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Personal Relationships

Man on GlobeAmos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) the American reformer and educator, wrote "Stay, is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." It was however also a very hard word for a regular churchgoer to say to a visitor. To say "stay" to a visitor meant making room and taking a risk on a personal relationship. Hard church growth could be time consuming and difficult to fit in especially with commitments elsewhere. Church people often got involved in too many outside organizations and the problem came in trying to sort out priorities. As a church, growth was to be a priority. Christians had to prayerfully consider giving their prime time to their own church. Not what's left over like the loose change in one's pocket for the offering, but the first part, the best portion. They did this before God as a minister of his goodness.✞

"Hard Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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