Do we REALLY need more training to reach people for Christ?

“So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.” -Acts 16:5

In church growth discussions, one of the first things that comes up is, “people just need more training in how to reach out.” Is that REALLY the primary issue?

In Acts, Paul, Silas and Timothy bring good news of forgiveness through Christ and helpful instruction in how to live the full life of the redeemed. When the churches receive this, they are encouraged in heart and action, and the overflow of their response is that people are added to the Kingdom every day.

This is not a professional program led by trained instructors and managed by credentialed administrators. It is simply the natural result of lives being changed by Christ.

Maybe the reason churches don’t grow is not a lack of training, but a lack of transformation.