Then they gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly….
Churches in many parts of the world are flourishing, but in parts of Europe and North America, the going is a little tougher. A recent survey of 2,527 congregations in America found that less than half reported growth of two percent or more in the past five years. Only 35 percent said they were spiritually vital and alive. Only 19 percent reported excellent financial health.1
Since the church is simply the collection of Christians like us, it is important for each of us to grow, to witness, to stay vital and alive, and to support our churches financially. Our congregations are simply a reflection of the believers who comprise them.
Spiritual growth requires us to sink our roots into a local church. We aren’t consumers who go to church for entertainment; we’re worshippers and workers who go to grow, and who grow to serve. The early Church continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.
Stay rooted in church, and root for your congregation.
We must prepare the soil before God will send the rain. It is true that God gives the increase, but we have to do some farming. –From Turning Point