Often we benchmark our growth against ourselves when the real indicator of growth is if you are matching the growth of your community. Rich Birch breaks down ideas of tracking church growth and what actual measurements to use.
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Key insights from the episode:
It’s the practical things that hold churches back from growth, not theology. – Rich Birch
Executive pastors and those leading from the second or third chair live at the intersection of vision and execution. – Rich Birch
The way fast-growing churches think is not just to get first-time people in the door, but how do we build a community that ultimately moves people into a growing relationship with Jesus. – Rich Birch
Churches that are growing are benchmarking against the wrong thing: don’t benchmark against yourselves, benchmark against the growth of your community. – Rich Birch
Only 6% of churches in the country are growing faster than the community they are in. – Rich Birch
Our church attendance is in decline. If those trends continue, the actual church attendance in 2050 will be half of what it was in 1990 while at the same time, the population will double. – Rich Birch
No growth and staying small are not OK, if you remain where you are you will lose ground. – Rich Birch
The sweet spot is growth just over the growth of the community. – Rich Birch
Online giving presents a new challenge of a “set it and forget it” mentality. – Rich Birch
The healthy and ideal way to grow that is reasonable and sustainable is to grow 10% a year. – Rich Birch
The local church is the only organization that exists for people who are not here yet, every other business exists for its members. – Rich Birch
Fast-growing churches equip their members with all kinds of resources to help them invite their friends. – Rich Birch
70% of why people come to a church is because of the teaching. – Rich Birch
People will talk to their friends about what they are hearing at church if they think it will make a difference in their lives. – Rich Birch
Invitability: It’s not about you, it’s about your friends. – Rich Birch
People like to be a part of something that makes a difference. – Rich Birch
Rich’s Challenge of the Week: Practice inconvenient hospitality this week.
Lead yourself (and your church) to become greater followers of Jesus. Red Letter Challenge
For so many Christians, the discipleship process isn’t very clear.
They know they need to go to church, pray, not sin, and maybe attend a small group. While these are great things, they don’t outline a clear path leading people to live more like Jesus.
We’d love to introduce you to the 40-Day Red Letter Challenge.
When you and your church take the challenge, you’ll have a clear 40-day discipleship path that will help you master five key areas of discipleship.
Some not-so-key insights:
Omaha is a slice of heaven. – Rich
McDonald’s has the best poutine in Canada. – Rich
Petting zoos (including turtles) can grow your church. – Rich
I don’t want to build a better mousetrap to catch a bunch of church followers. – Rich
I can watch church now with my egg sandwich and a mimosa. – Chris
Those that eat poutine have a three year longer expectancy. – Zach
If it wasn’t for Canadians we would be pulling our shirts and jackets off because we couldn’t fasten them. – Chris