When a business or a new website or even a church experiences a rapid growth in customers, sales or web hits, we can look at that and get excited – and we should! Today we are talking about Church growth. We saw how God grew the early Church in Acts, through the preaching of repentance and forgiveness of sin. And that happens today too. But oh how easy it is to be seduced into thinking church growth is more important that truly discipling and growing people spiritually, and equipping the saints to share the hope we have in Christ. And in the last few decades, we have seen the emergence of the Church Growth Model, sparked by a business guru named Peter Drucker who has trained many of the mega church leaders you see today.
Today we have with us one pastor who has decided that this model is NOT the way to go. Doctor Randy White wrote an article titled, Why I am Leaving the Church Growth Movement, a fantastic article we covered recently on our program. Dr. White has been the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Katy, Texas since August, 2003. He and his wife, Shelley, have been married 25 years and have two grown children.
Dr. White hosts a Bible Study online, and right now there is a study of 1 John that you can do here.
(A disclaimer about our guest, There is another “Pastor” named Randy White, and our guest is not him!)
- Shocking results of the Church Growth model (standupforthetruth.com)
- Why I am Leaving the Church Growth Movement
- NBC News: Elevation Church Manipulates Baptism Call (paulwilkinson.wordpress.com)
- Furtick to kids: Memorize THE CODE (standupforthetruth.com)
- Is it time to abandon church-growth strategies and get back to the Bible? (c3churchwatch.com)
- The “Other” Celebrity Pastor (joshuareich.org)
- Jesus Christ “Superstar?” (standupforthetruth.com)
- Pastor Rick Warren and Emerging Mega Churches (blottingoutgod.com)