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Biblical Church Growth: Listening, Connecting, and Living Out the Word

Biblical Church Growth: Listening, Connecting, and Living Out the Word

I recently spoke with Pastor Chris Dorrity of The Branch Church about principles for biblical church growth. With decades of experience launching churches, Chris offered great insights.

He highlighted Paul’s mentorship of Timothy in 2 Timothy 4, noting effective ministry combines the wisdom of seasoned believers with the passion of emerging leaders. Surrounding ourselves with godly counsel is key.

Many modern churches pursue growth by telling people what they want to hear. But Paul urged Timothy to preach truth even when it’s hard for listeners. Biblical growth requires rebuking sin and false teaching while also encouraging believers.

Chris emphasized the importance of listening to and connecting with church members of all ages and backgrounds. People want to feel seen, heard and valued. By understanding differing perspectives, leaders can unify groups around the vision of reaching others for Christ.

He shared an example of renovating their century-old sanctuary by first listening to needs, then creating a solution that met the desires of all generations. Listening preceded good decision-making.

Vital church growth reaches inwardly and outwardly. We must create belonging within the congregation while also showing unbelievers radical love. Making connections with visitors demonstrates Christ-like care.

Growth requires translating doctrinal beliefs into practical action. It’s insufficient to simply preach truth if it doesn’t transform how we live. The Word must take flesh through authentic community and compassion.

May God raise up more leaders like Pastor Chris who listen closely, foster genuine connections, contextualize timeless truth, and inspire God’s people to live out their faith. This kind of Spirit-led, Bible-centered ministry will further Kingdom growth for generations to come.

In Christ,

Stephen H. Hammond



Stephen H. Hammond, president and founder of Christian Values Investing Inc., established the first “fee-only” Biblical responsible investment advisory firms in 1993 to help Christians align investments with their values and better manage finances from a biblical perspective. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a finance degree and worked in the Investment Banking industry before joining Merrill Lynch in 1988. Stephen is a published author and speaker, a spirit-filled Christian who traces his faith heritage to preacher ancestors. In 2005, he established the nonprofit Covenant Financial Ministries to teach biblical stewardship principles and money management. Stephen has decades of experience in money management and financial planning. and serves with Kingdom Advisors and the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants. He has appeared on radio and television, spoken at churches, and authored books including Mission Possible: An Investment Guide for Christians and The Successful Life Manager. He married Angela in 1990, and has two adult children.

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