Thoughts on Transformation

We know that transfer growth is not what we’re ultimately about. God has something better, He has something much greater for us! As I’ve thought about the increase in our number of churches the last six weeks the number I’ve focused on is 2.5. We’ve grown by a factor of 2.5 the last three years. Let me ask you to imagine with me this future. Think for a moment of the number of members you have in your church today. In the next three years, what would it be like if the membership of your church increased by a factor of 2.5? From 80 members to 200? From 150 members to 425 members? From 1000 members to 2500? If that was your future that couldn’t be explained by transfer growth, that could only be explained by transformation growth.

Transformation - the supernatural power of God the Holy Spirit poured out so that men, women, boys and girls in your community came to saving knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ! Transformation - isn’t that what we’re really about as believers in Jesus Christ? By the power of the Holy Spirit we’ve been born again, transformed from darkness to light, for death to life. And we want to see others transformed in the same way! At its heart that’s what it means to be missional, to be a church on mission for Jesus Christ. (excerpt from oral report to 2013 General Assembly)

 Questions:

  1. What changes would you need to make in your ministry if you were to focus intentionally on a ministry of transformation?
  2. What would a church ministry focused on transformation look like?

Jeff Jeremiah's comments on his report to the 33rd General Assembly can be found in this EPNews post - http://www.epc.org/welcome-to-epnews/a-word-from-the-stated-clerk/

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Neil Cox on Nov 12, 2013 1:20pm

Let me only address Question#2.

Illustration: In our formative childhood years, we have a fairly simple and effective model = a pipeline system of transformation called 'school'. And we easily recognize change year to year based on year-end assessments. And certain drivers have been identified to move progress ever-forward throughout the year to ensure improved assessments each year-end. Along the Christian walk, are there a handful of recognizable way-points? (eg, unaware, aware, involved, committed, replicating) Do our churches assess spiritual maturity to see how many of our people progress from point-to-point? Can we readily cite some visible drivers (spiritual disciplines) that seem foundational to transformative progress?

And if this kind of periodic assessments can be done re the 'team', corporately what assessments can be visible about the geographic community in which we exist? What portion of our community glorifies God? What portion has had an optimal chance to know Christ as Lord?

A ministry with a Great Commission mandate might be geared to knowing its progress, and growing the spiritual disciplines for progress.


Josh Hanson on Nov 12, 2013 5:47pm

I answered Jeff's second question on blog. You can find it here: http://www.joshhanson.org/2013/11/12/asked/