It’s easy to use your context as an excuse (it’s SO tough to grow a church here…).
There are some areas in which you just can’t grow a church, right?
Lead Pastor Josh Gagnon shares the strategy behind Next Level Church in New Hampshire—a church that grew to 4 locations and 2000 people in 6 years in a region where churches pretty much never grow: New England.
So how did that happen you ask?
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Podcast.
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3 Things You Can Do Right Away
When you take a look at reasons why your church is seeing little to no growth, are you making excuses or making changes? Here are three things you can do to turn things around at your church:
- Be willing to change anything. Change what you need to change. Put everything on the table. Do what it takes to reach your audience and be willing to try new things. Josh said he visited churches in the South to see what worked with those congregations, and he was able to take new concepts and implement them into his strategy for growth. Look continually for what’s resonating and what’s not, and make changes accordingly. The goal is what’s effective, not what you think is effective.
- Define yourself by what you’re for, not what you’re against. Josh said that people have found it freeing that his messages aren’t focused around major political topics. Statistically, only 3% of people in New England go to church, and to reach unchurched people, he says to focus on what you stand for, not what you’re against. A lot of people have felt rejected by the church, and a church should never be unaccepting of a person. If people don’t feel like the church is for them, it can do more damage than good.
- Implement the 3:1 rule. For every minute you spent talking about a problem spend 3 minutes discussing a solution. Insist your entire team do this. Your culture (and mindset) will change.
Quotes From Josh
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