There 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. 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 these needs are not met, 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 spiritually, 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.

The strategies used should be focused on the  purpose of the church.

Build Community on Purpose

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. This is where relationships start being built. Many times cliques are developed in a church and people feel like outsiders if they are not part of this circle. The question that should be asked is 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 visitor to regular attender/member.

Why is this important?  First time visitors make a decision if they will attend your church in 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.

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 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.

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 weren’t meant to go through life alone. When it comes to 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, churches strategy and structure, and how to become a member of the church family.

Class 201 – you will 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 – you will find your purpose in life by taking a Spiritual Gifts Assessment Survey..

Class 401 – you will find out where you can use your calling to impact 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 a Spiritual Gifts Assessment is taken in C.L.A.S.S. 301, this information can be used in picking volunteers for a ministry.

S.H.A.P.E. Principle

  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Experiences

Spiritual Gifts – are special abilities given to every believer. They are different than 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 – are 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 – are what you experienced in your life’s journey. They could be educational, vocational, spiritual, ministry or something painful.

More information on S.H.A.P.E.

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

  • Good church management software will have the ability to track all these church growth strategies.
  • Good church management software helps build community by being connected to people and making sure they don’t get neglected.
  • Good church management software helps build community by tracking the church assimilation process and C.L.A.S.S.
  • Good church management software helps build community by choosing the right volunteers with S.H.A.P.E.

If you have any 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.

You can also get more information about this software at Church Growth Software.

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