If a church is able to make a real difference in the life of a community, people will question why the church cares. Though the original aim may have been to reach out in love with practical support, one of the results is likely to be that people start asking about the Christian faith. This may bring growth in the church.
When the church encourages the practical outworking of the love of Jesus, we should not be surprised at the number of people who seek a relationship with God. Be prepared for growth! Be prepared too for new members with needs that may not fit comfortably into existing structures or services. Be prepared for God to do ‘new things’!
Churches may need to modify their structures and way of doing things to meet new needs for worship and prayer. Churches that have invested time in training up new leaders will find themselves better prepared for growth. Church leadership should be flexible enough to alter existing ways of worship, add new services or take services out into new areas. Leaders of growing churches must take great care to spend enough time with God, deepening their own prayer life and study of the Bible in order to cope with the demands placed on them.