Mission and Church Growth

I am not a fan of the fascination with Church Growth.  Not because there is anything wrong with growing your church or churches in general or even your denomination such as the Unitarian Universalist Association.  What bothers me about the focus on church growth is that I often find the discussion limiting and limited.  Rarely does the conversation leave the topic of numerical growth. How many members? How much money is in the budget?  My concern is one that is at least 40 years old in the Unitarian Universalist Association (see my previous post about Rev. Harry Hoehler’s statement on growth from 1969). The concern is that when we focus on numerical growth, all our mission in the world becomes is to make more of us – more of us in our congregation, more of us in the Unitarian Universalist Association, or more of whatever your faith community is.    The world doesn’t need more of us.  The world needs us to turn our attention to healing it, helping it, feeding it, inspiring it, and making it a more just, equitable, sustainable, and spiritual place.  Making more of “us” in and of itself, doesn’t do that. Continue reading “Mission and Church Growth”