Rich Birch has interviewed over 200 leaders from the fastest growing churches in the US, and he’s taken good notes. He’s boiled down their best practices to 5 common strategies almost every growing church uses and shows you how you can implement them in your church, too.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. A church should be growing at the same rate as its community
The majority of the churches who are growing aren’t growing faster than the communities they are in. 94% of all churches in North America are losing ground and if a church is growing by 3% that’s considered breaking even. So, that means only 6% of churches are actually growing faster than their communities.
Take time to think about how your growth compares to the growth going on around your church. Are you matching that growth, exceeding it or falling short?
2. Growth should be a priority for leaders
Often, stalled churches push back on the idea that growth should be a priority for leaders. Obviously, growth isn’t the only sign of a healthy church – there can be fast growing churches that aren’t healthy. The challenge for smaller churches – or any size church whose numbers are at a standstill – is to refrain from criticizing the growing churches around you. Don’t write off the fact that there are some practical, simple things you could do that would allow you to share the gospel with more people.
Sunday priorities can’t only be about increasing weekly attendance, but leaders should absolutely be thinking about that growth. We have the most amazing story to share with as many people as we can. At the end of the day, churches who are passionate about spreading the message of Christ should want to proactively do more to reach people.
3. Big serving opportunities can grow your church while doing good at the same time
Most churches find it’s easier to get people to volunteer for big service projects than to serve regularly on Sunday mornings. Why? Because service projects typically require less time and create those “feel good”, “give back” moments people want to be a part of.
A church grows when its people talk about it. On average, 2% of attenders will promote their church to others over the course of a year. 2%! But events that make a difference in the community are the kinds of things you want to tell your friends about – and share on social channels. They also offer ways to reach out to those friends who may feel more comfortable being a part of a good thing rather than a God thing.
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