Here is a list of the classic growth barriers every church will or is currently facing. Under each is a quick summary of Nelson Searcy’s thoughts on each.
- When a room reaches 70% of its seating capacity, it’s full.
- Most churches face growth barriers when attendance reaches 65, 125, 250, 500, and 1,000.
- It is better to grow to 300 or 400 before starting a second service.
- If the church leaders have stopped maturing spiritually and progressing personally, the congregation is not far behind.
- Warning signs include stale sermons, the congregation’s passion waning, and the halt of staff and church growth.
- Churches stop growing when they become inwardly (instead of outwardly) focused.
- Healthy churches should have a 5:100 ratio of first-time guests.
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- To keep your service strong, always try to look like a church twice your size.
- Hiring staff is truly a faith issue. Many pastors want to put off staff hires until they have the money in place to support the positions. Sounds like a practical plan, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work. You will never have enough money in advance to hire the staff you need.
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