I found myself enjoying Good to Grow far more than I thought I would. It was chock full of pithy principles that Steve has used to grow King’s in Catford and himself. I was surprised, because Steve is one of the most task oriented people I have met and I am relationally wired – probably the other end of the scale! One of the chapters is about knowing yourself and the book as a whole could be summed up as know yourself, build a team, grow a church. I found myself catching his heart for reaching lost people into a vibrant New Testament Church in greater numbers than many have done in recent times.
“Good to grow” reminded me of Mark Driscoll’s Confessions of a Reformission Rev as it would be written by a house-trained Englishman, so I didn’t find the phrase “nut-job” in Steve’s book! I nearly wore out a highlighter pen on the pithy principles. Steve has clearly grabbed the best wisdom from as many sources as he could AND put them into practice. My must buy book list has grown by five books!
Steve’s book is about growing Kings in Catford from 200 to over 1,000 and so as I first picked it up, I wondered how it would help a market town church planter who has around 50 people! There was plenty. I have two pages of A4 notes to discuss with our leadership team.
- The facilities,finance and team triangle to work out how to unstick a growth plateau
- Don’t build a big church and loose your marriage
- The future is new people – move the church from “Feed me!” to “Who can I feed?”, because Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
- Principles for building a diverse church