Consider this as you prepare for church growth

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25

Jesus admonished us to listen carefully to His words and obey His teaching to withstand life’s storms. We typically think of storms as situations such as an illness, financial difficulties, strained relationships, etc. However, storms can come with something wonderful such as a rapidly growing church.

“Seriously?! We’re struggling to build any momentum at all and you’re warning us about a ‘storm’ of church growth?”

Yep, that’s exactly what I’m saying and here’s why:

Let’s say you have a church of 500 people and one Sunday that number goes up to 600. A month later, you’re at 800…then 930…then 1,000. That’s great…right?! Of course, that’s an amazing growth spurt for any church and should be celebrated. As we rejoice, we need to determine how we will effectively serve a larger congregation.

Consider the following as you prepare for church growth:

  • How many more children need care in the nursery and how many more volunteers does that require?
  • More people typically means a more diverse set of expectations and needs. If you didn’t have a divorce care program before, you may have several people with the need for that assistance now. Consider starting or adding small groups to assimilate new members.
  • Do you have a church database to record contact information, small group assignments, volunteer roles, etc.?
  • Does your current parking area have the capacity for additional cars?
  • Is your sanctuary large enough to handle more attendees or should you add a service?
  • More people also means (hopefully) more tithes and (definitely) more expenses. Is your accounting team equipped to handle these changes?
  • You’ll likely need more volunteers to serve a larger congregation. Do you already have a clear process in-place for new people to become members, discover their gifts, and start serving?

As you can see, there are many changes that result from a growing congregation. Seeing more people commit their lives to Christ or simply start attending church consistently again is a wonderful thing. Prepare for this influx ahead of time by thinking through the above items (and that’s certainly not an exhaustive list).

As your church grows, you’ll be well-equipped to serve your larger congregation with excellence and get them engaged in ministry. It’s not about seeing more people in the seats each week, it’s about providing a safe and loving environment where they can grow in their relationship with God and be equipped for ministry. That requires preparation on the part of your staff and key volunteers. It can be detailed, hard work but it most certainly is worth the effort to build a solid foundation for a growing congregation.

Has your church experienced growth recently? How have you handled the influx of new people?