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10 Characteristics of Growing Churches


1. They have leaders that lead!

“For God so loved the world that He did not send a committee!”  Not sure where I heard that…but it’s true!

2. A desperation for God’s power!

Prayer isn’t a good luck charm that is attached at the beginning or at the end of something–people are legitimately desperate for the power of God.  They pray Habakkuk 3:2 prayers every day and…

3. They believe that greater things are in store.

They don’t just pray big prayers, but they have a sense of anticipation that is contagious!  They don’t read Acts 2 and think “those were the good ol’ days” but rather they think, “that’s where God STARTED this thing…we should be WAY ahead of this!”

4. They are full of ordinary people.

God always uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.  Jesus didn’t choose one scribe or Pharisee when He launched the church, and Acts 4:13 talks about how He used ordinary people to absolutely turn the world upside down.  The staff LOVES the church so much so that they would actually attend there even if they were not on staff!

Respect for tradition
Desperation for God’s power
Use of technology
Passion filled leaders
Belief that greater things are in store.
Ownership of the church – staff would actually attend if they were not on staff.

5. They leverage technology.

They don’t view technology as of the devil but rather as a tool given by God to reach as many people as possible for Jesus.  By the way, isn’t it funny that some churches are against the use of technology, yet all of them rode to their church in a car, and their church building has air conditioner?

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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.