Tag Archives: Donald McGavran

Anti-homogenous church in Ruth

Homogenous church of cold people During my time at Oak Hill College (2002-05) I wrote an essay on the work of Donald McGavran and his homogenous church growth principle.  McGavran had been brought up as a missionary kid in India … Continue reading

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Is homogenous church growth ever legitimate?

I’ve posted many times against the phenomenon of homogenous church so this post might be surprising. I believe there is a legitimate and important place for homogenous church growth in both parachurch and local church situations. The homogenous growth principle … Continue reading

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Getting the direction of homogenous growth right.

One of the problems with homogenous church growth as practised in many churches is that mission is focused on invitational work. People are asked to come to the Sunday service or central church events. This strategy will result in a … Continue reading

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What happens to homogenous churches?

One obvious criticism of McGavran’s homogenous church growth theory is that it merely perpetuates existing social segregation and denies the biblical imperatives for the integration of Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave and free through faith in Christ crucified. … Continue reading

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Challenging the homogenous church growth principle

You may never have heard of Donald McGavran but if you look at the churches you know you may see his theory of church growth at work. McGavran was a third generation missionary kid who was brought up in India … Continue reading

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