As Christians, we are called to go out and make disciples [Matthew 28:19]. However, it’s important to note that as your church grows, new challenges present along the way. Below, we’ve identified three potential difficulties for growing churches to overcome and how.
1. Church Leader to Member Ratios
When there is an increase in attendees, it is vital to have an increase in leadership. New members, especially new Christians, need guidance and nurturing as they grow in their faith. Where one pastor may have been able to care for 20 individuals, an additional 30 people may create a busier schedule for him and, unfortunately, less availability. By adding or promoting more leaders, such as ministers and teachers, a ministry can prioritize and provide needs to a more significant span of people.
2. The Church Building
Ministry can take place anywhere, definitely beyond the four walls your church calls home. On the other hand, from Bible study and choir practice to food drives and Sunday school, the average church building serves as more than just a place of worship. It’s the place where ministry happens!
As membership continues to grow, interior areas may lack enough room to accommodate all your congregation needs or wants. Brainstorm different rooms and spaces throughout the church building that could account for more traffic and seating: main entrances, lobbies, children playrooms/classrooms, etc.
Consider investing in construction and renovation, such as removing walls or building additional rooms. If lack of funding is a concern, look into creative, resourceful methods for financial assistance. Several common fundraising ideas for churches include peer-to-peer donations, church yard sales, and hosting ticketed events.
3. Fear of Change
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” [2 Timothy 1:7]
Last, but not least, we Christians must remind ourselves not to allow fear to govern our decisions. Although hard to accept, our society is continually changing, and so are methods of communication. If your church wasn’t concerned about its online presence before, now is the time to think about digital outreach, especially when your church body is growing.
For many children and young adults, smartphones and the Internet are the new norms. While your church is growing, think about creating or revamping your church’s website and social media accounts for visitors to follow. Regarding outreach, social networking has become an efficient way of spreading the word about events, businesses, and churches. According to a study in 2012, 33% of church attendees found out about their church online, and at least 46% of church attendees regarded the church’s website before deciding to visit. Considering it has been five years since then, it’s possible that those stats have since multiplied!
Life comes with its challenges; however, each obstacle is a new opportunity for God to work. Visit our website for useful outreach tools and additional resources for a growing ministry.