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Making Our Congregation Spiritually Stronger

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A few weeks ago we had our annual anonymous congregational survey. Thank you for your input and the many valuable responses. It was the first time we performed it online, rather than on paper… and the number of responses was higher than in the past. One of the questions asked was the following… "Please provide one suggestion to make our congregation spiritually stronger?" This is an important question and today I would like to respond to your comments and discuss how we can make our congregation spiritually stronger

Unedited video available: https://youtu.be/NCWmOgyK9xc

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  • Danny Tomkins
    Taa Greg! Understood, what has been the percentage of growth evidenced in your God given 'flock?'
  • Greg Thomas
    Hi Danny: Thank you for your question. We have been greatly blessed, and are approximately double the size we were 7 1/2 years ago as the sad result of a church disturbance.
  • Danny Tomkins
    WOW! 100% In 7 1/2 years that's growth alright. Due to a 'church disturbance' seems to suggest growth through non regular methods of 'growth.' Or is the growth evidenced solely from NEW prospective and or baptised members joining your congregation Greg?
  • Greg Thomas
    Hi Danny: About 1/2 of the new growth are those with no past history of any of the COG's. They discovered the knowledge of the Sabbath on the internet, contacted us, began attending and are now baptized. We also have some who have returned after leaving the Worldwide Church of God over 20 years ago, and some former Seventh-day Adventists who discovered the meaning of the New Covenant Feast Days. We also have a few couples who left during the "church disturbance" and realized they made a mistake. They decided to come home again.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Greg, thanks for your sermon. What is the growth rate expressed in percentage of the UCG for the past year and past five years? A survey regarding the results or answer could be interesting? Regards Danny
  • Greg Thomas
    Hello Danny: Thanks for your questions! I am not privy to any other congregational survey’s that may occur from the UCG Home Office or from another congregation. As a pastor, my main focus is on the flock God has graciously given me the privilege to shepherd. Having attended many church congregations over 40 years in multiple states, I know that each congregation has its own unique culture, strengths, and challenges. I am not sure enough surveys have taken place over the years to answer your questions... including growth rates.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Interesting to see [again] that nothing is new under the sun and that also applies to and within the church[es] of God. Whether its sermon topics subject matter due to group dynamics of a church, including value judgements exhibited in and by the congregation[s]. Or responses to anonymous online surveys: the more things change,the more they stay the same! It would be interesting, educating even to see the results of an anonymous survey within congregations to ascertain why a church doesn't show growth or conversely why a church does show growth.
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