Church Growth Collaborate – WMCA 570 – Calvary Baptist Church

Dr. A. R. Bernard


Numbers 29:12-14 – Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up to this mountain of Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the sons of Israel. 13“When you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was; 14for in the wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to treat Me as holy before their eyes at the water.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)…

Moses immediately transitions from the leader to looking to the successor

Number 29:18-20 – So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19and have him stand beforeEleazar the priest and beforeall the congregation, and commission him in their sight.20“You shall put some of your authority on him, in order that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him.…

The secret of longevity is continuity and change

No continuity=no stability

No change = no relevance

4 timeless fundamentals

Core values





Ministry boils down to enviroment, people, programs

Core purposes

Relentlesss drive for progress

Strength beyond the presence of one individual or one piece of equipment.

There are no small churches just small thinking. You can’t think small and serve a big God.

Worship style

Reputation of leader

Reputation of church

Church Growth Collaborate – WMCA 570, Calvary Baptist Church

Dr. David Ireland

Practice of Church Growth

1. Catalytic Church Leader – stick with it, hang around passionate people

“My church never grows when my eyes ate dry” – Dr. David Ireland

2. Celebrative worship

3. Creative Evangelism – what wirks here

Greek “oikos” – web of influence

4. Caring enviroment/atmosphere/small groups

People need 6 friends over 6 months

Life activity groups, doing life together

Why are we together?

How we are together?

5. Contributing Member – Part of the engine of the Church


 Core Competancies – Do what we do best. Give other to parachurch

What do we do real well. What are our compentcies. 

6. Changeable Structure

Pastor most change administratively

7. Credible Stewardship

What are you doing with the money? 

Can’t control culture or gifting but can control these 7 

Church Growth Collaborate – WMCA570, at Calvary Baptist Church

Pastor Tim Lucas

3 Stages of Church Growth

Movement – Museum   – Morgue

Who we reach- who we keep – go to sleep

Risk taker – caretaker – underraker

Pioneer future – preserve past – preside                                                               over funeral

“We will do anything short of sin to reach people” Pastor Tim Lucas