Lyle Schaller calls attention to the fact that most churches in the United States reach a peak in size during their first twenty or thirty years and then either plateau or shrink in size. The reasoning is that while most begin with an outward focus, in time, they turn inward, allocating their resources and their attention on the maintenance of the organization and the care of the membership.

Becoming a healthy, growing church in a hostile world is what today’s episode is all about.

In “What is the Key to Church Health and Growth?”, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith looks back to the first century church and discovers the keys to avoid the ‘death cycle’ so many churches find themselves in today …

Let’s listen now as Pastor Matt encourages First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes, California to break the cycle and reach the world for Christ!