Here are three church growth ideas that are simple and practical that can help you spark growth momentum in your church.
#1 – Partner with a Community Event.
If someone in your community is already organizing a big event, just jump in and make it better. You don’t have to start from scratch or reinvent the wheel.
Coming alongside community events is a great way to let people know that you care. Getting off the church campus and being present in and where the people you are trying to reach could draw more people to your church than if you expected them to come to you first.
Here are a few ideas of how you could practically do this:
- Sponsor a booth at a community or school fall festival instead of organizing your own.
- Offer to pick up trash or hand out water or serve volunteers at a parade.
- Call your Chamber of Commerce or Downtown Development Authority and ask what events need help.
#2 – Equip your people to invite.
It’s easy to believe that people will just naturally invite their friends if they love your church, but even people who are sold out may still be timid to invite others. You’ve got to teach your church how to invite others and give them simple ways to do it.
Stop asking people to invite and start equipping them! Here are a few ways to do this.
- Creative invite cards. Print up some small cards (3” x 3” is a great size) promoting a coming series, your kids ministry or the church service in general.
- Teach people how to use invite cards. Don’t just make them available…take time in the service or in a sermon to teach people how to use them.
- During the welcome time in your church, encourage people to take out their phones and share a status update or a tweet.
For more ideas, check out this article: 19 Ways to Encourage Your Church to Invite
#3 – Evaluate and Improve Your Worship Service.
When people come to your church, they are probably coming to a church service. When people hear the Bible preached at your church, it’s probably at a church service. So it’s crazy to let it go week after week without stopping to take inventory of what’s working and what’s not working well.
A few times a year, ask people to do an honest evaluation. You can print a few copies of this form make it easy for them. Ask a regular attendee, a new attendee, or even someone who doesn’t normally attend your church to fill out the form and provide honest feedback. Debrief with your team and make adjustments.
One more thought here: You’re probably not the best person to evaluate your own church service because you’re already committed to the church, accustomed to what normally happens, and generally a fan.
So What's Next?
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