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Word from Bill
Dear Pastor or Church Leader,
You have heard it many times, and the two Church Growth Factoids this month are just a reminder once again of this truth. The Gospel is best passed on, and your church is most likely to growth, though personal invitations by friends to friends.
So if we know this is the prime means to make this happen, then the natural question to ask ourself is what kind of tools / ministries do we have in our church which will allow this natural growth to happen? And not that I said allow’ not force, because it is the most natural thing in the world for people to invite their friends to something which is important to them. We just have to give them the means and opportunities to do that.
Small groups are a natural place for this to happen. There are other friendship based ministries out there. How many are your church using? it’s worth really asking the question, of how the unchurched or lost, will find their way into your church.
For the Gospel,
Dr. Bill Miller
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CHURCH GROWTH FACTOIDS:
Take a look at these two Factoids
Factoid #1: How People Get to Church
By Advertisement — 2%
By the Pastor — 6%
By Organized Evangelistic Outreach — 6%
By Friends & Relatives — 86%
Source: (Wagner, C. Peter, ed. Church Growth: State of the Art. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986. P. 53. )
Factoid #2: Initial Attraction to the Gospel
From the Jews for Jesus newsletter:
A person — 47%
Search for truth — 11%
Bible — 8%
Book or other literature — 8%
Supernatural intervention — 6%
Group of believers — 5%
Conviction/Holy Spirit — 4%
Life crisis — 3%
Radio/TV/Movies — 2%
Curiosity — 2% Afterlife/Fear — 1%
No answer — 4%
Source: (Wagner, C. Peter, ed. Church Growth: State of the Art. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986. P. 73.)
These and other Factoids can be found at ChurchGrowth Factoids
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