There isn’t a simple game plan for growing your church. But some things are consistent when looking at what successful churches are doing. There are probably many more items that can be added to this list, but here are just a few…
It isn’t about the show. It’s about the message. Successful churches share real testimonies, address current life issues and engage in discussions. Millennials and Gen Z’ers want more than surface-level discussions and entertainment. And successful churches don’t shy away from questions and discussions that they may not know the answers to.
Have a Clear Vision
People attend church to find God and meaning (in His words, in their lives, etc.), but they also come to find community. Successful church leaders define and passionately communicate the direction and vision of their church. Once attendees clearly understand this, they tend to join together and commit to the mission with passion.
Technology is often viewed as creating barriers between people. But when used properly, it provides opportunities to create connections, instruct and communicate, well beyond what was possible, even just a few years ago. Growing churches use technology to fill the gaps and connect their people.
Views of giving vary by generation, and successful churches recognize this. Older generations give to trusted institutions, while younger generations tend to give more to movements and causes. Make sure your church is seen as both. This can happen with a narrative that explains the “why” and shows the outcomes. Successful churches tie giving to the story and why it matters. They also provide every option for online giving to remove any barriers, no matter the generation.
These are just a few of the traits of successful churches. You may already be doing these or some of these. The important thing is to step back and rethink your approach to ministry. Even minor changes can have a big impact on your growth.
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Carol has worked in the ACST Marketing department and managed most aspects of marketing over the last 20 years. Before ACST, she spent many years handling marketing for companies across the US including, Novell, WordPerfect, Purolator Courier, ArtToday.com, and U.S.News&World Report. Carol is a cradle Catholic who has been active her entire life (a long time!) and has served in volunteer positions within her parish, including formation instructor, lector, code red responder, and numerous other volunteer roles.