3 Factors That Keep Churches Small

I’ve worked with hundreds of churches over the last few years.

Some large. Some small. Many somewhere in between.

In my travels I’ve learned what keeps many churches small.

It’s not theology.

It’s not financial resources.

Instead, I’ve noticed 3 factors in churches that keep growing (and the opposite in those who don’t):
      1. An earnest desire for leaders to keep learning new skills
      2. A relentless commitment to reach out to those far from God 
      3. An effective strategy for evangelism and discipleship

I’m not saying every church that does these things grows to 10,000 people, but growing churches are involved in each of these factors.

That’s why this summer I want to help you 1) learn new skills that will enable you to 2) reach more people for God and implement 3) effective strategies for evangelism and discipleship at our conference this summer.

The Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp is happening on August 13-14 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort at Walt Disney World.
You can find all of the details here.

We’ll be offering a session specifically for pastors who want to break the 200, 500 and 1,000 growth barriers.

Listen: There is literally no other event like this where you’re getting relevant coaching specific to your growth barrier that taught by someone who has actually broken these barriers.
What’s the pricing info?
$179 to register
Add staff/ team members for only $99 each
You can get more info and register for the event here.

BONUS: When you register for the Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp at the Early Bird rate, you’ll receive a $179 gift card, which is good for any sermon series in our store.

Also, we’ve secured special pricing at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort for only $129 a night! (You can check out the resort here)

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Branding Your Church For Growth

Branding is such a buzzword these days that I’d love to just write it off all together.

The problem is, branding matters.

Most people think branding is your logo, colors, and website design.

It’s so much more…

Your branding is the story you’re telling your community about who you are what you stand for.

It’s how you explain to people who have never attended the ways you’re able to serve them.

I know this, I work with hundreds of churches every year and many times, the branding is saying something the church doesn’t want to say.

And this becomes a barrier to new people to attend.

You need a brand that’s strong, inviting, and that connects with your community if you’re going to lead a church that grows.

We’re going to be doing an entire main session this year at our “Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp” on the subject of, “Branding: What’s the story your Church is Telling”.

The Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp is a nuts and bolts, practical experience that’s going to give your church the tools to break the growth barriers you’re currently facing in your church.

Here are the details for the event:

The Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp is happening on August 13-14 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort at Walt Disney World.
You can find all of the details here.

Here’s the deal: This is an event that’s limited to 100 churches.

(I’m not trying to turn this into some big leadership conference.)

Instead, this bootcamp is about helping a select group of churches reach more people that they thought possible.

So this is what I’m doing:

I will be teaching this event (with a few special guests) and we’ll be focusing on what it takes to break growth barriers.

But we’ll be offering session specifically for pastors who want to break the 200, 500 and 1,000 growth barriers.

Listen: There is literally no other event like this where you’re getting relevant coaching specific to your growth barrier that taught by someone who has actually broken these barriers.

What’s the pricing info?

$179 to register

Add staff/ team members for only $99 each
You can get more info and register for the event here.

BONUS: When you register for the Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp at the Early Bird rate, you’ll receive a $179 gift card, which is good for any sermon series in our store.

Also, we’ve secured special pricing at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort for only $129 a night! (You can check out the resort here)

Listen, there is no other event on this planet that’s going to teaching you how to barriers to growth in a hands-on, practical way.

Don’t Delay!

This is going to be a great event!
You can sign up here.

I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about the Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp, call us at 954-505-4783 or reply to this email and we’ll get you the info you need.

-Bob

P.S. This is a great opportunity to turn an event into a mini-vacation. You can participate in the Breaking Growth Barriers Bootcamp and then head to Disney World for the weekend!

Church Is Like A Video Game… (sort of)

Probably dating myself but ok, hands down, my absolute favorite all time Atari game is Pitfall.

It was the coolest game ever.

You swung on vines.

You hopped on the heads of alligators.

You jumped on rolling logs.

The goal?

Get through the jungle and capture all of the treasures before time runs out.

When I started playing Pitfall my brother told me, “Whatever you do, don’t fall into the quicksand.”

Sure enough, staying out of the quicksand was one of the toughest parts of the game.

In similar fashion, I planted my church 14 years ago and staying out of the quicksand that gets churches stuck is one of the toughest things about leading a church.

We got stuck 4 years into our church plant.

It felt awful. It seemed like the more we did to get unstuck the more stuck we got.

It was like the quicksand in Pitfall all over again.

Then we made some radical changes and our church doubled over the next year.

Now we’re celebrating a whole new phase in our church’s growth as we move into a building and we expect things to accelerate even faster.

We’ve learned so much as we crossed over different growth barriers and that’s why I recorded a webinar called “5 Factors To Becoming A Fast Growing Church.”

You can’t buy a ticket to this exclusive event…but you can check out the replay here:

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Albert Einstein Could Help Your Church…

In 2004 our church was stuck.

We had grown at a good rate for our first 3 years and then we hit “the wall”.

We got stuck in our growth as a church and for the next 18 months, we grew by 10 people.

Ten.individual.humans.

Not to sound ungrateful, but we had a whole city to reach and growing by 10 people every 18 months wasn’t going to cut it.

At first I believed the “I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing” myth. I learned that doesn’t work.

Here’s a leadership lesson (which is a loosely based on an Albert Einstein quote): to get out of the mess, you have to do different things than what got you into the mess.

Over the next few months, I learned why we were stuck. We took serious action and that next year our church doubled.

Now we’re celebrating a whole new phase in our church’s growth as we moved into a building and we expect things to accelerate even faster.

We’ve learned so much as we crossed over different growth barriers and that’s why I recorded a webinar called “5 Factors To Becoming A Fast Growing Church.”

You can’t buy a ticket to this exclusive event…but you can check out the replay here:

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#1 Habit Of Highly Effective Preachers

Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote:

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

Sounds confusing, right?  But what it means is that we have a tendency as people to allow non-essentials to distract us.  So, maintaining focus is key.  And as a pastor, here is the essential focus that has struck me:

I need to preach the Gospel every week and give people an opportunity to make a decision to come to know Jesus in our services each week.

I think this is really important for several reasons:

1. It gives people an opportunity to cross the line of faith – Many times people don’t respond the first time you share the Gospel with them. They need time to think it over. The sooner you share the Gospel, the sooner they start thinking it over.

2. The Christians in your church know what to expect – If you share the Gospel every week, people will bring those far from God to your church every week. The Christians in your church will know that you are going to give their friends an opportunity to make a decision, and will bring their friends who need Jesus.

3. It will teach the people in your church how to share the Gospel – People learn by what is modeled for them. If you share the Gospel, they will know how to share it as well.

Let me say for the record that I don’t consider myself an evangelist. I wouldn’t put it in my top 3 spiritual gifts. I’m a teacher before anything else. But even if I’m not an evangelist, this verse says I’m to do the work of an evangelist.

We’ve seen so many give their lives to Jesus at CF since Easter. God is doing something wonderful and exciting. This isn’t an isolated thing. There are people in your church who are ready right now to give their lives to Jesus. All we have to do is show them how.