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Seven Surprising Growth Strategies

August 1, 2013

Rev. Shane L. Bishop


It was 1998.  The E-mail was an SOS.  “Could anyone point me to some churches in our conference who were running in the low 200’s a few years ago and are running over 400 now? “ To say the list was short would be an understatement. As Christ Church has grown through the years, I have made a point of documenting some of the things we have learned about breaking though natural plateaus that tend to put a lid on most congregations. Here are seven strategies that continue to guide our church.

1. Vision: Take your staff and leaders to a church twice your size that was your size five years ago. Let them worship, spend some time with the staff and spend a week-day there to sense the flow of a larger church. It is fine to go to Monster-church conferences but most of them just depress me. Find a…

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