A report from The Hartford Institute for Religion Research found that 59% of churches in suburbs grew at least 2% compared to the 44% of churches in other locations. In addition, innovative worship services, high volunteer involvement, large numbers of young people, a unique identity, and a specialized ministry were all key factors in determining the growth of a church.
Why this matters for church leaders:
While church growth must be trusted to God, there are common factors that tend to show up in growing churches that church leaders should consider.
- Is your church in a growing area? If the population in your community is declining or struggling financially, church attendance is far less likely, as there are fewer people available to attend church.
- Do you resolve conflict at your church? Churches that resolve conflict are the most likely to grow. That means, for instance, they are able to implement innovations with their worship service without causing a stir. How do you implement change and how do you handle input from your congregation?
- Younger churches are more likely to grow. There’s no escaping that churches with younger congregations tend to grow more. They may be more likely to innovate and try new things to reach the community. Is your church trying to recreate the past or innovating for the future?
Is your church growing or declining? Are there practices from these growing churches you could use at your church today?
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