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Their Parents

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, this kind of growth rarely happens except in close-knit communities where the church is the source of social activity and entertainment as well as being the religious focal point in an area. Strangely, in recent times, 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 the Roman Catholic Churches. The key seems to be in developing and keeping their young people in the life of the church through to the early twenties.✞

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 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 and Christian life of their parents.✞

Reject Parents Values

Congregation in ChurchMost young adults in churches today tend to reject the concept of biological growth because they wouldn't want to go to their parents' church anymore 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 church to another. This can be very confusing for the local people involved and for the institution too!✞

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

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