You’ve got an important vision, good ministries, and you really care about the community. So, why is it that new people aren’t showing up to your church like you hope and pray?

Here are seven possible reasons for this:

#1 –Your church isn’t for them. 

You might say everyone is welcome, but your environment might reinforce the opposite idea.  Saying you’re welcoming doesn’t mean that you are welcoming. It takes a ton of focus and commitment to creating an environment that’s truly welcoming to outsiders.  This is a culture issue, and it takes time to change.

#2 – You don’t expect guests. 

Your greeters and ushers might be helpful, but they need training. You’re not ready to receive guests because deep down inside, you don’t expect them.  This is why one of the first things we help pastors with when they join Church Fuel is to put a follow-up plan in place.  Getting the plan in order helps you prepare for guests.

#3 – You don’t acknowledge guests.  

When new people show up, they aren’t welcomed. In your preaching, you reference Bible stories assuming everyone knows what you are talking about. In discussing church business, you act like new people aren’t in the room.  When you describe events and environments, you use insider language.

#4 – You don’t advertise. 

There are strategic things you can do to get new people to come to church but, right now, you’re not doing any of them. What you’re doing now is producing the results you’re getting now.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but churches who are focused on reaching people orient resources to learning how to reach people.

#5 – They haven’t been invited.

Personal invitations are the #1 way new people end up at church, but you’re not challenging (or equipping!) your people to invite.  Here are 19 ways you can do it.

#6 – You’re not talking about things they care about.

Maybe you’ve let the fear of “watering down the Gospel” keep you from talking practically. But, not talking about what people want to know about is a sure fire way to keep people away.  The good news is the Bible addresses so many things people struggle with on a daily basis.  Take time to learn from your community and address their needs.

#7 – You’re not personally praying and inviting.

If you’re not leading the way, your church can’t follow. Set the example for your church, pray, and give them time to follow your lead.

So What’s Next?

Feel like your church should be growing, but it’s not? From someone who used to be a pastor and church planter, I know it can be frustrating.

Ultimately, church growth is up to God. But what else can you do as a steward to reach more people?

We know you care deeply about leading a healthy growing church because it means leading more people to Jesus. That’s why we created a free guide to reaching more people that will bring clarity and inspiration.

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