Over the last 10-15 years, my partner in 24toDouble, Pastor Jerry Lawson, has learned a TON about the ins and outs of growing a church.
One thing I learned from Jerry is that healthy things grow.
Now before we get started, let’s get one thing out of the way…
The concept of “church growth” at times connotes comparison. And I don’t think that a goal of growth, with comparison at its heart, is the right approach here.
When we begin to think about growth, and in order to start on the right foot, let’s think instead of church health.
Because healthy things… grow.
In order to have a healthy church, you have to have a healthy culture. Including…
A Healthy Staff –
Whether paid or volunteer, the people who do ministry at your church must be healthy.
When Jerry started out at Daystar Church, he had ONE employee. Now Daystar employs 50 staff over multiple campuses. And they still have way more volunteers than employees.
A healthy church...
When you give it your all on your outreach efforts, only to see that new visitors don’t translate into steady church growth, ask yourself the question…
Are we making follow-up a priority?
I mean, really making follow-up a priority.
You know where your priorities lie—not so much on the amount of effort put into something—but what systems you have applied to something.
What is your church’s follow-up system?
Before we go too far into making you feel completely inadequate, let’s nail down the basic essentials for any church follow-up system to be truly effective…
Basically, you need 2 processes (nailed down) and 5 tools.
First, you need a Follow-Up Process.
Basically, this is a one-page flowchart that shows what happens when someone enters your church for the first time.
This covers everything from how guest information is collected, where it’s entered, WHO is responsible for (what type of) follow-up, and what happens...
Listen to Pastor Jerry Lawson of Daystar Church share the power of WHY, and exactly why communicating WHY is so important when it comes to getting people to change.
Just a few short years ago, Jerry Lawson found himself as the new pastor of a 60-year old church with sixty 60-year olds.
Today, Daystar Church in Cullman, Alabama is a multisite church with over 3,500 worshiping every weekend.
What did he learn in his journey of massive church growth that made all the difference? …
We recently had the privilege of hosting a workshop with Pastor Jerry Lawson, pastor of Daystar Church in Cullman, Alabama.
Jerry is also the man behind 24toDouble, a whole church discipleship model that has helped more than 2,000 churches learn how to double their church in 24 months or less.
What started as a 60-year old church with sixty 60-year olds (in a town of 491 people) has since blossomed into a multi-site church with 5,000-weekend worshipers.
Jerry has learned how to overcome obstacles to church growth.
In this workshop, he shared seven that are most common to churches.
And it’s critical to know these. Friend, we are in a war.
Did you know that 100 years ago that 80% of Americans attended church?
But then, by World War 2, that number shrank to just 40%, meaning the church in America had already lost HALF the population in one generation.
Today, the most accurate statistical efforts tell us that about 20% of the population goes to church.
Ministry is hard work and I would like to give you free access to our Insane Follow-Up Webinar. In this free presentation, I show you exactly how we follow up with every person that visits our church to ensure they are invited back. This is the most effective strategy we have ever developed to make sure no one falls through the cracks or feels like no one even cared if they were there.