Wanting your church to grow isn’t enough. You have to take intentional action to make it happen. (Disclaimer: Yes, God makes it grow, not us. But God uses us to make it grow–by inviting our neighbors, living out our faith, etc. OK? Put the stones down.) And now we have stats to back that up. The Facts on Growth report from Hartford Seminary explores key factors in making a church grow. And it comes down to planning for growth. Among the common factors for churches that have grown:
- Multiple services.
- Launching or maintaining a web site in the past year.
- Racial diversity.
- Involving children in worship.
- Avoiding major conflict.
It’s important to note that none of these are clear paths to bringing more people into your church to hear about Jesus. They’re all indicators that these are mission-minded churches doing what it takes to draw people in. And as we all know, the number of butts in pews means nothing if you’re not also seeing Christ in hearts. (link via Turtle Interactive, which also shares some best practices for church web sites)