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Their Parents

Our FamilyBiological church growth results from raising and retaining the children of members within the church. Biological growth is in nature defined as "the exponential growth of biological organisms." In terms of the church, this kind of growth rarely happens except in close-knit communities where the church is the source of social activity, community, and entertainment as well as being the religious focal point in an area or town. Strangely, in recent times, this activity has declined rapidly with the fall in the mainline congregations. The Baptists, Mennonites, and Pentecostals who all seem to work hard at developing close-knit family groups seem to have done better than other mainline churches like the Anglicans, United or Roman Catholic Churches. The key seems to be in developing and keeping their own young people and friends in the life of the church through to the early twenties.

Biological Evangelism

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) the American Christian pastor, emphasized the parallel truth that organization is not always 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." An essential part of developing youth ministry seems to be to encourage teenagers and children to accept Christ and so share the faith, values and Christian life of their parent's faith.

Reject Parents Values

CongregationMost young adults in churches today tend to reject the concept of biological growth because they wouldn't want to go to their parent's church any more than their parents would like to 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 congregation to another. This can be very confusing for the local people involved and for the institution too!

"Biological Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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