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Effective Long Term

EagleChurch fatness growth seemed to have been the major form of church growth in many churches in recent years. There were at least two forms of obesity growth that could occur. First, it happened in the "social obesity" type of church. Here, the people majored on big dinners, bingo bonanzas and picnic parties, in fact anything that raised money to keep the church going. The idea was that you invited people in to a free meal or to a play or to receive some kind of entertainment and hoped that they would stay long enough to make church members. The fellowship of church believers became 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 was the sole vehicle for lasting church growth. Evangelism growth sought to add meaning to life for those people within the church and endeavored to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others outside.✞


Evangelism Growth should have resulted in expansion both inside and outside the church. Inside, church members were personally deepened and challenged as the Gospel was preached, lived out and the Scriptures unfolded. Outside, in being so inspired these Christians wanted to share this same wonderment with others. As The Rev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788) an 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 Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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