Biological Church Growth
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Close Knit Communities

Picture showing Our FamilyBiological church growth results from raising and retaining the children of members within the church. Biological growth is defined as "the exponential growth of biological organisms." In terms of the church, growth rarely happens except in close-knit small communities where the church is the source of social activity and entertainment as well as being the religious focal point. Strangely, in recent times, the Baptists, Mennonites and Pentecostals who all seem to develop close knit family communities seem to have done better than other mainline churches like the Anglicans, United or the Roman Catholic Churches in developing and keeping their young people in the life of the church. Though this may vary depending on other factors.✞

Biological Evangelism

Baby in WombBiological church growth is based on people who go to church because they always have, just like their parents and grandparents! A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) emphasized the truth that organization is not enough to produce biological growth. He wrote, "One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a soccer team. The first requisite is life, always."

Reject Parents Values

Congregation in ChurchMost young adults today reject the concept of biological growth because they wouldn't go to their parents' church anymore than their parents would go to their after school club. In certain circumstances, some "biological growth" churches actually grow even though they do nothing. For example, when people follow a charismatic leader or preacher from one church to another. This can be very confusing for the local people involved and for the institution!✞

"Biological Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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