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Transfer Economic Climate 18

Results from Evangelism

Jesus carries a SheepA change in the economic climate of an area can also result in transfer growth. Bermondsey in South London in England had been populated until recently with elderly people. Their children had always wanted to better themselves and invariably moved to the suburbs to get new homes until a downturn in the economy came along. Suddenly, enthusiastic young married couples came flooding back into the area where they could afford the housing. The local church was given a grand influx of new members without really trying. This is transfer church growth. Most churches have new families who transfer in and out from time to time but generally this does not lead to transfer church growth. The problem is that it can just as easily reverse itself and become "transfer church decline" should the circumstances change. This growth is largely beyond our control, but there is another type of growth that can occur that is not good for us either. This I call fatness growth.✞

Prodigal Son

Prodigal is greeted by his fatherThe Sunday school teacher had been telling the story of the prodigal son. "The elder brother was angry," she said, "because the prodigal was getting such preferential treatment." After explaining the story thoroughly the teacher asked one little boy, "Was anyone sorry that the prodigal son had returned?" For a moment the child hesitated and then answered, "Yes, the fatted calf."

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