Is Growing a Church from 50 to 100 Possible?
Almost 50% of church attenders go to a church of less than 100 people. Many of those churches do not grow past 50 people. Some want to grow and others do not. There are many church growth strategies available for growing a church. Now do these strategies work in every church? Are all small churches able to grow? Keep reading to find some answers.
You might have heard some of these church growth strategies:
- Make sure your Welcome process is right.
- Invest in Young People.
- Invest in a Children’s Program.
- Be Accessible by Live Streaming Your Services
- Be Passionate.
- Structure for Growth.
- Keep Your Building In Good Condition.
- Use Special Events.
- Plan Big Days – Holidays to Bring In New People.
- Invest in Small Groups.
- Train Your Leadership.
- Promote Congregation on Social Media.
- Train Members to Evangelize
- Figure Out Your Ideal Demographics
All these church growth strategies are important, but they only work if they are put in the right perspective.
Why New and Established Small Churches Remain Small
A new church is one that is in existence for 5 years or less. For instance they might use one of the church growth strategies like planning big days like Easter, Christmas, Picnics and Mother’s Day to bring in new people. The attendance increases for that day and it goes back to around 50. Without adding new people to the church it will eventually die.
There is more than just using church growth strategies but using the right ones at the right time.
Here is some more information on 8 Reasons Why Small Churches Don’t Grow.
What Does A Small Church Look Like?
- One pastor
- Small group of people stay there so the church survives
- Use programs just to maintain the church
- Most of the people want the church to remain small
- People attending are close to the pastor either they like his vision, are related or just like the pastor
- Limited youth and children programs
- Have no idea what the demographics are in their area
- No training for staff
- No growth classes for members or visitors
How to Break Out of the Small Church Mentality
There is more to it than trying different programs to grow a church. The list of church growth strategies all work but need to be used according to what is needed.
First you need agree that you want to grow. .
Second a demographic study should be done and find out what kind of people are living in the surrounding area. Are there young couples with children or senior citizens and so on… You need to start instituting the right programs that would draw these people to the church.
Third there needs to be a common vision of who you want to reach. All the people in the congregation need to agree with this vision
For an example, there was a new small church that wanted to grow their congregation. The pastor found out through a demographic study that most the people living in the area were young married couples with infants. Talking to a few of them he found out they had a hard time in potty training their children. The pastor found some good training materials on potty training and sent an invitation to the young couples in the area. Over 30 couples showed up for this training. From that group over 10 families joined the church because they had a program set for couples with infant children.
Their vision was to reach young couples with infants. They focused all their programs on this group. Of course others were welcome to attend this church.
How Do You Keep the Visitors Coming Back?
To start this process, the first thing that needs to be established is a church assimilation process that helps to keep people coming back.
This process consists of:
- Hospitality – From Being Greeted – Treated – Seated
- Information Gathering – Using a Connection Card – Getting the right information.
- Follow-up – With email or card within 36 hours with information they requested on the Connection Card.
- Commitment – Once a visitor attends two times, you want to start to connect them with some clear next steps.
From there you start structuring for growth. You start using church growth strategies that fit the mission of who you want to reach. You will see the type of people who are attending your church and find the needs and fill them. You want the people to be passionate about the mission of your church. Only use programs that advance the mission. Other programs could hinder the growth.
Therefore, to get this all organized you will need something to help keep track of your growth process. We have a church growth tool that has been used for years to help with this process. With the assistance and input from several different Purpose Driven Church pastors and church planters.
Church Growth Software has purpose driven church principles with church growth strategies that can be used in any church that wants to grow. It tracks all the necessary information that’s needed to help make wise church growth decisions.
Benefits of Using Church Growth Software
This Software Will Help You:
- Use less time doing consuming church management tasks and spend more time growing the church
- Know which events work that keep people coming back
- Have visitors come back and retain first timers in church using a church attendance tracker
- Turn first time visitors into active members of your church
- Engage your visitors with an church assimilation process from first time visitors to active members
- Make the process of volunteer choosing easier using the S.H.A.P.E. acronym, a Purpose Driven Church Growth Spiritual Gifts Assessment or Spiritual Gifts Assessment Willow Creek. To get a better understanding of S.H.A.P.E. Click Here.
- Make timely and wise decisions using church growth strategies
- Automate your church growth process with the assistance of a church growth management software
- Track the spiritual growth of each member
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process at Church Growth Software.