How To Grow A Church
November 20, 2017
by Alex Anderson

Creativity fosters better leadership, problem solving and promotes teamwork.

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If you’re a part of a young church, there’s a good chance that you’re thinking about the numbers every Sunday.

If you’re a part of a young church, there’s a good chance that you’re thinking about the numbers every Sunday. Especially if you’re a part of a launch team. You might have contributed long hours to this church plant. You might have relocated for this church plant. And even if your church is long-established and has a significant following, it’s important for church leaders to count the number of heads that arrive each week. How many people are visiting? How many people are signing up for more information, for small groups, for connect groups, for life groups? All important.

Naturally, that’s next question that pops up: how does a team grow a church? And more specifically, how can we each contribute to the growth of a church, collectively?

Have you looked online? There’s plenty of books, conferences, coaches and articles that answer that question for you. You’re reading one now, and in all transparency,

Yellowbox helps churches to launch strong and grow deep

That’s our thing. You might be told to prioritize creativity (true) and go into the community (that’s a good one) and preach a message for the unbeliever and believer alike (that’s the Gospel, right?). There’s a lot of “experts” who have valid opinions on the matter.

But there isn’t a best practice or book excerpt that can help you if you aren’t first keeping these things in mind.

Find the other.

Our purpose in Christianity can be easily summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) And the lost aren’t always the people who are friendly, talkative and charismatic when they visit your church for the first time. They aren’t the young couple that just moved to town who couldn’t be more excited about joining a small group.

You’ll need to find the “other.” The person who doesn’t fit in, the person who might not feel at home. The hard-to-love person. 

We all can think of who that person is for us. But until we are willing to find the other and intentionally invest in, our church won’t be all that it can be.

Embrace your role.

Take a look at Ephesians 4:16 here. “[Jesus] from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

If we take this passage seriously, then we know that the key to growth as a church is church leaders, members and volunteers all working harmoniously in the role that they’ve been placed in by the Lord. When each person is embracing the position that God’s placed them in, “when each part is working properly, [the body grows] so that it builds itself up in love.” And that’s hard sometimes, considering that modern day church culture says that MY pastor should always be accessible. MY pastor has time to hear the social media strategy. MY pastor can help the community outreach team plan events. And while those things may be true while you’re launching a new church plant, they no longer are viable once you’ve grown.

Leaders in the church are placed in the church by God to fulfill a specific purpose. If you’re a leader, part of your responsibilities include equipping others to fulfill their purpose–not to fulfill it for them. Help the church do what it needs to. Don’t do it all yourself.

Seek excellence.

As we delve into Scripture, we often see commands to excel in Christian character. More than that, we find calls to be excellent in every endeavors for the Lord. It’s simply a call to not be content with things being less than what they could be.

One of the most powerful descriptions of excellence can be found in 1 Corinthians 9:24, a call to action from Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

By seeking excellence in our daily lives, we prove to others that God can, and will, work in their lives for greatness. When we grasp what’s already been given to us, and unapologetically create something for our church community that’s excellent — we give our friends, family and loved ones permission to do the same.

If you found this article informative and helpful, please share! And don’t forget to keep a lookout for incoming resources for churches and ministries from Yellowbox Creative.

Do you need help:

(1) Launching a church plant?

(2) Designing your church series?

(3) Nurturing a creative community?

At Yellowbox, we empower churches and ministries with the tools, coaching and resources they need to reach real people. With that creative support, church outreach is no longer intrusive — it becomes a catalyst for community.