A growing church is only as strong as the foundation it’s built upon. As it says in Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
In this 2-part series, we will outline 7 important rhythms for churches to introduce and maintain as they grow. In Part 1 below, we’ve listed steps toward creating a scalable team, focusing outward, and encouraging the congregation to join the mission.
1. Create depth in your leadership team.
The goal for any growing church should be to hire staff members who are warm, proficient, and able to interact with and know the church attendees, not just the core members. If your Kids’ Ministry is an integral part of the church, for example, invest in a Children’s/Youth Ministry Director who is detail-oriented yet amiably warm with church families. This could very well be the first staff person a new visitor will meet when they walk into your church.
2. Be a church on mission.
The healthiest growing churches regularly contribute to the global Church, as well as the local church. God has equipped your church with gifts and passions to be on mission in a certain area, whether that be in the local community, across the country, or across the globe.
3. Facilitate church involvement beyond Sunday attendance.
As churches and their congregations grow, it can become difficult for visitors and members to find community solely during weekend gatherings.
Ministry doesn’t have to be bound to weekend services. Rather, sometimes the purest form of ministry takes place in life groups, bible studies, and community events throughout the week. It is especially important for growing churches to prioritize mid-week gatherings that encourage the congregation to engage outside of the Sunday gathering.
4. Regularly impart reminders to give.
Incorporate encouragement of God-honoring, joyful giving into your greeting or send-off during weekend services. This will foster a spirit of generosity throughout the congregation, no matter the season that your church is in.
We hope these first four ideas were encouraging and informational to your team. Stay tuned for more tips on facilitating healthy growth in your church in Part 2 of this post.