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Growing ComplexityChurches are social institutions.

As a result, the more people who join a church, the greater the complexity of social management. Churches often overlook this fact and mistakenly believe that growth will make all things better.

I’ve been a part of pastoral teams in which we believed the magical elixir of growth would solve our problems. I know first hand what it’s like to ride the wave of growth from under 200 members to over 500 and then back down to 250. I know the sting of realizing the atrophy had nothing to do with a crisis. We simply grew beyond our ability to manage the growth.

Growth always brings with it a greater level of complexity. This is why growth is a goal, not a solution.

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preachingThere was a time when a pastor with little management effort could grow a church if he was a decent communicator.

No longer.  Today it takes more than good preaching to sustain the growth of a church.  It also takes good leading.

Now more than ever pastors have to preach on Sunday and lead Monday through Friday.

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