Why do churches decline and die out?
Is it due to a failure to transition from one culture to the next, shedding what is culturally obsolete and retaining what is theologically permanent?
Is this a law, an observable principle that makes church growth and decline predictable?
How important are forms of church life (small groups, worship styles in relation to culture etc.)? Are these indicators of how a church will flourish or ossify?
How do our answers to the questions above relate to the presence, gospel preserving and life giving power of the Holy Spirit?
What is the relationship between church growth and divine sovereignty?
What difference does the view of divine sovereignty that we take, make to our cultural analysis and perspective on "means" when it comes to church health and growth?
What is the relationship between church decline and the judgment of the church by its Head?
Do churches decline on a predictable, observable pattern, or because of the disciplinary action of Christ? If the latter than what are the biblical indicators of being under the Lord's displeasure?
What precisely are the right biblical categories in assessing the fall and rise of churches? Are they the ones that bring clarity and focus to our thinking and practice on these matters?
What difference does this make to our assessment of church growth?