Many of our calendars are packed full with our kids' activities, church activities, community/volunteer services and work. We continue to try and squeeze "just one more" item to our calendars. And yet, continuing to do many things still leaves us feeling at a loss. Do we have space to connect with others or with God? As a church leader, how can we provide a place to grow spiritually and how do we measure that growth? Carey Nieuwhof and Tony Morgan from The Unstuck Group have research-backed observations on the differences between programs and a path to develop and grow disciples.
I’ve observed something interesting in healthy, growing churches over the last several years.
The ones experiencing the most healthy growth tend to approach discipleship as a path. The leaders spend time thinking on how to best help people along in their journey following Christ. They spend their energy simplifying to offer people a series of next steps.
By contrast, many of the churches I see that are in decline have an overwhelming number of programs available to attendees and even the community, but no cohesive path that helps people learn which steps to take and when.