Grow your church
- Is Christianity falling apart and will churches continue to close doors?
- What happened to the great commission? Pew research studies have shown church attendance and membership continues to decline. (Pew Research) Meanwhile large churches report growth (Hartford Institute)?
- A common Latin phrase, "res ipsa loquitur" means, the facts speak for themselves. Churches aren't growing, they are borrowing people from one another.
- Church hopping is an increasing trend. (Studies are all over the map, so I couldn't find something reliable other than clearly seeing a trend.)
- Regular church attendance has declined 11% from 2000 to 2015 (Hartford Institute)
- Smaller churches suffer more from conflict and people leaving impacts. This makes it harder for small churches to flourish. (Hartford Institute)
Are you asking yourself these questions?
- How come people visit but don't stay?
- How come growth starts to happen and then a couple families leave?
- If you could just get consistent attendance the church would be full.
- How come leadership and decision makers in the church push people out, shun people, or otherwise make people feel unwelcome on purpose?
- How come the church doesn't want to grow?
- What will get people back in church, or attending consistently?
The church is aging out and will die
Generations are aging out of the church and population will continue to dwindle.
Reaching the younger crowd has to be more than marketing.
Intentional relationship building has to occur and not from the pastor.
The people build the church.
The pastor keeps them there.
Marketing and Changes
Churches try the ads, flyers in the mail, banners, web presence, social media blasts, and more. At the end of the day, if we are honest with ourselves we still have a handful of supporters which hold the rest of the church up. There are only 100 pennies in a dollar and only so much can be invested outside to bring others in.
- Church giving is no where near sacrificial and is more spontaneous. Over a third of the church doesn't tithe and then on average people give 2.5% of their income which is less than the 3.3% given during the great depression. (Reach Right)
- Do we change the pews, the music, the lights, the environment? Maybe you have already tried this and found after a few months it doesn't work. (Article)
- You can pay for all the advertising, have an online presence and have a superficial church body. Little financial support and little sustainability.
- What happened to word of mouth? Why are we utilizing marketing strategies to reach the people? Is it because this worked for a time?
Change your people
- This is easier said than done and is a long process.
- Turn takers into givers. More accountability equals more engagement (Hartford Institute) Jesus modeled it with the 72 he sent out in Luke 10 .
- If you want to grow a church you have to grow your people and true growth happens inside.
- Head hunt, Jesus did.
- Something that is losing traction in the US. We have to grow with God
Implementing the change
That sounds easy, but as pastors we know trying to implement change and or change behavior in church is very difficult. You need a kick off starter.
People need to be refreshed and blessed.
Church business operations have to change.
Repent or go to hell is not the vision of the first church. (Do we have it wrong? What is the message really supposed to be?) Change the message and the climate or your church will die with your people.
Get back to the basics, instill community and operate like the first churches.
Revival? last time
People need to be refreshed and blessed. They want to get something out of it. Closer to God.
Revivals to motivate and encourage church members in support
Monthly Church strategy tips - Preach the gospel, strengthen relationships with Christ while strategically structuring the church.
Customized church strategy, meeting with elders and leaders to facilitate execution. I can do this or the pastor.
A few thousand in lighting to gain a few new families
or put that same money in your key people and watch them put it to work for you.
Back to the basics the way the first churches ran.
It worked, with everything against them, Christianity has risen to be one of the largest religious influences in the world. Its losing its stamina because we lost sight of the basics and the original intent.
Pastors need ongoing support strategies to help instill community and givers mission values and vision are easy to make. Implementing them is another story. Execution is the key with the four main components.
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