TRANSFER GROWTH & 11 Observations about Church Transfer Growth #ThomRanier

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by Thom Ranier


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Is church transfer growth good, bad, or neutral? Let’s look at some different perspectives.

In simplest terms, transfer growth is a church member moving his or her membership from one church to another. Attitudes about this growth have changed significantly over the past twenty years. By the way, some of the funny phrases used for this growth are “shuffling of the sheep,” “sheep swapping,” and “circulation of the saints.”

Here are my eleven observations about church transfer growth (read the full text at the link at the end):

  1. In the recent past (15 to 20 years), transfer growth was rewarded…
  2. The pendulum has swung, and transfer growth is viewed more negatively today…
  3. Much of transfer growth has been the result of the consumer mentality creeping into churches…
  4. It has not been uncommon for pastors to become competitive and antagonistic about members transferring from one church to another…
  5. Transfer growth can mask sickness in a church…
  6. Transfer growth has been easy in many churches because of low membership standards…
  7. The decline of cultural Christianity has slowed the flow of church transfer growth…
  8. More pastors and other church leaders are actually contacting the church from which a person desires to transfer…
  9. Despite obvious issues concerning transfer growth, we should not assume all transfer growth is bad…
  10. Some church members seek to transfer because of major doctrinal aberrations in their churches…
  11. The fastest growing category of transfer growth today takes place when a person moves out of his or her community…