If you are a church goer you will eventually hear something about church growth. I remember my first week in bible college we had four pastors from local churches as guest speakers during united sessions. Each claimed to have the “fastest growing church in the metroplex”. Liar-liar pants on fire. Maybe it was a four way tie. Needless to say, church growth is important.
While it’s not all about nickels and noses, there is no doubt growing your church is important, and can be a sign of a healthy church. So, how do you make your church grow? Do you need a church growth guru? A capital campaign? More ministries? Better ministries? Better technology? New staff? Old staff? You might need one or all of the above. I’m going to assume that God is not the issue. If God is the issue your church needs to deal with that first.
I can’t be specific because I don’t know your church situation, but I can give some principles that will get you pointed in the right direction.
- Is the core of the church excited to be there? If they are not start there.
- Does the church have an “us four no more” mentality? Do ministries belong a few core members, or are they willing to let go for the sake of the church as a whole? if this is happening in your church the growth stops right there.
- Do the ministries represent the five-fold biblical principle. They don’t have to be represented exactly evenly, but if people can’t find a place to grow spiritually, they will go somewhere else.
- If you don’t have a great youth and children’s ministry you won’t attract families. That is just plain and simple.
- Money? Yes, you need money. Does the congregation give. If they believe in the church and have buy-in they will give.