Imagine a church of about 50 believers. Not too hard for many of us. A church that keeps the main thing the main thing, prayerfully seeks the lost, and sees about 4 baptisms in an average year. It’s nothing too amazing to imagine, is it? A church like that gradually grows. Sure, some people die, some people transfer out. But some are born, others transfer in. Let’s assume they cancel each other out for now.
Let’s imagine two different ways forward for such a church: (more…)