While there’s a lot of ‘sensitivity’ around the subject of large churches v. smaller churches, the reality is many church leaders I know sincerely want to reach more people.
Which means, in the end, they are hoping their church will grow.
Surprisingly, only a tiny percentage of churches ever make it past 200 people in attendance. Why is that?
Well, as I shared in this post (which is also by far the most read post on this blog), there are at least 8 reasons why churches don’t make it past the 200 attendance mark.
In this post I want to offer 6 keys to breaking church growth barriers and address 6 more reasons churches don’t get there.
Here’s What’s Missing
I’m going to assume leaders are praying and that the church is biblical and authentic in its mission. I’ll also assume that leaders want to church to grow.
But even with all those conditions in place, too many churches just can’t push through.
And even once you get past 200, some churches can’t make it past 400 or 800. Again, not for lack of desire or opportunity.
So why can’t they grow?
They simply haven’t structured for growth.
My first post explores this in detail and I’ll also remind you again of the best book I’ve ever read on the subject: Carl George and Warren Bird’s, How to Break Growth Barriers. They go into detail about some of the barriers I raise in this post and the previous one.
Wise leaders position their church today to make an impact tomorrow.
And by the way, if you’re tempted to criticize this as ‘yet another strategy piece’, please read Exodus 18, Luke 10 and Acts 6. (Apparently, God likes structure and organization too.)
6 Keys to Breaking 200, 400 and 800 in Attendance
While embracing all 6 things won’t guarantee your church will grow, every church I know that has successfully pushed past the 200, 400 and 800 barriers has navigated these changes (and dealt with the 8 problems in the other post).
Here are 6 keys: