I’m a big fan of studying this kind of phenomenon. If there are principles we can discover that will help us in the mission, let’s do everything we can to learn those principles, use them and pass them along to others.
But every good thing comes with unintended consequences. One of the unintended consequences of the church growth movement is that it has reinforced a presumption that actually limits our vision instead of expanding it.
And it’s found in one of the most common questions asked by pastors. Namely, “how do I get our church to grow?”