I would like to take some time to share why i see the way i do and what the Lord has taught me concerning church growth, it's goals and methods. This might give a little understanding as to why I am confident in what I write and might be a help to others, and more importantly make a way to build bridges to others who see things a bit differently. I ask your forgiveness for being a bulldozer at times.
I grew up in an evangelical Christian Missionary Alliance Church, I graduated from one of their colleges with a degree in world missions and communications minor.
By the time I graduated i was sick and tired of the hypocrisy of the church and went headlong into the world in bitterness. I had learned the church growth principles and evangelism methods and techniques, but had not encountered the reality of Jesus Christ and His empowerment for the works of service.
I met the Lord one day after crying out to Him about my addictions I had given myself over to. He came and visited me in a powerful experience while driving to work. He stood on the roof of my car and filled me with His Spirit and spoke to me as i was going down the road.
EVERYTHING changed. This was 1993 the beginning of various organic church meetings in homes and the power of God manifest in wonderful ways. through the next 15 years or so the Lord took me on an tour of Christianity attending the IC while still having organic meetings on our own.
I attended the old IC pentecostal church, Faith movement, the independant charismatic movement, the apostolic network movement. In each of these the Lord showed me elements of truth, but also the works of men and what they had built APART from the direction of the Holy Spirit. In 2001 the Lord spoke to me clearly and took me out from the IC completely.
And now to the Organic church movement of which I have been part of from my filling of the Spirit 15 years ago. I have seen God move powerfully in organic settings, but, I fear the same element of men's work is keeping God from blessing it fully as well.
When Jesus left us his Spirit and ascended, He did not leave us a blueprint for organic church growth or evangelism. He simply said, "as the Father sent me so send i you" And what did Jesus do? He said "I can do NOTHING of myself, but only what I see my Father doing."
And then His command to them was this, "Love one another as i have loved you." Jesus modeled many styles of ministry, in the temple, in synagogues, in homes, in Large crowds, and in small. He was not stuck on a method or system of evangelism and church growth, He simply did what his father was doing, He was led as He walked by the Spirit, as God presented him the opportunities to minister.
Jesus didn't second guess or ponder the different teaching styles and philosophies of Church structure, growth or evangelism, He simply was himself with all He came into contact with and released Spirit to those thirsty for Him. He lambasted the pharisees who were full of methods and laws that made them successful.
The conclusion, Just be and do what you are called to be and do and let Jesus build HIS church. He will use you if you will simply build only by doing what you (actively) see Father do.
And if you don't know what God is saying to do, you must stop what you are doing and listen for His direction, He cannot speak to you his will while you are busy building something FOR Him. some say "God does not speak to me that way". Yes He DOES. If you are not hearing him it because you are listening to another voice that is drowning him out.