We work with pastors who want to lead growing churches. That desire crosses size, denomination, and location. It’s more of a mindset. And over the years, we’ve observed several things about these growing churches, some of which might surprise you. If you’re looking for real data, Barna’s State of the Church or Lifeway Research are great places to start. But if you’re curious about what we’ve experienced working with thousands of churches over the past 7 years, read on… Here are some surprising truths about growing churches.
#1 – They have fewer ministries and programs than you might think.Growing churches don’t have giant menus, packed with ministries to serve and reach every segment of society. The churches we work with that are experiencing growth are focused, nimble, and measured. They aren’t offering everything to everyone. They don’t have programs on every night of the week. They don’t have a staff army to meet every possible community need. They do a few things well and understand that they can’t be all things to all people. This is why we help our churches figure out their Keystone Ministries and focus their resources. Whether it’s people, money, or communication, growing churches decide on a few activities then resource them properly. There’s a saying we repeatedly use:
The key to growth might not be something you start, but something you stop.Eliminating what might be good but not central means you can focus everything on what matters most. It means you can be effective, not just busy. Hopefully, this encourages you. You’re probably not doing too little; you’re probably doing too much.