Dear Church Growth Gurus: You Were Wrong

Written by Doug Giles on September 15, 2022

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Remember how wave after wave of whiz kid marketing programs swept through, offering one silver bullet church growth ‘innovation’ after another?

We saw Madison Avenue-style marketing strategies, fancy outreach buzzwords, and seeker-sensitive approaches. Every time you’d turn around, there’s a new trend sweeping the church ‘by storm’.

But in the end, none of these things were the solution needed. There was an obvious one staring us in the face the whole time. It happened to be the same one that so many successful churches never abandoned in the first place.

It was never the bells and whistles on which Christ built His church. It was always the fundamentals.

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