Growth Changes Everything
Acts 16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day.
As this church moves towards the end of 2012 and the change in senior leadership, there are a few insights I would like to share with you. Growth changes everything, well maybe not everything, but certainly most things. This is true with teenagers and is certainly true of a church! Think about the disciples, as they had to adjust from being just the 12 to the thousands that responded to Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost. You can read all about it in Acts 2. Things were just never going to be the same after that day! In fact from that day there was a constant addition of substantial numbers of new believers to the church. This meant that the original start up group (known as the twelve disciples) had to embrace the many changes this brought to their little group.
Here at CalTab, as we affectionately call this church, we have had years of steady growth, and today we find that we have a little catching up to do when it comes to how we do things. That is because we had growth in numbers but our systems of care, management, communication, connecting and leadership lagged behind. So the next year will involve us getting up to speed in all these areas (and a few more I suspect).
My first congregation, on a good day, had about 35 people attending the Sunday meeting. It was a close-knit little group, we ate together, did fun things together, knew each other well and shared a whole lot of life together. Small beginnings are great, we need them. Jesus chose 12 men to launch the great eternal plan to save humanity from spiritual death. Yet His plan was not to stop at 12! He commissioned them to go throughout the world (that means local and global) and preach the gospel. This means He gave them direction and the direction was to grow the church. The implications for how they did ministry, organized themselves and related together were profound. They could have been tempted to stay safely tucked away in the Upper Room and reminisce on the good old days when Jesus was with them. But they didn’t! They embraced their future and got on with the mission Jesus had given them.
Join us in this amazing journey with God at CalTab in 2013 as we fulfill the Lord’s commission to GO. For us that means doing whatever we can in God’s grace to REDEEM destinies while also RESOURCING the kingdom of God with our money and our surrendered lives.