church growth strategiesThere is a quote from Pastor Rick Warren.

“Growing churches focus on reaching receptive people. Non-growing churches focus on re-enlisting inactive people.”–Pastor Rick Warren Saddleback Church.

This quote makes sense. Looking on the other side of this is growing churches need to be giving churches. Receptive people desire to grow spiritually and need help in other ways. If they do not meet these needs, this will slow down the growth of the church.


It’s interesting to see how many times it’s one-sided. Churches want receptive people but have nothing to offer them. Or people desire to receive help from a church with spiritual needs, with family issues, or in need of finances but don’t want to be part of a church.

To become a growing church, there are some church growth strategies that need to be put in place.

We should focus on these strategies to grow a purpose-driven church.

Build Community on Purpose Driven Church Growth Strategies

All churches are establishing a community of Christians if they know it or not. A person attending a church needs to feel welcome. It does not matter if they are first-time guests or have been attending for a while. One of the key strategies is building relationships. Developing cliques in a church and then people feel like outsiders if they are not part of this circle. The question what is the purpose of our church? Building a community on purpose is a church growth strategy that is overlooked by many pastors and leaders.

Church Assimilation Process

From first-time visitors to regular attender or member.

Why is this important? First-time visitors decide if they will attend your church in the first 3–7 minutes of entering the building. Depending on the assimilation process you have in place, this will show how many of the first-time visitors become regular attenders or members. This could make a difference in how your church will grow.

Summary of the Church Assimilation Process

Hospitality–From Being Greeted–Treated–Seated

Information Gathering–Using a Connection Card–Getting the right information.

Follow-up–With email, text, card, or letter within 36 hours with the information they requested on the Connection Card.

Commitment–Once a visitor attends two times, you want to connect them with some clear next steps.

More information on Church Assimilation Process.

C.L.A.S.S.–Christian Life and Service Seminars

This is where the church community starts its building process. Here everyone can find a place where they belong. That’s why C.L.A.S.S. is important–because we should not go through life alone. In finding your purpose, using your God-given gifts to serve, and surrounding yourself with community, there is a deliberate path to follow.

C.L.A.S.S. 101–401

Class 101–is for learning about the history of your church, what the church believes, the church’s strategy and structure, and how to become a member of the church family.

Class 201–this is where they find out how to be more like Jesus, learn how to spend time with God through prayer and Bible study, discover the importance of giving and understand the value of why attending a church is important.

Class 301–they find their purpose in life by taking a Spiritual Gifts Assessment Survey.

Class 401–in this last class they find out where you can use your calling to affect the world around you. Get people involved faster.

More information on C.L.A.S.S.


S.H.A.P.E. is a more practical way of selecting the right volunteers. When they take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment in C.L.A.S.S. 301, you can use this information in picking volunteers for a ministry.

S.H.A.P.E. Principle

  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Experiences

Spiritual Gifts–special abilities given to every believer. They differ from your natural talents.

Heart–is your center of motivation. There are certain subjects that you feel passionate about and others that you couldn’t care less about.

Abilities–the natural talents that you were born with. They are skills that are learned and very natural.

Personality–will affect how you use your spiritual gifts and abilities. Some are self-controlled and others are self-expressive.

Experiences–what you experienced in your life’s journey. They could be educational, vocational, spiritual, ministry, or something painful.

Here is more information on S.H.A.P.E.

All these church growth strategies need to be tracked with good church management software.

  • Will track all these church growth strategies.
  • Helps build community by being connected to people and making sure they don’t get neglected.
  • Supports in building community by tracking the church assimilation process and C.L.A.S.S.
  • Help grow a community by choosing the right volunteers with S.H.A.P.E.

If you have questions about this process or how Church Growth Software can help you in growing your church, you can contact us by email or phone. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.

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