Our family is visiting a growing church.
Since our first time visit in June of 2016, we keep coming back. This gives me the opportunity to watch and look for transferrable reasons for its growth.
There is no single cause to the growth of this fellowship that started in a living room in 1984. But like fertile garden soil, nurtured by rain, this church has conditions that produce a harvest of new believers.
Though it has outgrown the living room where it started in 1984, but this church has not outgrown its mission to reach people for Christ.
I recently found a 30 year old article by Donald Gerig that describes intangible conditions for growing churches, and all 6 exist in the church we visit.
They describe the qualities, climate, atmosphere, or ambiance that is the very DNA of the local church.