Friday, June 20, 2008

Planting Fast Growing Churches

I just read a book by Stephen Gray called Planting Fast Growing Churches. It is a finding of a study of over a hundred church plants to determine what made certain churches fast growing as opposed to struggling.

Interesting results. There are many findings that are suprising.

As for me and where I am in ministry, I found the following three factors most interesting:

1. Core group at the time of the launch was 40-50. It is important to develop a decent size core team before the launch. Those that had smaller core teams often struggled after the launch.

2. Multi-staff at launch. Fast growing churches had 2-3 staff members at the launch.

3. Large launch service (150-200). Fast growing churches started big and invested in massive outreaches and marketing.

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