Last Update 17th October, 2016.
God gives us growth but it’s our job to manage it.
You can’t force a crop to grow but you need to work the soil and manage the weeds in order for it to thrive.
If you mismanage a field, the weeds can stop the crop from going.
I believe we are in the best time in history – more unbelievers are getting saved now than ever before, we are reaching more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ than ever before.
We’re not waiting anymore for God to bring revival, we know God has done all He needs to do already! You are predestined to bear much fruit, to have much influence and be successful. Jesus said this in John 15:16-17 –
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples…that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
So let’s get straight to the good stuff.
An 8 Part Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Church
The purpose of this post is to give you a brief overview of what’s to come.
Click on any of the articles below to get started.
Are you ready?
Whatever the size of your church, whatever stage you’re at, I believe this’ll help you to take the limits off, get unstuck and start take taking your church forward.
Let’s start with you.
To learn how to grow our churches and get them to where they could be we have to start with ourselves as leaders.
The hard truth is most churches are not growing because the pastor isn’t growing and is resistant to new ideas and change.
It’s crucial to set time aside for self-development and have a personal growth plan; read a book a week on leadership and church management, make sure you’re having quality time with God each day, commit to a sermon podcast a day.
Why not consider attending a pastor’s and leaders conference once a year, or meeting regularly with someone who is where you want to be.
I can’t overstate this: as a pastor, a leader, a father, you need to constantly grow and get better. Anything that doesn’t grow goes stagnant.
So don’t plateau! Invest in yourself and you’ll reap the rewards, I promise you. [READ MORE]
We need mentors and we need to mentor others.
Building a strong leadership core means giving your best and investing time; meet with your leadership, volunteers or staff regularly.
Don’t just discuss business but present the church vision constantly, value them, show them the difference they make and how their role is vital in the church’s success.
Teach them skills on leadership, skills specific to their role, invest in them, send them to conferences that will reignite their passion and give them confidence.
We’ll look at how to spot potential leadership within the people you already have. [READ MORE]
Systems alone won’t grow your church but not having the right programs will cap growth.
Systems include how your welcoming team operates, how your house groups function, car parking availability, your toilet facilities, your follow up process and so on.
Here we’ll go into detail about the power of aligning your programs and processes with your purpose.
The key here is to define your vision, and measure everything you do by it’s contribution to the accomplishment of the vision. [READ MORE]
Growing our numbers is what we think of most when we’re talking about church growth.
As pastors we often measure our success by the numbers of people who walk through the door on a Sunday morning.
Should your church be seeker-sensitive?
We’ll be looking at how to expect the unexpected and be ready for guests.
Regardless of the size of your church presently, Jesus attracted crowds wherever he went and we can do the same. [READ MORE]
Teaching on tithing every week or handing out a copy of your costings will not increase your church’s finances, but casting vision in the right way will.
Always make it clear to visitors that they are not obligated to give.
Vision is a mental image of what could be fueled by a desire that it should be. [READ MORE]
Growing expectation and faith in your church is vital to it’s growth and success.
Have you ever wondered why praise and worship is always awesome and life-changing at a conference?
The same worship leader can then do the exact same song list at his local church and it can be flat as a pancake – why? It’s all about expectancy.
How many times did Jesus say “According to your faith is is done…”?
We’ll look at three tools you can use to get people excited about going to church: creativity, momentum and language. [READ MORE]
A strong church is full of people full of the Word.
Spoon-feeding toddler Christians on a Sunday morning won’t cut it; we need to give our people the skills motivation to feed themselves on the Word, love the Word and be hungry for the Word. [READ MORE]
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
The Holy Spirit’s role is to reach the lost. As you become more outward focused the Holy Spirit will empower you to be witnesses. [READ MORE]
God gives us growth but it’s our job to manage growth.
You can’t force a crop to grow but you need to work the soil, water it and manage the weeds in order for it to grow.
In the same way, if you mismanage a field, the weeds will stop the crop from going.
I believe it is the best time in the time of history for the church; more people are getting saved now than ever before.
We’re not waiting anymore for God to bring revival, we know God has done all He needs to do already.
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: Love one another.”
What do you think are important things to consider when looking to grow a church? What are of focus would you recommend for church growth? Would love to hear from you in the comments below.