TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO GROW
In all my life, I have met only one pastor who confided that he did not want his church to grow - and he achieved that goal. Every other apostolic pastor I know has desired for his congregation to grow in number as well as in truth. While I remain convinced that the presence of the Holy Ghost in our services is our number one priority, I also realize that there are growth principles that, when applied, aid in church growth. What puzzles me is that there are people out there teaching church growth who have never grown a church. (Personally, I don’t want someone telling me how, when, and where to plant a garden who has never grown a garden in the past; likewise church growth.)
This month, September 12 - 13, the Pentecostals of Lafayette are sponsoring a church growth seminar called Enlarge. (Yes, the purpose of this article is to persuade you to attend.) Pastor Derald Weber, our Louisiana District North American Missions director, told me that the seminar this year will be open to all our pastors and their staff at no charge. Most such seminars cost in excess of $200.00. Gary McIntosh will be teaching at this seminar, along with Brother and Sister Tenney. The growth of The Pentecostals of Lafayette is proof that the methods and analyses taught by Gary McIntosh really do work. And, I add, not only do they work, they work in a United Pentecostal Church that stands for righteous living and adherence to the new birth doctrine.