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Effective Long Term

EagleChurch obesity seems to have been the major form of church growth in many churches in recent years. There are at least two forms of obesity growth that can occur. First, it happens in the "social" type of church. Here, the people major on big dinners, bingo bonanzas, and picnic parties, in fact, anything that raises money to keep the church going. The idea is that you invite people into a free meal or to a play or to receive some kind of entertainment and hope that they will stay long enough to make church members. The fellowship of church believers becomes little more than an exclusive club meeting on the church premises. Someone has commented, "Many church clubs don't even have God as a member!" Evangelism Growth, however, is the sole vehicle for lasting church growth. Evangelism growth seeks to add meaning to life for those people within the church and endeavors to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others outside.


Evangelism Growth should result in expansion both inside and outside the church. Inside, church members are personally deepened and challenged as the Gospel is preached, lived out and the Scriptures unfolded. Outside, in being so inspired these Christians to want to share this same wonderment with others. As The Rev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788) the English leader of the Methodist movement expressed it in one of the 6,000 or so hymns that he wrote, "My chains fell off, my heart was free. I rose, went forth and followed Thee."

"Church Obesity"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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