My Response to Perry Nobel’s “8 reasons why some churches don’t grow# #7

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, Greenville and Florence, South Carolina. At just nine years old, the church averages over 10,000 people. Perry wrote an article on why some churches don’t grow. Perry’s article can be found here: http://bit.ly/rWxbxj

This is not intended to be a personal criticism of Perry (I don’t know Perry and I’m assuming he’s a great guy with a great multi-site church) but because his reasons why some churches do not grow are shared by many I thought I’d respond to these popular attempts to explain why churches don’t grow and the underlining assumption that if these reasons can be corrected then the church will grow.

Perry Reason #7 Disobedience to the Scriptures

Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, II Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 19:10…I could go on and on…but we MUST understand that Jesus didn’t come to earth, live here for 33 years years, give HIS life for us and then return back to heaven to intercede for us so that we could get in really little circles and talk about ourselves and condemn those who are not as good as us.  We are called to REACH PEOPLE FOR GOD–PERIOD!

Dave: I’d like to start out by thanking Perry for supplying all you pastors out there with these scripture verses since I’m sure you’re unaware of them. And as I said in my last response, “On an unrelated note, I know that online etiquette changes from time to time but the last I checked, spelling words out in CAPS is your way of yelling. Perry, why are you yelling at me?” Also, I appreciate Perry reminding all of you ignorant, obviously off-tract, pastors out there the reason why Jesus came to earth.

I know there are many church-goers that need to be reminded of the purpose of the church but I don’t know one pastor who does not eat-sleep-and-drink “reaching people for Jesus”. Having a passion for outreach and developing good ways to reach people is still no guarantee that your church will grow. It’s hard and slow to reach people even when you have a passion for reaching people. You probably will not reach many people if you don’t have a passion for reaching people, but every pastor I know wants to, and is trying to reach people.

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