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Most Effective Tool to Help Your Congregation Grow as Christians.

Learn the most effective way for people of all ages to grow closer to Christ
by

Bruce Poulterer

on 7 May 2012

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Transcript of Most Effective Tool to Help Your Congregation Grow as Christians.

THE REVEAL STUDY BRINGS NEW INSIGHT
CURRENT RESEARCH from the Gallup Organization
Keys to Christian Growth
Understanding How Christians Grow Closer
to Christ

RECENT RESEARCH
Helped Uncover
the keys to
Christian Growth

BARNA RESEARCH
BUT LET THEM EXPLAIN
SO LET'S LOOK AT THE RESEARCH
FROM
THIS
STUDY
80 % of a typical congregation does not read their Bible during the year
92%
37%
TOOLS
FOR
GROWTH

Vatican Research
15% Participate in
Bible Studies
59% occasionally read the Bible
People entering and leaving
ALL SIZES, DENOMINATIONS, LOCATIONS
WHAT CAUSES GROWTH
4 CATEGORIES
HOW DID PEOPLE GROW?
Beliefs and Attitudes
Salvation by Grace, Trinity, Personal God, Christ is #1, Identity in Christ, Giving away my life
Church Activities
Weekend services, small groups, Bible class, serving others in need
Spiritual Activities with Others
Evangelism, Spiritual mentors, Spiritual friendships
Spiritual Practices
reflection on Scripture, Bible reading, prayer for guidance, prayer to confess sins, tithing, journaling, solitude
INCREASED LOVE AND SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS.
Exploring
SALVATION AND CHURCH ACTIVITY
PERSONAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
ONE REASON ACROSS THE BOARD
Reading and Reflection on
SCRIPTURE
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT BY CREATING A DESIRE TO READ GOD’S WORD REGULARLY ………
PEOPLE ARE DRAWN CLOSER TO CHRIST
RESULTING IN LIVING A CHRIST LIKE LIFE BY
SERVING OTHERS
REACHING OTHERS FOR CHRIST
TRUSTING HIS WORD
What Your Score Means
(Ranking compared to REVEAL database)
86+ = Top 5%
83-85 = Top 10%
76-82 = Top 25%
70-75 = Upper 50%
<70 = Lower 50%
THEIR AVERAGE SPIRITUAL VITALITY INDEX IN 2009
Compared with Total Sample
Personal Spiritual Practices
Compared with Total Sample
Compared with Total Sample
Faith in Action
Church’s
Role
WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2009
“I believe in Jesus and am working on what it means to get to know him.”
“I feel really close to Christ and depend on him daily for guidance.”
“My relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in my life It guides everything I do.”
Growing in Christ
Close to Christ
Christ-Centered
Exploring Christ
“I believe in God, but I am not sure about Christ. My faith is not a significant part of my life.”
CLOSE
TO
CHRIST
SOLD OUT
TO CHRIST
GROWING
IN
CHRIST
WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2011
Exploring Christ
“I believe in God, but I am not sure about Christ. My faith is not a significant part of my life.”
This Segment decreased to 17% a meaningful decrease
Vatican Research
RECENT RESEARCH
Pastor Survey
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TOOLS FOR GROWTH
The Essential Architecture
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WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2011
SATISFACTION WITH CHURCH’S ROLE IN THEIR GROWTH
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WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2011
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WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2011
BELIEF IN A
PERSONAL GOD INCREASED
5
WHERE THEIR PEOPLE WERE IN 2011
DISSATISFACTION WITH THE CHURCH DECREASED
KEYS TO CHRISTIAN GROWTH
ALL SIX CHURCHES
USED THE SAME BIBLE READING MATERIAL
KEYS TO CHRISTIAN GROWTH
SAME FOR ALL CHURCHES
Statistically Meaningful Decreases
Exploring Close to
Christ Christ
TOOLS TO TAKE HOME FOR
GROWTH
IN YOUR
CHURCH
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Pastor Take Spiritual Leadership

Pastors committed to
regular Bible reading
and inviting the church
to join him
TOOLS FOR GROWTH
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Community Experience
As the congregation focuses on the same passages it creates a “motivating dynamic of wanting to participate”
TOOLS FOR GROWTHTH
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Habit Forming Principals

Barna Research found that
“80% of Pastors said the
E100 was excellent at
making Bible reading
a regular habit”
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TOOLS FOR GROWTH
Devotional Methods


Each Person
Has a Different
Devotional
Patterns
TOOLS FOR GROWTH
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Flexible Format

Any Bible translation
Fits your Church
calendar
Small group vs.
Church wide
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Unifying Theme
Follow the Big Story of the Bible
Preaching through E100 Readings
TOOLS FOR GROWTH
Follow-up plan

Maintain Bible reading
offering an effective
Bible reading resources
“75% increased their desire to read the Bible consistently”
- Barna Research
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“When people begin reading and applying God’s Word together, a spiritual power is unleashed that can dramatically transform individual lives and entire churches.”
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GREAT PROVEN RESOURCES
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TOOLS FOR GROWTH
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BIBLE READING GUIDES
TOOLS FOR GROWTH
MOVE from Willow Creek Association
http://www.willowcreek.com/wca_prod.asp?invtid=PR34989/
TOOLS FOR GROWTH
Rick Warren 40 days of
Bible reading from
Saddleback Resources.






http://www.saddlebackresources.com/Rick-Warren-Bible-Study-Methods-1-softcover-book--P8325C1122.aspx
Christian Growth
Special Offer for this book
Recommends the E100 as a follow up
100 Readings about Jesus that ends with the question -
Who is Jesus to You?
Take you through the bible with Scripture and commentary
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