Healthy Churches and Christian Growth

From Mark Dever’s Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, p. 214-215:
“A healthy church has a pervasive concern with church growth–not simply growing in numbers but growing members. A church full of growing Christians is the kind of church growth I want as a pastor. Some today seem to think that one can be a “baby Christian” for a whole lifetime. Growth is seen to be an optional extra for particularly zealous disciples. But be very careful about taking that line of thought. Growth is a sign of life. Growing trees are living trees, and growing animals are living animals. When something stops growing it dies.

“Growth may not mean that you negotiate this rapid in half the time you negotiated the last; it may simply mean that you are able to continue in the right direction as a Christian, regardless of the adverse circumstances. Remember, it is only the things that are alive that swim upstream; the dead things all float along with the current.”

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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