There’s more than one way for churches to grow.
But over the last forty years or so we’ve been given one model of church growth almost exclusively. Get more people in the building.
That model is so prevalent that when I dare to suggest that many small churches are healthy churches with something to add to the body of Christ, I’m met with an incredulous chorus of how can it be healthy if it’s not growing?
The answer? Nothing in nature keeps growing continuously. Everything grows bigger until it reaches maturity, then it grows in other ways after that.
Why would we expect local churches to be any different?