Fastest Growing Church Takes One Relationship at a Time

Pastor John Van Pay was inspired to focus on one relationship at a time at his church, Gateway Fellowship in San Antonio, TX after visiting a shepherd in Israel who showed him how he cared for his sheep. Van Pay makes sure he is home five nights a week after failing to be around for his family. Van Pay leads one of the fastest growing churches in America because he keeps his focus on discipleship simple.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Ministry can turn into lots of programs, but one of the fastest growing churches has a very simple focus on friendships that is very effective.

  • Staying Home : How does this pastor’s goal of staying home five nights a week sound to you?
  • How to Put People First? What would you need to do with your daily schedule in order to put relationships first?
  • Leaders Model Relationships: Van Pay notes that he focused on relationships for his staff first before telling them to do the same.

What would a relational focus like this look like in your church?

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