Paul knew that if people became the central focus of the church, the church would be conformed into the image of people not the image of Christ. Recently, I had a two-part series (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here) describing features of a church being more like a country club. The sober reality is many churches fit the bill when it comes to embodying characteristics of a country club. However, very few pastors, leaders, or members want to admit it. I get why it’s hard to admit that your church has more in common with a country club…

True church growth transfers people from the domain of darkness into the glorious light of Christ. On Thursday, we looked at the first three shifts to experience transformation in our churches. Today, I’ll share the final three. Shift 4: The church must make the shift from swapping members to having the primary growth strategy of going after people who do not yet belong This seems to be where most churches struggle. According to Rick Richardson’s research, only 40 percent of the churches in America are growing. However, only 10 percent of these churches are experience growth through conversion. That means…