5 Keys To Growing A Strong Church

This Sunday we will continue our monthly services for our new campus in East Windsor at Ethel McKnight school at 10:15am.  We will have one more monthly service on December 8th and then on January 12th we will officially launch our weekly worship services.  Our church is growing and helping more people than ever before in our community.

My favorite subject in elementary school was math.  I loved watching problems being solved and there always was a correct answer.  There is one truth about learning math; Before you learn multiplication, you must learn addition.  The small numbers usually are learned before the big numbers.

As 217church we want to reach as many people as fast as we possibly can.  But this will only happen as we grow STRONG.

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“…And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied”  Acts 9:31

Building strength as the church is the gradual process of learning to yield to Jesus.  After a long period of time, we can see change and our church is seeing change rebuilding lives one person at a time.

5 Keys To Growing A Strong Church

1. Devotion to Prayer  –   “…pray without ceasing”  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is a process by which we discover who God is and what he desires to do.  It doesn’t have to be a meeting and doesn’t need to be a production.  Prayer is simply talking and listening to God.  Let’s keep it simple.

2. Devotion to Each Other –  …outdo one another in showing honor.”  Romans 12:10

This past Sunday we announced we were giving $500.00 to every single mom at 217church, no strings attached.  We gave away in faith $10,000 to single moms last week!  These single moms work tirelessly to provide for the needs of their children.  I received an e-mail from a young mom who said she was down to her last $.21 when she received the check.  This just makes sense to me and is how we should treat each other.

3. Devotion to The City –  “…A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”  Matthew 5:14

If the city has a problem it is our problem.  Over these next 6 weeks our church will be serving the city through delivery of food at Thanksgiving, coats as the weather gets colder, and providing gifts for children this Christmas.  Once again, this just makes sense. This is what the church should be.

4. Devotion to Self –  “…Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.” 1 Corinthians 6:19

It’s time to get your life in order.  The church is only as strong as the sum of the individuals in the church.  The Holy Spirit lives in you.  We must make a decision to let the Gospel affect our spiritual, family, financial and physical health.  Each one of these area is an incredible opportunity for representing Jesus.

5. Devotion to the Next Generation – “…tell the next generation that this is God.”  Psalm 46:17-18

We have over 150 kids and youth that call 217church their church home.  We are making a huge investment in them in 2014.  We have a vision to invest $100,000 in the next generation. It’s time to step up, make this happen and GIVE!  The Next Generation is depending on us.  We are a FAMILY.  The church is the best kept secret in our community.

Let’s hold nothing back and realize all He has for us.



217church is a multi-site church in Mercer County NJ with small groups for families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater.  Our new East Windsor Campus is meeting Sunday November 10th at Ethel McKnight School.  If you are looking for a church in Mercer County NJ, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, don’t miss our weekend services in Hamilton at 9:30 or 11 am! Visit www.217church.com.  If you want to be in on the ground floor of a new exciting church planting envoronment, contact our East Windsor Campus Pastor Dan Gay at Dan@217church.com.




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