All over the world, you’ll find countless unique expressions of the same gospel through the local church. And what a great thing that is! The diversity in our faith is what makes it possible for us to reach vastly different audiences for the Kingdom of God. Yet, no matter how different each body, it’s easy to see there is a similar need across the board for consistency and stability amongst people seeking a church home. Churches that see sustained, steady growth are consistent with their choices. Newcomers are welcomed by the feeling that they can come to know what to expect at the house of faith they’re beginning to call their own. Continuity and faithfulness build trust with your congregation, especially in a day and age when many people harbor distrust towards religion and the Church in particular.
Growing, healthy churches must be consistent, and it’s important to know that consistency is not about style. Whether your church sings praise to God via a hymnal or worships along with a live band, being decidedly authentic with what God has called you to do is the key. If you’re consistent in authenticity, people that are like you will find you and your church will grow. When someone can expect to be greeted by familiar faces each week, it makes big churches feel small. Making large organizations feel like a community requires intentionality.
But, respecting steady growth can be a challenge. We often desire immediate growth both spiritually and in numbers. However, remaining consistently true to what God has called your church to be not only brings newcomers in, but keeps them there. They begin to trust you with their children when they know they can expect safety and love from your kids team. They’ll keep coming back when they can trust the Lead Pastor to be prepared to lead them and their families each Sunday. Consistency and trust build congregations over time.
Best of all, this concept of maintained and steady growth isn’t just an idea that large churches and movements should put into practice. Developing these strategies for steady growth and keeping them constant is as imperative for a church of 100 members as it is for one of 1,000.
Don’t be confused. Steady growth does not mean stagnant systems. It’s imperative that you take the time to audit your practices and check in with your leaders frequently. The move of God is not stale, but it is steady. If you feel growth is stagnant in your church, start with this concept of steadiness today. Ask yourself and your team where you can afford to be more consistent with the things that are working for you and watch as your congregation experiences growth, steady freddy.
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