Here is a short but sweet article by Rick Warren. I have listed the bullet points. If you would like to read the entire article, please visit ARTICLE by Rick Warren
1) Decide you really, really want to grow – Believe
it or not, the primary barrier to church growth is desire. Do you really
want to grow? If the answer is yes, then you must commit to this goal
and be willing to accept changes.
2) Your role as pastor must change – Once you
decide you want to grow, you’ll need to analyze your role as pastor.
You must be willing to change from minister to leader.
3) Mobilize members for ministry – Be willing to
give up some leadership and entrust ministry to the people in the pews.
4) Begin having multiple services – If you’re not
already doing so, I encourage you to seriously start planning for it. By
offering people a choice of services, you’re effectively putting
another hook in the water.
5) Multiply your staff – In order to grow past that
200 barrier, you must begin moving to multiple staff. You must begin to
specialize the staff under your leadership.
6) Plan big days – The best way I know to break
through barriers is to break a few all at one time. Plan a big day — an
event — and your numbers go up. Yes, they go back down afterwards, but
not as far as they were before the event. Keep doing this and you grow.
Big holidays are an obvious time to concentrate on events — Easter,
Christmas. Plan outreaches to the community.
7) Have multiple cells – Groups of 8-12 people. Cells
become tools for caring for the body.
8) Expand your facility – Many churches build
too small, too fast. What I’m saying is you need to plan for growth and
project out what your needs will be.
May God bless you and anoint you as you begin to implement these changes
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