We, at Edge Church found the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign such a significant spiritual growth experience for our churches back in 2004, when we first did it, that we decided it was the right time to do it again. Over time, our congregations had changed, many new people had come to faith and we believed that it was time to revisit the core of our purpose as individuals and as a church.
We have seen phenomenal growth not only in numbers in Sunday attendance and small group attendance but also in the lives of individuals. Over this time our congregation saw over 100% increase in small group attendance and a 28% increase in Sunday service attendance. 40 Days of Purpose also helped our church to grow in terms of outward focus and was a very effective tool in inviting ‘unchurched’ people to church. The campaign encouraged and stretched many of our congregation to step up and be discussion leaders and we now have many people being trained to continue as life group leaders after the campaign. A significant factor in this campaign was that our entire church was on the same journey – kids, teens, young adults, adults and seniors. It was hugely impacting having the entire church aligned in terms of focus and curriculum.
Lee-anne Rafferty, the Campaign Director at our Edgemead Congregation, commented that “The curriculum used in the 40 Days of Purpose campaign is relevant for everyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey – from explorers to mature, Christ-centred believers. Even those who had done the campaign previously benefited from doing it again. It is a wonderful way to get new believers started on their journey and to help more mature believers get back to the basics of their purpose in life. We will continue to use this material as part of our discipleship process for new people coming into our church.“
Louise Krull, the Campagin Director at our Melkbos Congregation shared that “The 40 Days of Purpose has been a life-changing experience for most of us at Edge Church in Melkbos. We purposefully structured our groups to be quite small in order to facilitate deep & personal discussions. Through this, we have seen God touch people’s lives in a very significant way as they have deepened their understanding of what their purpose is all about. As the Campaign Director I have been humbled & privileged to be a part of such exponential growth in people’s lives and our Church. Now that the Campaign is over, I am going to read through the book and curriculum again in more detail because there is just so much more to learn from.”