Innovative Ministry
3 Ways Some Churches Grow Without Getting Bigger
Butts-in-the-seats growth is great. But it’s not going to happen for every church. That's never a reason to give up, coast along, or offer excuses.

While many great churches have been able to increase both their seating and sending capacities, other churches find themselves in the position of having to choose one or the other. And some of them choose sending over seating.

Many small churches regularly see people come in, get discipled, then leave for other ministries to disciple others.

Many small churches regularly see people come in, get discipled, then leave for other ministries to disciple others.

In our church, that happens all the time. From our internship program, to our alliance with local colleges, to sending adults off as full-time pastors, missionaries and the like.

If your call is to be a sending church, do it with all your heart. Your work may not result in the numerical growth of your church, but it will bless the church.

3. Some Churches Grow In Influence

Increasing the number of people sitting in our building for weekend services is too small a vision for our church.

We want to impact the entire world for Jesus.

And it’s never been easier to do that, in very real ways, than right now.

The internet has given even the smallest church an opportunity for global impact that could not have been dreamed of, even a decade ago.

This is something our church has leaned into with all our heart, and that we will be increasing dramatically in the years to come.

From Sunday morning live streaming, to podcasting the sermons, more people can see and hear your church’s services online than you could ever hope to fit inside the building.

Pastors like me are starting to blog their ideas to an ever-expanding audience, helping other churches learn from both our successes and failures.

Most churches have barely scratched the surface of what they can do on social media. But there are some great innovators in this arena.

Faith and Victory church is a mid-sized congregation in Auburn, Washington with 113,000 Twitter followers (and growing). How? Not by buying them, but because they work at it, as seen in Associate Pastor Todd Sommer’s post, Using Crowdfire to Grow Instagram and Twitter.

Not only are they growing their influence on Twitter, but they’re growing their influence among other churches by showing us how to do it, too.

Have you learned something important about ministry that others might want to know? Share it online and grow your church’s influence.

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January 23, 2017 at 3:25 AM

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