Things Growing Churches Understand (that dying churches do not)

There is a lot of stuff about “how to make your church grow”  flying about.  A whole lot.  Some of it is terrible.  Some of it is really good.

Here are my thoughts:

15 Things Growing Churches Understand:

  1. Your mission statement is your best friend
  2. Pastors must be strategic leaders 
  3. National events affect local congregations  
  4. Guilt, duty and obligation are not effective motivation tools 
  5. Evangelism and marketing are not the same thing but you have to do both 
  6. People often use “goods and services” from multiple churches 
  7. Facebook Live or your internet stream is the new first-time visit 
  8. Excellent facilities matter 
  9. Community involvement in itself does not grow churches
  10. People want strong Biblical teaching and preaching 
  11. Authenticity and “connect” matter more than production quality 
  12. You have to get new people plugged in lightening fast
  13. Generosity is a component of discipleship 
  14. Corporate worship is your “bread and butter”
  15. You must have a compelling vision of your future 

Christ Church has  grown from just over 200 to 2,500 over the past twenty-two years.  Growing churches view the world differently than declining churches and work from a very different set of assumptions.

In some ways, everything has changed in the last few years.

Except our need for great churches.

And our need for Jesus.


Shane 2017 Head


Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.


Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it.

5 thoughts on “Things Growing Churches Understand (that dying churches do not)

  1. Rev. Shane, this is an absolute wisdom for our contemporary churches. I am blessed by it, God bless u Sir

  2. I like #3 and #15 , actually I can relate to them all without hesitation! God Bless ! When you preach from your heart people realize and want to be part of your church!

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