There is a lot of stuff about “how to make your church grow” flying about. A whole lot. Some of it is terrible. Some of it is really good.
Here are my thoughts:
15 Things Growing Churches Understand:
- Your mission statement is your best friend
- Pastors must be strategic leaders
- National events affect local congregations
- Guilt, duty and obligation are not effective motivation tools
- Evangelism and marketing are not the same thing but you have to do both
- People often use “goods and services” from multiple churches
- Facebook Live or your internet stream is the new first-time visit
- Excellent facilities matter
- Community involvement in itself does not grow churches
- People want strong Biblical teaching and preaching
- Authenticity and “connect” matter more than production quality
- You have to get new people plugged in lightening fast
- Generosity is a component of discipleship
- Corporate worship is your “bread and butter”
- You must have a compelling vision of your future
Christ Church has grown from just over 200 to 2,500 over the past twenty-two years. Growing churches view the world differently than declining churches and work from a very different set of assumptions.
In some ways, everything has changed in the last few years.
Except our need for great churches.
And our need for Jesus.
Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.