“We are convinced that healthy, Spirit-directed Churches grow. And we believe that God grows the Church. If we feel we have to grow the Church, we will fall into humanism-it ceases to be God’s Church and becomes our Church. So our approach is to do the basics and do them well, and thereby seek to build healthy churches. We want to be constantly worshipping God, healing and equipping one another and reaching out into the world in whichever way we can. There should be no dualistic thinking in regard to Church growth-spiritual and structural, qualitative and quantitative growth is all tied up together, the one dynamically affecting the other. We must not get into the numbers and performance game, but neither must we be ‘only pure quality’ oriented. We must be health and growth oriented.” – Alexander Venter, Doing Church, p. 232-233
Luke is a pastor-theologian living in northern California, serving as a co-lead pastor with his life, Dawn, at the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing kids, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family, reading or writing theology, he moonlights as a fly fishing guide for Confluence Outfitters. He blogs regularly at LukeGeraty.com and regularly contributes to his YouTube channel.