view.

We used to be able to fish with a net. Today we have to fish with a pole and bait. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. There are a thousand more interesting things competing with a persons time in church, and many churches to pick from even if people are looking for a church. I think we can all agree that many churches are not leading people to Christ. If yours is, make sure people know you even exist!! The small city I live in has around churches. Some are very good, some not so much… in terms of teaching the Bible and leading people to Christ.

Allocate budget to advertising. This is where the business model comes in. Unfortunately, what I often see is the Biblicaly sound churches that lead people to Salvation not letting the community know they are there and thus leading only a small number of people to Christ. Their building methods are not necessarily bad but their teaching is empty. Great entertainment though. So, do churches have to grow to be successful. Of course not. There is no doubt in my mind that God wants some churches to remain smaller to do the work He wants done at the particular place.

However, it should still be the goal of every Christian to see absolutely every human being have an opportunity to spend and eternity in Heaven! Why would we want to hold God back from doing that? Are you doing exactly what the Lord wants you to do or are you being lazy? Richard…thank you. You make some great points. You really do. And I appreciate you clarifying once again in this comment thread that I am NOT against small churches. And that leaders who want to introduce more people to Jesus do need to plan to become a larger church.

Thank you Richard! That is, I have no reason to think any of it is a product of Godly realizations. Even if you have other posts that do so, you ought to revise this to include those verses. This reads like a product of human yearning, not a product of Biblical church sustaining. Jeff, Thanks for sharing your view point. A couple of things. I would hope and pray that each of my posts is grounded in scripture and rooted in healthy, historic Christianity. Second, healthy things grow. There is no merit in being small or large. There is no vice in being small or large.

I just think there is merit in being Christ-centered, healthy and effective in your mission, regardless of size. Thank you, I agree. The early church spoke in tongues, laid hands on sick strangers who were healed, and risked death for worship. If you want to read a book, read the Bible. Healthy things grow, as a mantra, is such a deception. We have to stop catering to man and start glorifying God. This nation needs to repent of being like the world with their love of convenience and superficiality.

I am a Deacon at my church of about attendees in So CA. Our advantage is we have a prime location. We have first time visitors every week. You also mentioned its what the church wants to do in the end. Sorry, but this is the usual human rationale aimed at a spiritual matter. NEVER works. I could go on and on but the problem is at the foundation. So called preachers are usually too worldly to make a real difference. We can all talk until we are blue in the face about missional living, engaging culture and being relevant, but unless people come to know Jesus, a church will NEVER grow.

I know a lot of pastors, church planters and the like. Sure, they might be fine communities for fellowship and relationship, but nobody is going to bring their unsaved friend or family member and watch their world get wrecked. Churches like that will never gain any momentum. They will just be placeholders for the body of believers to attend until they find something that is truly making an impact. People need to come to know Jesus.

However, most pastors simply read and share blogs like this simply to make you the sounding board for their internal frustrations. So in essence, your words allow them to be whiny or passive aggressive. The fact is we are in an interesting season in the Church. So when they relocate they seek to find a community that resembles that which they once knew. So now, churches are being filled not with new converts, but with transplants who are in search of something a bit more unintangible. But I keep just hearing such a complaining spirit from pastors who are not able to retain these Christians.

Because that is what they feel defines their church health-attenders. They start preaching for the found and not the lost and fill their sermons with so many cliches you need a decoder ring to decipher it. In no other vocation do I see leaders attribute their level of success on those they are supposed to serve. As A Roman Catholic, I am blessed Gary to be able to say that in almost every town I visit it is not so much a question of is there a community that resembles one I know and love, it is simply what time is Mass on. If you have not been to a traditional Latin Mass, maybe you should consider it.

It is definitely worth it. I was saved in a church of 40 after attending a church of Your implication is not founded in truth, but rather an opinion. Sure, I may be the oddball out, but I know that a small church is probably more in tune with the needs of the individuals than a larger one simply by the dynamics. That is your opinion, and the opinion seems to be based on a pre-conceived notion. I think it catches many. I agree with the premise, but offer alternatives to some of your 8 points. To grow to , the leader must give up knowing everything about everyone.

They must know everything about their associate leaders, and they must train and trust their associate leaders to know everything about everyone else. The skills the leader must develop are no longer solely on leading people, they must learn to lead culture. The comments address the concept of grow-or-die. I believe that is a fundamental reality about humanity and its tribal nature. However, there are multiple models for growth. A church founded on congregational principles will resist growing to because in order to grow to , the church must establish a hierarchy.

An alternative is to treat your congregation as a family and recognize you will have rebellious teenagers. Train them well then let them go free. Encourage a division of the church to plant another church. With an amicable split you will then retain the ability to cooperate on missions. You achieve the objective of growth without having to resort to the tactic of trying to organize This article is so encouraging.

My husband and I are pastors and we re-arranged our Sunday service to allow a faithful minister to have time before each message to share thoughts and sing a few old-time praise songs. This was initially suppose to be short and sweet, but somehow turned to an actual second service with the person opening the bible and preaching their own message. We then would proceed to deliver the message the Lord laid on our hearts. After a couple years of this we had to put it to an end. It made the service too long and gave us much frustration.

I should have listened to the Lord when he told us in the beginning not to allow this, but we were trying not to hurt their feelings. Well needless to say they left the church and took others with them. But we are so liberated and free to do what God has called us to do. I should have listened to the Lord when he told us in the beginning not to allow this, but we were trying not to hurt the feelings of this person a faithful family member.

My husband and I are pastors and we re-arranged our Sunday service not trying to grow the church but felt bound and constricted. Before the message was brought forth, we allowed a faithful minister to have time before each message to share thoughts and sing a few old-time praise songs. Just one last comment from me.. After I am saved then what??? Do I stay at home or go to church?? If I go to church will that not cause some church to grow??? So if I am going to cause a church to grow, which seems to be a bad thing, then maybe I shouldnt get saved and go to church??

Isnt this kinda like the Sin and Grace abounding conundrum???. I was actually at a church that the Pastor and Assoc. New converts and people being brought back into their race.. I was a preacher at a congregation that had that same issue happen…they asked me to resign because I was visiting too many non-members.

I used this article to help with a music theory final and how the demographic of my home town lead to the formation of 17 small churches and the social psychology lead to the formation of one large church. I then attempted to explain how the dynamics of the small churches coupled with the denomination was an explanatory variable to the texture and timbre of the music… that is what you get when you are an accounting major that takes a music theory class.

Anyways thanks for the article! I would like to know who won this argument, and could sum all this up. Come on guys, God is not the author of confusion. Who is convincing who of what? My head is spinning. Love all you guys! This is an incredible and challenging article. Thank you for taking the time to distill and write for others of us to grow and lead. It amazes me that you take the time out to answer each of your critics… I love your blogs and just recently came across them. I think you articulate the things that many of us pastors think but just have never systematically written down!

It comes down to leadership- there are leaders and then there are followers.

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Thank you for this thoughtful article. Hi Carey, thanks for sharing your thoughts. But even Cancer grows! Apparently, you have good intentions, but you seem to erroneously equate church growth with numbers the way political economics talk about job numbers. By so, you advance carnal methods and undermine the place of sanctification and the leading of the Holy Spirit even in small churches. While I do not believe it is your intention, you subtly undermine small churches as somewhat failing churches You have denied that.

Your goal seems to place emphases on the number part as an evidence of the salvation part. Have you not thought how wrong your hypothesis possibly is? Lastly, while growth can be an evidence of soul winning, the caveat is that, with the increasing taste for worldly desires these days, and if 2 timothy is anything to go by, such growth can also be a product of world friendly messages and strategy. I appreciate your correction, but Christ died and rose again to draw people to himself.

But I hope and pray every post has a deep and real scriptural and orthodox rooting. Thanks for your characteristically respectful response. And of course, the church should grow. A church may be small for reasons outside strategic failings of the pastor s. It may even be that its in a big city that is characteristically hardened against Christianity, and so even their genuinely saved members is a huge achievement.

They may be related, but they are not necessarily correlative. We just cannot correlate a small church with not drawing enough men to God, simply for being a small church; while also acknowledging that, that could be the case I admit. Even a so-called large church may be full of unsaved people who are attracted to e. But I understand where you are coming from. Ken, thanks for the nuance here. I think we largely agree.

There are larger unhealthy churches and for sure, smaller healthy ones. Carey, I posted earlier but wanted you to know that I appreciate your work and engaging us in these very relevant topics. Great thinking comes from a great challenges. Be blessed. I admire your calm responses.

However, on a general note, you have good intentions, but you seem to erroneously equate church growth with numbers the way political economics talk about job numbers. All of them are rooted around […]. Here are some reasons — Perhaps God in His sovereignty desires that some churches remain under Perhaps He does for reasons beyond our understanding. Perhaps He measures success differently than us and numbers are not as big of a deal to him. Perhaps a pastor who is the primary caregiver is exactly what that church needs in that place and and time.

Many of your points are solid and good; however, the assumption that if a church is not growing numerically, over and financially well off it is not fulfilling its purpose and bringing glory to God, is at best asserting a modern American success cultural bias that comes more from business than the Bible. Thanks Darian.

But I do think many have the potential to and that God, in his sovereignty, desires that the church should grow. Scripture makes the clear. Hence the post. In fact, many business leaders have discovered godly principles that church leaders have forgotten. So how can we start to make the gift of prophecy more normal in our church contexts? Talk about prophecy in such a way that it becomes a part of everyday conversation. Give people access to your inner world of communication with God.

Tell your stories, both successes and failures, as you learn to step out with the gift of prophecy. And then work out what a faithful response should be. I love being in a church community where prophecy has become normalised. This supernatural gift of God has become natural. Sometimes we just know something because we know something. Another way to describe this is as a Spirit-to-spirit connection : deep calling to deep. A great first step is to learn to monitor our internal sense of peace.

This first of all means learning to recognise the peace, and then monitoring it regularly: in every decision we make and path we take we ask ourselves where the peace of Christ is leading us. And the more I practice responding to them the more I learn how to weigh them because, as with all prophetic experiences, they need to be tested!

This is one practical outworking of a commitment to keep in step with the Spirit Galatians on a daily basis. Whenever we have the opportunity to pray and minister to people we should be paying attention to Holy Spirit prompts and impressions. We may experience physical sensations or emotions that point our ministry in the right direction. Perhaps the Lord allows us to feel what he is feeling for that person, or we get insight into their pain or brokenness.

As with all forms of revelation we need to be disciplined in asking God for the interpretation and application. A God-conscious lifestyle is one that delights in the smallest of touches or impressions. Have a go at tuning in to his quiet nudges and prompts. Where is his peace leading you? One thing that has helped me in my own journey of hearing God better is the realisation that most of the time God speaks in whispers. Most of us live in a very noisy world, full of competing voices and a myriad of distractions, so we have to be very intentional about creating space and a quietened heart to hear him.

Yes, he may talk in whispers, but these whispers have the ability to resound deeply in our spirits, and they are full of light and wisdom. The Bible teaches us that there is a lot of power in spoken words after all, God created the world through his voice , and I think we sometimes need to be much bolder in speaking out the words that the Lord gives us. After all, the One we worship has the answer to every question we could ever ask:. I love to sit in a quiet place with my journal, and after a time of simple prayer and worship, start to write down my conversation with the Father. Sometimes the answers come straight away; sometimes they emerge over time as I take note of the different things he draws my attention to in scripture and as I go about my daily life.

As well as journaling there is also the habit of asking questions of God in the moment, throughout the day. How can I join in? The ability to discern his voice from our own thoughts grows as we step out in faith and act on the whispers. There is something very special about being able to hear and speak the word of the Lord. September 25, Leave a comment. So the next time God speaks to you, for you, how about asking yourself these two questions: How do I start to step into this in a very practical way over the next few days?

Who am I going to be accountable to? August 21, Leave a comment. As we seek to get greater clarity, good questions to ask are: Why has God brought me this revelation at this time? What are his purposes? What scripture is relevant? What truth does God want me to get hold of? June 26, Leave a comment. When did you last hear God speak to you? What did his voice sound like? Was it like the sound of mighty waters? Or as quiet as the gentle whisper? Be expectant: cultivate your faith that God will speak to you!

We choose to be fully present in the moment. May 29, Leave a comment. Isaiah God speaks. It should be a relational, not functional, experience. Responding: working out the application and what it looks like to walk in obedience. April 24, Leave a comment. What do present-day prophets bring to the table? So what do prophets bring and what should they be doing?

One of my favourite verses about the prophetic is found in Acts and gives us a glimpse of how the prophetic role was worked out in the early church: Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. How else do prophets serve the church? What does their brilliant contribution look like? Listen and perceive : prophets are particularly attuned to hear and communicate the heart of God; they ensure the church has eyes to see and ears to hear. Because of their keen spiritual sight they have a key role to play in releasing vision — they see the bigger picture of where God is calling us and enable us to lift our eyes and perceive future potential.

Equip : prophets help people hear God for themselves, so that every follower of Jesus can discern his voice and obey his leading. Orientate : prophets have a deep hunger for God, a passion for his presence, and a desire for everyone to draw closer to Jesus. They are sensitive and alert to compromise and complacency, guarding against idolatry and promoting radical obedience. They are often highly intuitive and can think outside the box. Maintain sensitivity to spiritual warfare : prophets are sensitive to the battle going on in the spiritual realm.

They discern strongholds and equip the church to take authority over the powers of darkness. They speak against oppression and call society to change.