When I first got started in ministry, I was determined to grow my church and transform lives. I attended every church growth class and evangelism seminar I could find. When I went to my first pastorate in a little country church, I thought I was ready.
The "town" I was in had a convenience store, three churches, and a paved street that ended at the driveway of my church. I was undeterred and began doing everything I'd learned to grow the congregation. To my delight, everything I did turned to gold and in three months I'd doubled the size of the congregation.
But six months later, all the growth had evaporated and I had no idea what had happened. All I knew was once there had been a sanctuary filled with new people and then we were back where we started.
It would be a decade later before I realized I had no sustainable processes for:
- Keeping the visitors flowing in
- Turning first-time visitors into returning guests
- Transforming members into neighborhood missionaries
- Deploying passionate disciples into the community
In this video, I introduce you to the four core processes so you don't fall into the same trap I did.