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Church Growth
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The term “church growth” can refer to church renewal, church organizational and structural maturation, the empirically verifiable numerical growth of churches, and the theory of how and why churches grow or decline. The so-called church growth movement (see 5) began in the United States in the 1960s, although not everyone who studies the dynamics of church growth and decline would consider themselves part of this movement.


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Fahlbusch, Erwin, Möller, Christian, Sackmann, Dieter, Weber, Hans-Ruedi, Van Engen, Charles Van, Van Engen, Charles, Winkler, Eberhard, Labardakis, Augoustinos, Watson, David Lowes and Engen, Charles Van, “Church Growth”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C774>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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