There are two types of churches in America… growing churches and dying churches. “Growing” tends to imply that the church is growing in number but growth can also be on a spiritual level. As Christians, we should always be focused on progress!
We should be focused on growing closer to God, growing our families spiritually so they desire the things of God, growing our bus routes, growing our church membership, and so much more! Some people will say, “If you are always concerned with growth, then you are too concerned with numbers!” But the simple fact is… more people means more souls! Our job is to reach the lost and give them the gospel, and the more people we have in the church, the more people we have to spread the gospel!
Growth is crucial in the Christian life! We should never be complacent where we are! So, with that being said, how do you grow a church?
This is by far the most beneficial and Biblical way to grow a church! The Great Commission commands all of God’s children to spread the gospel around the world. You don’t have to sit around and wait for a burden to go soul-winning, it’s a command! Acts 2 is a great example of God using soul-winning to grown his church.
“(40) And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
(41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” – Acts 2:40-41
God used Peter to preach the gospel and as a response, the Bible says, that there were thousands of people who got saved, were baptized, and were added to the church! You don’t need to conform to the world in order to reach the world… you simply need to tell others about what Jesus has done for them!
A true church is an assembly of saved and baptized believers! So, the gospel is really the only way to truly grow a church through the community around you, but there are some other things we can do to help our church grow. How else can you grow a church? Stop losing people!
Many churches steadily see people get saved and baptized throughout the year. Praise God! But these same churches tend to have the same steady flow of people leaving the church throughout the year. Now, we realize that you can never please everyone, but what can we do to help keep the people we already have?
Get excited about your salvation! Get excited about the old songs of Zion! Get excited about the preaching of the word of God! Don’t just sit in your pew and wait for a blessing… get excited about the things of God!
Our churches are singing “I am on the Winning Side” like they are on the losing side! They listen to preaching about the blood of Jesus that saved their soul from hell with no reaction! They get more excited about their son’s tee ball game than they do the things of God! No wonder people are leaving churches… Get excited about church!!!
Christians today can be some of the most judgmental people out there. Have we forgotten what being a “Christian” means? The term Christian doesn’t just mean you are saved, it means you are a follower a Christ! All throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus was known for loving everyone he came into contact with.
If you visit an average IFB church today, you will likely be greeted by the Pastor and then a series of cold shoulders. We need to get out of our clicks, walk across an aisle and love on people! The Pastor can’t grow a church by himself… find ways to love people!
If we could just get excited about the things of God and find a way to have a love for people… we would notice a huge difference in our churches! IFB churches have developed a reputation for being cold, dead and cruel. None of these descriptions should even come close to describing God’s church! If we can’t get excited about the great songs of the faith… If we can’t get excited enough to say “Amen!” when our Pastor preaches from the word of God… If we can’t go out of our way to talk with visitors and love on them… Then we have some BIG problems!
Growing a church isn’t only about gaining new members through salvation, but it’s also about keeping the people that you already have!