A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

We put this together to give you some practical and actionable ideas to reach more people in your churches (as well as outside of them). We want you to be and feel fully equipped to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. But before we share those ideas, I think it would be helpful for you to know where we’re coming from. There are a few guiding principles that influence everything we teach here at Church Fuel. 

GROWTH AND HEALTH SHOULD COEXIST 

I have three kids. And as hard as it may be to watch them grow so quickly, I ultimately want them to grow bigger and be healthy. Both are really important to me. Likewise, the church should be growing in both size and health. If we fully resolve the tension one way or the other, we will lead our church toward error. 

LEADERSHIP IS A STEWARDSHIP 

I have three kids. And as hard as it may be to watch them grow so quickly, I ultimately want them to grow bigger and be healthy. Both are really important to me. Likewise, the church should be growing in both size and health. If we fully resolve the tension one way or the other, we will lead our church toward error. 

Church growth is entirely up to God. Jesus tells Peter that He will build his church (Matthew 16:18). That doesn’t mean that we just sit around and wait for God to do something and send us a sign. God chooses to use us in the process. We see that divine partnership modeled in 1 Corinthians 3:6. 

God gives us the increase. See, growth is all up to God, but Paul planted and Apollos watered. That was their part in the process. God used and blessed their efforts. Pastors and leaders who serve in growing churches recognize their leadership is a stewardship opportunity. They want to do a good job. 

Make sure you’re being active in your leadership as well as praying that God would be growing His church. That’s being a good steward. 

WOW PEOPLE NEED HOW PEOPLE 

This resource will give you a lot of ideas. If you’re a WOW person (a.k.a. a person who is able to dream big and come up with revolutionary ideas), you’ll underline them and agree with them. You might even start casting vision for them, but they will fade away when another good idea comes along. But if you’re a HOW person (a.k.a. someone who is really great at getting things done and making things happen), then you’ll simply be checking off tasks without really moving forward and looking to the next thing. 

That’s why WOW people need to involve HOW people who know how to create plans and execute strategies. If you share in this philosophy, we encourage you to read on.