Them’s big words in the title. What it means is this: Much church growth theory and practice revolves around methods. But if we work at being the church of God as revealed in Scripture, methods are icing on the cake.
Larry Miles’s article yesterday on The Fellowship Room, “Five Reasons the Early Church Grew (Acts 4),” reminded me of this truth.
I’m not against methods. To do anything, we have to adopt some sort of methodology. I’ve just proposed to the churches here, who sometimes use no method at all — meaning no work gets done — that we adopt 13 methods in 2013 to win 13 souls (keying off the fame of 12-12-12).
But methods without identity are useless. In Scripture, methods are almost afterthought. The church that has truth, and mission, and the Spirit of God, will get the job done, regardless of the how.
Again, this is no argument against planning, either. We need more of it. But before that, we need more of the certainty of our salvation and the conviction that, without the message we have in our hands, the world is irretrievably lost.