Category: Growth

The Psalmist’s Soul-Winning Formula


“Restore to me the joy of Your salva­tion, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” – Psalms 51:12,13 (NKJV).

The Psalmist may be saying that if the Lord restores the joy of his salvation then he promises to teach transgressors.

The “Market Driven” Approach and Cultural Influence

Many preachers are discouraged. We live in an age of thirty-second sound bites and thirty minute TV programs. Modern advertising techniques have glamorized everything from drinking beer to mopping floors to cleaning toilets. How does this contribute to the discouragement of preachers? Simply stated, modern culture has put pressure on preachers to become super salesmen, and to market both themselves and the local church in a way that will appeal to the modern mind.

Another Factor in Lack of Numerical Church Growth…

As we have noticed at other times, a new generation of Christians has come along and have heard of the great periods of numerical growth in congregations in times past, but are not seeing it happening now. They sincerely want to see growth and have come up with a number of fixes for the problem that would attract more “prospects.”

One of these is that we need to scrap the “worn out relics” of past generations, like gospel meetings, public Bible classes, and home studies – all geared to turning people from error to truth.