Could A Location Independent Strategy Work For Your Church?

One of the main goals of most churches is to reach more people. After all, a church can’t be effective without people. An emerging trend is the location independent strategy, also known as multisite. It’s not right for all churches, but it could be the solution to help you reach your community and boost attendance. It’s a unique strategy that works well for newer churches and those with a younger audience. If you’re looking for a unique way to draw in more people, consider multisite. What Is A Location Independent Strategy? A location independent strategy involves having numerous locations for …

How The Idea Of Sunday Worship Is Changing

As you look out over your members on Sunday morning, you might feel discouraged to see fewer members in attendance. It’s not always the church itself that’s the problem, though. Many of your members have had to change their schedules for their jobs, their kids’ activities and caring for aging parents. This makes it difficult for them to attend traditional services. Sunday worship is starting to change to accommodate more people and better engage members. Getting on board might just help your church grow faster. Offer Live Streaming Your members can’t always attend, but that shouldn’t mean they can’t worship …

Everything Your Church Should Know About SEO

Your church has a website, but it’s not helping with growth. What’s wrong? It could be as simple as learning a little more about SEO for churches. Search engine optimization is crucial for helping people find your website in search results. For instance, we searched for “church in Madison, WI” and got over one million results. If you want to stand out, master SEO and you’ll start seeing more visitors to your church’s site and more new visitors to your church. Focus On Local SEO for churches is a little different than just marketing a website. You’re marketing a physical …

7 Ways Church Leaders Must Change To Keep Members Coming Back

Even large churches struggle with keeping members coming back every week. Sometimes, it’s just that members have busy schedules. However, sometimes the problem lies with church leadership. This is when church leaders must change in order to boost attendance and even encourage new growth. The good thing is the necessary changes aren’t that difficult. They just make a major difference in how members feel about the church. 1. Stop Micromanaging It’s hard to give up control sometimes. You know exactly how you want something done and even though you have capable staff and volunteers, you micromanage every person and project. …

Why People Often Hate Growing Churches

Churches usually have two main goals – sharing faith with the community and continuing to grow the church. The two go hand in hand. As a church grows, you reach more people. However, you might have noticed that some of your members hate growing churches. They’re usually thrilled to see more people coming together, but it’s all the changes that go along with growth that could very well cause your original members distress. Disagreements Over Changes Change isn’t easy for anyone. In fact, people are wired to automatically reject a change that’s opposite of what they’re used to. Think of …

8 Ways To Incorporate Mobile Into Your Church

Your church is filled with smartphones. Whether your members are keeping them out of the way or getting distracted during services, it’s time to address how to incorporate mobile into your church. Instead of just banning phones or limiting them to a Bible app, encourage them to use their phones, but in a more productive way than just covertly checking out Facebook. Mobile doesn’t mean you’re going to the proverbial dark side. It’s just a modern way of engaging your members. You might be surprised at just how much more attention everyone pays. 1. Use Online Giving For safety reasons, …

Why Church Leaders Should Embrace Their Flaws

There has yet to be a church that exists with perfect members or church leaders. It’s not humanly possible. However, far too many church leaders feel that they have to be perfect and set that ideal example for everyone to follow. That type of pressure often just leads to even worse flaws. After all, being able to embrace who we are at any given moment makes it easier to become a better person. For leaders at church, this also helps you grow the church. Easier To Connect With Members Do you ever remember feeling intimidated in high school or college …

The Rise Of Online Prayer And How It Helps Your Church

Traditionally, group prayer happened either in person or through a prayer chain over the phone. However, online prayer is now on the rise. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people are praying online. After all, millions use social media every day to connect. Now, they’re just getting social in a different way. This is actually a good thing because it shows that prayer is still important and they want to pray with others even when they’re not in church. How Does Online Prayer Work Online prayer isn’t as strange as it may sound. People post prayers online from around …

7 Ways To Get Past The Small Church Mentality

It’s not uncommon for small and even medium-sized churches to fall into a common trap – the small church mentality. There’s nothing wrong with being a small church. However, this mentality stunts your church’s growth. It becomes harder to attract younger members and even older members don’t feel quite as engaged. Until your church moves past this mentality, growth and attendance are likely to dwindle. Instead, start making changes today that ensure a future for your church. 1. Use Simple Technology Mention the word “technology” in a small church and you might get groans instead of any form of agreement. …

8 Things Pastors Wish Their Members Knew

Pastors constantly work to understand their members, but how often do members consider what a pastor actually wants? They’d be amazed to learn how many things pastors wish they knew. By having this two-way understand, pastors and members create a much stronger bond and church. Even if when pastors don’t specifically say these things, they’re thinking these and many more. Of course, members and church staff should never be afraid to ask their pastor what’s on their mind. 1. They’re Human Too One of the most important things pastors wish their members knew is they’re human too. Pastors aren’t perfect …