Five Components of a Growing Church
Prepared by Fletcher Tink

  1. “Comprehensive” --- willing to reach all kinds of people in the targeted neighborhood who need Jesus Christ

    Examples: ethnic groups, language groups, age groups, special needs groups, socio-economic groups, physically and mentally deficient groups, etc.
  2. “Wholistic” --- willing to expose the whole Gospel, to the whole persons, that is body, mind, soul and spirit, so that every component can be transformed by God’s active work in the individual

    Examples: relief and reform ministries, deliverance ministries, counseling and reconciliation ministries, 12 step ministries, compassionate ministries, discipleship ministries
  3. "Contextual” --- addressing each person and culture group in the thought forms, styles, language, and symbols that build bridges without compromising the Gospel

    Examples: musical forms, worship styles, activities, dress, and sanctuary arrangements, furnishings, etc that facilitate communication of the Gospel rather than creating barriers.
  4. “Community-building” --- drawing people into community and incorporating them so that they too can become productive and self-replicating Christians. Helping Christian see the importance of accountability to the Church, and also to the larger community.

    Examples: small group fellowship, accountability groups, study groups, worship assembly and service groups.
  5. “Incarnational” --- living lives ethically and socially as Jesus would live it, in a spirit of humility, simplicity, and at the level of the people to whom you are called to serve. Being "all things to all people so that one might be saved.”

    Examples: practicing stewardship, selflessness, accessibility and availability to those who need Christ. Surrendering “rights” where they get in the way of clean, transparent communication of the Gospel