Jesus used a farming analogy to explain how the kingdom of God grows.

Once the farmer plants the seed, it grows by itself. The farmer isn’t in control of that process, and doesn’t even fully understand it.

Growth happens naturally, but after the farmer did the hard work of preparing the soil. And when the harvest is ready, the farmer goes back to work.

And that’s how church growth works.

It’s a combination of the blessings of God and the stewardship of man. God-given results somehow teamed with human endeavors. A combination of divine intervention and human leadership.

Acts 2:42-47 describes church growth as the result of intentional evangelism and discipleship. It seems that when the church loved God and loved their neighbor, the Gospel spread.

Jesus-centered teaching, a community built on love and investing in one another’s lives, and living a life of faith was not only the result of church growth but also the cause.

Here are some of our best resources on this topic.

7 Things that Drive Church Growth

7 Things that Drive Church Growth

Let's talk about things that drive growth. Many of these things are not expensive and you don’t need a ton of money to implement most of these changes.  But don’t let budget be an excuse…

Three Core Elements of a Growing Church

Three Core Elements of a Growing Church

Church growth comes down to one word. It’s a word that is easy to overuse but one that has to drive everything we do. That word is: Gospel. Church growth isn’t about attendance or giving…

Five Church Growth Ideas That Aren't Expensive

Five Church Growth Ideas That Aren't Expensive

We often hear that churches need to hire new staff. Or they need a budget for advertising. Or maybe they need to expand or renovate their facilities. But where are they ever going to find…

Prepare for Church Growth Today

Prepare for Church Growth Today

  We all want to experience church growth. Seeing more people come to Christ, stronger families, and developing disciples are fruits of a healthy, growing congregation. Church growth also means: More children – which means…

What does the Bible say about Church Growth?

What does the Bible say about Church Growth?

Mention the words “church growth” and you’ll be met with a variety of opinions.   On one hand, you’ll find people who promise seven simple steps to explode growth now or organizations that will reveal…

3 Types of Church Growth Barriers

3 Types of Church Growth Barriers

  Why don’t churches grow? That’s a frustrating question to consider.   Maybe you’re praying, preaching, leading and building, only to feel tired and stuck. You watch other churches with similar programs and ministries explode…

The Real Church Growth Barriers

When most people talk about growth barriers, they talk about adding services, changing styles, doing outreach campaigns or making tactical changes.  While those are important, there are more important, underlying issues facing your church.  This free training will break down the real church growth barriers and give you practical action steps on what to do next.

The Senior Pastor's Guide to Breaking Barriers

Why don't churches grow?

The Senior Pastor’s Guide to Breaking Barriers will help you navigate growth barriers that are impacting your church, and offer insanely practical guidance on how to address them.


  • 10 growth barriers that are impacting your church
  • Tips for identifying ways to address those barriers and help your church grow
  • Spiritual, structural, and cultural growth barriers

We provide insanely practical resources for leaders of normal-sized churches.

You're called to pastor your church. We're called to take care of you.

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Instant access to more than 200 documents, resources, and templates plus the ability to ask for anything you need. You don't have to start with a blank page.

Get 24 breakdowns and ministry insight videos to help you apply the lessons from helpful business and leadership books to the context of your church.

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Huddle Talks are a simple, proven way to engage, inspire, and train your volunteers in less than five minutes a week – all without extra training meetings.

What People Are Saying about Church Fuel

“I have been so blessed by this community. You will never know how much I needed these resources, words of encouragement, prayers, and just a place to come and lay out what's on my mind from time to time. I love being able to share with all of you. Thank you for serving together, and the fact that there is a spirit of working together and not of competition. Everything around me is so competitive that it is hard to fellowship with other pastors. Y'all are a Godsend. I thank the Lord he directed me here. Thank you from the depths of my heart. “

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Columbus West Church
Columbus, OH

“If you're on the fence and you're thinking I don't know if this is for me, come join the community. The relationships you'll build with people that are a little bit further ahead from you are so incredible, and the relationships with people that may be a little bit further behind you, because we all know that we learn more from teaching others, often times than we do when we're being taught something. So it's an opportunity for you to both receive and give in this community and it's exciting. Ministry's hard. And doing it alone is even harder. So the Church Fuel community is a big piece of me not feeling all alone in doing ministry. Even though I have a team that I work with here locally, it's great to have other folks and other voices outside of our team locally and that's what Church Fuel is for me.”

Jeremy Self

The Church at Lake Travis
Austin, TX

“Church Fuel is an integral part to my personal leadership development, giving me specific items to work through in our staff and church. Our staff team became aligned to the same goals and we worked intentionally through them strengthening our team, culture, and systems. Not only would I say we have a healthier church culture, but I've greater confidence in what I'm doing and know specifically what to work on.”

Lawrence Huey

Epicentere West Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

We built Church Fuel for pastors of normal-sized churches

We don't use the term “small churches.” Because you're not small, you're normal-sized. You're showing up everyday, working hard to reach people and help them grow in their faith.

You don't have to be a mega-church to make an impact in your community. You need passion and vision and calling, for sure. But you also would benefit from systems, strategy, and practical best-practices.

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