What's in this session?

  • Humble beginnings: Carey’s first church had a weekly attendance of 6 people (20:20)
  • Why is my church not growing? It’s not lack of spirituality (23:30)
  • The Scriptural basis for church growth & strategy (24:40)
  • Why it’s hard to grow your church past the 200-250 mark (27:40)
  • How Brady prepared for the growth of Pro Video Announcements (29:10)
  • The Mom & Pop Store vs. The Supermarket (32:08)
  • Why your church is having way too many meetings (44:15)
  • How Carey’s team managed 2.2 million dollars of giving last year (47:06)
  • Your church has too many programs & events (48:10)
  • How Carey’s church is preparing to grow beyond 2000 people (51:32)

Show notes and resources

3 Instant Takeaways

  1. Breaking through the barrier past two hundred attenders at your church means thinking and behaving differently. You have to apply varying skills to varying church sizes and not attempt a one-size-fits-all outworn model of organization. A lot of church leaders think that growth is primarily a spiritual thing, accomplished only through prayer. Prayer is foundational, but Carey says growth is also a strategic thing that has underlying principles. Anyone who thinks that strategies are unimportant in church growth haven’t read the Bible. Look at Moses designating elders. Look at the disciples in the Book of Acts divvying up the workload.
  2. Church growth is all about scale. As your church grows you need to scale everything accordingly. If the church gets larger, scale yourself back and scale staff and volunteers in to fill your role. Carey says the difference between small churches and large churches is the difference between Mom and Pop small stores and large supermarkets. In a small store, Mom and Pop are the financial department, the staff, the advertising department and the buyers. Theirs is a pastoral form of leadership. In a supermarket model, it takes a team to run the store properly and everyone is specialized.
  3. Plan for growth. Ask yourself what you need to do now before you grow to be prepared. Leaders who are successful designate as often as necessary and accept a role that is more hands-off in the everyday life or business of the church. One person cannot maintain intimate, personal, meaningful relationships with everyone in a large congregation. Hand it off, Carey maintains. Hand it off. The only caveat to preparing for growth is not to over-prepare: don’t act like a big business when you are still a startup.

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