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10 Traits of Pastors of Fast-Growing Churches

Transformation Church has consistently appeared on the annual Outreach Magazine Top 100 Fastest Growing Church list. As I sat with Pastor Derwin, one of the many reasons Transformation is growing so fast became very apparent. You cannot discount the impact a senior pastor has on church growth, and Transformation has one of the best.

This list is woefully insufficient, but while sitting with Pastor Derwin for two hours, I gleaned the following 10 Practices of Pastors of Fast Growing Churches.

1. Pastors of fast-growing churches surroung themselves with talented people.

Our interview was filmed by the church’s production team. Led by Taurin Hurley, this team of four was prepared, professional and went over and above to make sure I had everything I need to have a successful interview.

2. Pastors of fast-growing chruches remember where they came from.

Earlier in the week, Pastor Derwin spoke at the Exponential Conference. We discussed that nostalgic feeling which came over him while there. It was four years ago when Pastor Derwin was in the audience as an attender. He came down from the balcony to the altar where he was prayed over as he was launching the new church.

3. Pastors of fast-growing churches see the best in people.

There is nothing worse than pastors who do not appreciate those who attend their churches. Pastor Derwin deeply, deeply believes that God can do anything in and through the lives of those at Transformation.

4. Pastors of fast-growing churches have a solid biblical foundation.

I have seen enough Christian leadership to know that anything not built on a biblical foundation is simply unsustainable. Transformation’s vision of creating a multi-ethnic, multigenerational church flows directly from Pastor Derwin’s life and the pages of scripture.

5. Pastors of fast-growing churches are humble.

Let me put this in proper perspective. Pastor Derwin leads one of the most well-known churches in America. He is an author and globally-renowned speaker. He is a former professional football player. He is in constant high demand. Do you know where you can find him on almost any day—Starbucks just hanging out with people. Amazing.