Ed Stetzer and company at the North American Mission Board recently unveiled some research that shows why some church plants experience higher rates of growth than others. Below is a summary of the ten factors revealed in this research that proved to be the most successful in helping a church plant grow:
Location: Schools prove to be excellent locations for church plants for two three big reasons – visibility, space, and low cost.
Ministry: In general, the best way to reach new families is reaching the children first.
Promotion: In short, the most successful church plants publish their purpose. They let the community know what they are about.
Training: Those churches that provide avenues for discipleship upfront assimilate new members better.
Expectations: The churches in this research study required new members to sign a church covenant.
Finances: Church plants that experienced the most growth were the most serious about becoming self-sufficient and supporting their church planters financially.
Staff: These churches got the right leaders on the bus from the beginning and placed them in the right seat on the bus. In other words, the church planters were involved in the areas of ministry that correctly reflected their passions.
Missions: Those church plants that were the most successful were looking to plant other churches within at least three years after their own initial church plant. These churches were looking outward from the beginning.
Leadership: Successful church plants develop strong leaders from within. They train up their own.
Achievement: The church planters that saw the most success with their churches had a big vision because they saw what God was capable of doing.
What do you think? Is there anything that you would add? Though it wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the article, I would venture a guess that these churches were also highly evangelistic as well. And this evangelistic fire probably was started by the pastor/leaders of the church.