Growing Churches and the Master’s Joy

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I have seen responses to surveys about church growth from several churches over the years, and I am always surprised to see responses like, “we don’t want to grow bigger,” or “if we grow to two services, we won’t know everyone.” These common responses go against our mission as Christians to make disciples. So how do we overcome our fear of growing churches? I think the parable of talents (see Matthew 25:14+) helps us in our thinking about church growth.