To be structured for spiritual growth, a church (whether front-door or back-door focused) must have some sort of method in place to consistently connect people to both significant relationships and the Bible.
In a very small church, that might be nothing more than the weekly worship gathering. But in any church of more than eighty to ninety people, it takes a plan or it won’t happen.
Front-door churches that fail to structure for spiritual growth risk becoming merely a birthing center, the telltale mark of which is a back door fueled by maturity migration—a steady flow of people who complain, “I got started here, but I can’t grow here.”
Back-door churches that fail to structure for spiritual growth will end up with programs and ministries that keep people from leaving but do nothing to help them grow or reach out to those who need Jesus.
To combat that, the simplest and best tool I’ve ever seen for connecting people to one another and engaging them with the Bible for the long haul is a sermon-based small group. It offers a format that fits the way we spiritually grow, while providing a framework for a healthy and sticky church. Nothing compares.
Osborne, L. W. (2008). Sticky church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
My core ministry is writing Bible Study lessons. If I can serve you in this way, I’d love to help. Cost is negotiable. Think in terms of what you pay your Pastor for half a day. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575.650.4564