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Challenges of a growing church, part 3

We have seen that growth can bring problems. But help is at hand!

Ray Evans

Acts 6 and problem solving

Here is a classic combination — growth and grumbling (v.1)! An issue of complexity has led to a potentially disastrous situation. It’s what the apostles do about it that’s so helpful. First, they set priorities for themselves and the church (vv.2,4). You’ll notice that word and deed both have to be carried out by the church. They invent a solution and initiate a plan. This is not ‘steamrollered’ through but they gain the ownership of the whole church (v.3). A team is identified, and then publicly empowered for the task (vv.5,6). The result is... more growth — both in quantity and ‘quality’ (v.7).