Friday, 20 July 2012

Church growth in the USA: some reflections

In the USA there is one crucial matter that pastors, planners and preachers all need to take into account if they wish to see church growth and good attendance at meetings.  You may think it is good Bible teaching and powerful preaching.  You may think it is moving music, good musicians and worship leaders. You may think it is a good infrastructure and church facilities, which offer wholesome fellowship and pastoral care.

Now all these elements are important and commendable if a church manifests them.  But Pastor Rick Warren   of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, says "It all starts with parking." Rick Warren believes that if folks can't park then they won't come to your church, however compelling your ministry and your message are."

In an American context, Rick Warren has made a very perceptive observation.  It is a car society.  The land is full of cars, and churches need to take good care of their members' parking and the provision of transport arrangements to and from services.

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