What kind of Growth is Healthy Growth?

One of the criticisms of CPM is that the growth is too fast, out of control, and therefore a mile wide and an inch deep.

I have heard many say,

“I believe in slow, steady growth. I believe in slow, steady growth because I believe slow, steady growth is healthy growth.”

Well, that sounds good to me. I like healthy growth too. The trouble is that that is not what the Bible says. What kind of growth did Paul want? What kind of growth did he pray for? You make the call:

“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”     (2 Thes. 3:1)

Paul prayed for rapid growth, and my heart’s desire is that the church would grow rapidly.

From One Magnificent Obsession by Josh Hunt