How can we understand church growth in a way that is healthy and doesn’t lead pastors to exhaustion? This article answers this question by looking at the experience of the late Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement. It also explores some of the characteristics of the early church and compares Smith’s approach with church growth advocates. The observation and analysis bring about a better understanding of the role of the pastor and his mindset regarding church growth and a recognition of who is really responsible for growth.
Giffard, P. A. (2019). Leadership and Church Growth: The Case of Chuck Smith. Great Commission Research Journal, 11(1), 76-93. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol11/iss1/5