Belowis a book review of Galindo, Israel The Hidden Lives of Congregationchapter 5
Inchapter 5 of this book, Galindo does not argue in favor of the growthof the church. He argues indifferently because he believes that thereis no theological reasoning behind church expansion movement[ CITATION Gal09 l 1033 ].From t chapter 5 of the bookfor Galindo, the essence of dealing with numbers is just but adeceptive and misguiding believe from American culture. Hence, fromthe book various concepts can be clearly drawn. There is concept ofnumbers in church congregations, concept of expansion of church size,and concept of hidden life forces that affects individual sub-types.
Conceptof hidden life forces that, affects individual sub-types in regardwith chapter 5 of the book reasons with me. It is true that hiddenforces of life of individual will affect how those people will think.There are those people whose hidden forces make them think thatlarger is better. If encountered with that person it is hard toconvince them otherwise. For that matter, Galindo is right becauseinner drive of American culture makes them believe that there is needof growth in congregations.
Onthe other hand, concept about the issue of numbers in chapter 5,Galindo argues that there is no reasoning behind church expansionreasons with me otherwise. Some of the works of church ministries areassociated with bringing more from darkness to light. It is theresponsibility of churches to administer to those in darkness theword of God. After administering to them, bring them to church. Theentire process leads to expansion of church congregation. Hence, havedifferent opinion concerning towards the concept.
Relevanceof Galindo’s concepts in our churches today
Amsad to say this but in churches today they are more concerned aboutnumbers. Church leaders will ensure to do anything within theirpowers to have a big congregation. Many a time the essence of largenumber has been associated with other inner drive rather than thegenerally known of preaching the gospel. Most church leaders haveturned church ministries into business. They believe having largernumber is wealth, as they will collect more offerings. For thatmatter, they go to an extent of advertising their services in mediato gain favor from people. In addition, other church leaders haveturned congregations into tools of getting political favor. Theybelieve larger number is more votes. They have turned churchministries into political grounds of doing campaigns.
Thereare those churches who agree with Galindo. For instance, in ourchurch we do not dwell much on number. It is upon individual’sfaith to attach him/her to a certain congregation. We can have churchoutreach where we preach but it is upon individual to decide whetherto join our congregation. As I remember, we had another outreach fora whole week but managed to convert only 10 people to join ourcongregation. Our motive is that, we administer but decision entirelydepends on an individual whether to join our congregation.
Inalign with that, we should not take numbers to enrich ourselves butrather for the real purpose of worship. Many a time those people whoinsist in numbers have a different motive that drives them more thanthe general motive well known. The general motive that is well knownby all is to worship but other leaders maybe have other motives likepolitical and financial motive. It is upon individual to decide acongregation to join.
Galindo,I. (2009). Perspectiveson congregational leadership: Applying systems thinking for effectiveleadership.Richmond, Va.: Educational Consultants