It sounds like one of those sensational headlines designed to trick you into clicking on something, only to find an ad waiting for you, but I think there's something worth considering as you build your guest ministry.
We know we want our churches to be healthy and experience growth. Sustained growth means we are consistently reaching new hearts for Christ! But with roughly 80% of US churches experiencing decline, what is keeping our churches from growing?
Can’t God do things instantly?
Our culture continues to change at a rapid rate. The minute we think we have understood a cultural shift and adjusted our approach we recognize it has changed yet again. The effectiveness of your church is influenced greatly by your understanding of the culture which God has placed your church in.
For many churches the natural path seems to be to add new ministries and initiatives each year with little consideration on the impact on the church as a whole. We need to stop and ask ourselves some questions before adding new programs, such as "How will these new ministries managed?" and "Will the leaders of our church have enough energy for the new ministries to be successful?"
Have you ever thought to yourself: "Why would I pay for graphic design when I can create something nice in microsoft word or publisher?"
Life is full of conflict. Good vs. Evil. Right vs. Wrong. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Conflict is a normal part of life that can't be avoided. Given that reality, you have a choice to make: What conflicts am I going to embrace, and what conflicts am I going to avoid?
If you want to grow your church, then you have to face the reality that growth in attendance means that more people actually need to attend your church. Brilliant right? So now the real question: How? How do you get more people to attend?
Have you ever visited a church where everyone wears their "Sunday best", the pastor smiles and is cleanly shaven, but when it comes time for the call to salvation at the end of the service, you can hear the crickets chirping? Perhaps things are going too well at your church, or running too smoothly.