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Groeschel Warns Churches Against Growing Too Fast

Pastor Craig Groeschel shared at the recent Catalyst One Day in Birmingham, Alabama that churches should be careful about growing too fast. Warren Bird agrees with Groeschel’s warning, noting that churches should maximize what they have before expanding and make sure any expansion is rooted in a strong leadership team and is financially responsible.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Before you wish for explosive growth at your church, planning for healthy growth is essential, lest your staff and finances get stretched or you lose your mission.

  • Planning to Grow: Craig Groeschel notes that money can get really tight when expanding a church campus. Are you saving up for the unexpected should your ministry expand?
  • Mission Matters: Warren Bird notes that churches should have a mission-centered plan for growth and only add new locations that line up with the calling and gifts of their congregation.
  • A Nice Problem to Have: Perhaps a season without significant growth can become an opportunity to clarify your vision, develop healthy systems, and to train new leaders.

How can your church prepare for future growth?

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One Comments

  • Todd Wilson May 31, 2016 Reply

    Thankful that the church at Antioch did not maximize what they had before expanding and making sure any expansion was rooted in a strong leadership team and was financially responsible. We’ve created quite a paradox in the US church. Our strategies to GROW too often limit our GO.

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