Church Growth

Lou Lotz

READ : Revelation 2:18-19

I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. (v. 19)

To the church in Thyatira, the risen Lord said: “Your latter works exceed the first.” What church wouldn’t take pride in that kind of evaluation? You’re getting better. You’re growing.

When we talk about churches that are growing, we invariably talk about size, numbers, money. But I have noticed, in studying these seven letters, that not once is there any mention of the size of the church. Or the number of members. Or the size of the budget. That’s not to say such things are unimportant. But they are secondary. They are part of the support system for our core mission, which is to grow in Christ, to make disciples, to manifest more love, more faith, more service, more endurance.

I know of a church that sends work groups every week out into the community. They operate a food pantry. They remodeled the church basement into apartments to house the homeless. They plowed up the church lawn to create a community garden. Their prison ministry is changing lives. All this from a congregation that puts thirty people in the pews, and that’s on a good Sunday.

“I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.”

PRAYER

Lord, may your church grow in love, faith, service, and endurance. Amen.