Last weekend we had an Elders retreat at the amazing lodge at Castle Hill. We revised some of our stuff from last year. We also spent time praying and seeking God for our future.

Growing as a church is not only numerical growth. We are well aware of the limitations we have due to our buildings, and we need to address this issue. However, growth can still take place.

Ministry growth, is in areas of deliberate ministries that we offer to our community; eg Mainly Music, youth, children and much more. Growth can be in the quality that we deliver, and the way we serve those around us. Ministry growth has a servant heart as the foundation for operation. (Mark 9:35)

Mission growth, is about people who respond to the gospel, and this growth provides opportunities. We appreciate new commitments to Jesus Christ, and look forward to more this year. Mission growth comes out of a heart for those who don’t know Jesus. (Luke 19:9,10)

Prayer growth, is both a personal and corporate commitment. We all know how important this is in terms of overall church growth. I’ve always found prayer more of a discipline than a desire, hence the difficulty of achieving. I’ve observed that prayer growth is a cultivated discipline.

(Matthew 26:40)

Spiritual growth, is many things to many people, but for me, it begins with the awareness of the realm that is different from the physical. Secondly, we learn to operate in this realm. The Bible defines this realm as spiritual, hence the need for spiritual gifts. One way of spiritual growth is to exercise our spiritual gifts.

(1 Corinthians 12,13,14)

The above is a simplistic view of growing, and should be expanded. Our Cambodian fellowship is a good example of growth. The focus has not been on numbers, but growing in God and making stronger disciples. They have learned to pray for one another, and strengthen each other by serving their people. The two recent baptisms are signals of growth, and there are more to come. May the Lord anoint us for His service.

Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,  19  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”