- Because the bishop said so. Oh, that’s not good enough for you? Fine. Read on.
- By getting a large percentage of your people doing daily devotions, participating in a weekly Bible study, and listening to sermons on the same topic, you will create a kind of shared movement and synergy in your congregation.
- You’ll deepen your people’s spiritual lives by getting more of them in a small group Bible study than ever before.
- You’ll deepen your people’s spiritual lives by getting them doing daily devotions.
- Your members will have an opportunity to be in each other’s homes, make friends, and discover true koinonia – Christian fellowship.
- It will close the back door on your church. When people make lifelong friends, they’re less likely to walk out the door during a time of conflict or crisis in the church.
- It will be a leadership development exercise for your leadership team. Most congregations will have as many small groups as they have recruited small group leaders. Doing the spiritual growth campaign will force you to do leadership development by identifying gifts for spiritual leadership.
- It will provide an opportunity to welcome newcomers to your church community. Each small group leader will invite people to be part of their group, often people who are not members of your church.
What is the spiritual growth campaign? It is a dedicated 5 to 7 weeks in the fall where your entire congregation is invited to be doing the same thing at the same time: daily devotions, weekly Bible study, and weekly sermons all aligned. Congregations often do a congregational workday during the series and end with an opportunity to plan giving for the next year.
This year I am proposing our congregations try Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase’s “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.” I will be talking more about this at assembly in a few weeks. To get started order the complete set of materials.