Summary: As the church grows, there will inevitably be problems among people. How does the early church deal with these issues as they arise and what can today’s church learn in how to deal with these “growing concerns” in a way that will glorify God?
Handle Growing Concerns with Discernment (Acts 6:1-2)
Handle Growing Concerns by Delegating (Acts 6:3-6)
Delegate to those who are of good reputation
Delegate to those who are full of the Spirit
Delegate to those who are wise
Handling Growing Concerns in a godly way Produces Disciples (Acts 6:7)
If you have been at Hickory Creek over this past year or longer, you have been able to see the work that God is doing in reaching more people and expanding His Kingdom through this ministry.
Every ministry we have has been growing incredibly
While our weekend services have grown quite a bit - we are averaging over 600 people each weekend - our mid-week ministries are growing even more rapidly.
Our Tuesday night AWANA ministry
is having a record year with nearly 130 to 150 kids coming on Tuesday evenings to memorize God’s word, learn the story of the Bible and enjoy some games with other kids.
Our Wednesday evening Reach Student Ministries
is hitting records as well with about 80 Students here on Wednesday evening to connect with other kids and grow in their knowledge of and relationship with the Lord.
Our Powerzone Kids ministry is continuing to grow as more people come. We have just recently added a new 3 -4 yr old class to manage our class size a little better.
We praise God for what He is doing through this ministry, but this growth has brought with it some challenges.
We are challenged with our space, especially for our ministries.
Update on plans
To deal with those space challenges we began a campaign last fall to raise the resources necessary to expand and to continue to be used to Advance the Kingdom.
We were able to raise $1Million dollars in commitments over the next 2 years and in fact we are averaging so far this year total giving that will equal more than $1million this year, praise the Lord!
So we have developed some plans to expand our facility and add parking that will cost us about $2.3 million in this first phase which will expand our ministry space by more than 70% from what we currently have.
The Sanctuary expansion will be in a second phase at some point in the future.
Here are the plans for the sanctuary and you have an insert in your bulletin with some of the details as well so you can check those out.
Facility expansion is one of the ways we are dealing with our growth.
But accommodating growth requires more than just having a facility to accommodate people. As we grow we have to be able to minister to more people.
If we don’t make preparations for that, we will
Fall short in our communication
to minister to people,
to care for them,
to love them.
The kind of growth we have been experiencing will bring about some of these challenges.
The question becomes how will we deal with these issues because they will require more than just having space.
Thankfully, the early church faced some of these growth challenges as well so we can learn from them.
They had to deal with similar “Growing Concerns” just like we will deal with.