The 3 Most Effective Ways To Grow Your Church Fast


There are three primary ways how to make your church grow fast. These are church growth strategies that work with any Bible believing church. It doesn’t even matter if your congregation is large or small; these three things are guaranteed to grow your church fast. However, if you fail to take the steps, your church might wither away to the point of death.

The three ways to grow your church fast will not only add numbers to the congregation, but they will also enhance the spiritual maturity of every member.

Taking initiative and making these three things the primary focus is necessary. If you’re not willing to commit yourself, understand that growth will not happen as God wills.

The Key to Church Growth: Commitment

Before I share what the three most effective ways to grow your church fast are, you need to know that persistence is required. In other words, this is not something you can halfway do or do at your own leisure. The information you are about to receive will only be effective if practiced on a regular and consistent basis.

While our Lord was upon Earth, there was a time when He was found teaching in the Temple as a young boy. After three days of sorrowful searching Jerusalem, Joseph and Mary finally found Him in the midst of the doctors, hearing and asking them questions. When Mary found Him, she asked why He had dealt with them in such a way, and Jesus responded with a question. And within that question, we hear these words: “I must be about my Father’s business.”

Jesus Christ was committed from a child to God’s work. Any Bible believing church that commits to the work of the Lord will no doubt experience growth. Again, if it’s not in numbers, then it will be in maturity. I believe it’s inevitable that the church will increase in numbers though, but depending on the type of service, the progress may vary. But the church will multiply if these three things are consistently practiced.

#1 Soul-Winning

The first way to grow your church fast is soul-winning. Any church that regularly practices bringing people to the knowledge of the truth is bound to grow.

In Proverbs 11:30, the Bible says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise.”

We that believe in Jesus Christ have been given a message from God that gives life. The fruit is our God given message; it is a tree of life. Whoever eats of the Tree of Life never dies (Genesis 3:22). The Tree of Life is Christ, because He gives everlasting life. Whoever believes in Him “shall never die,” are the words of Jesus, when He spoke to Martha after Lazarus’ death (John 11:24-26).

John 6:53-54: Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Anyone that receives Jesus Christ in faith must eat His flesh and drink His blood. This is done by obeying the Father’s command to believe on His Son (1 John 3:23).

Soul-winning is the first step to receiving Christ in faith. It’s every churches responsibility to send out soul-winners. God has ordained preaching that others may hear and believe too.

Churches which take winning the lost to Christ serious are more likely to grow than churches that don’t. Many churches support missionaries to go out into the world and reach the lost, and while this is good, it’s not going to have much impact on growing your own church.

I believe every church has a mission field around them, and it’s their responsibility to make Christians within that area. The government of the church can decide the most effective way to reach your mission field. However, it’s my personal belief that every church should have a paid staff of trained evangelists to undertake in such a task. Preachers are also responsible to teach everyone how to effectively share Christ on a daily basis.

#2 Discipleship

The second way to grow your church fast is discipleship.  Discipleship is the most neglected method for church growth, because it requires the most time and energy. It also requires a great deal of sacrifice, patience, and maturity.

Disciples are known for their self-sacrifice and confession of Christ. The heart of their ministry is to teach converts how to submit to the authority of the Godhead. This is called making disciples. It may also be called making Christians, because it’s teaching people how to be Christian.

The most common words used to describe discipleship were spoken after the resurrection of Christ in Matthew 28.

Matthew 28:18-20: ¶And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The first Disciples were commissioned with the responsibility to “teach all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  They were not to teach extra-biblical philosophies or doctrines of other religions, but rather they were to teach them to observe the commandments of Christ.

Keeping the commandments begins with love. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” According to Jesus, love is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). It’s the most important subject for a Christian to learn. It’s also the most difficult to keep because it requires we love God more than our family and friends. However, discipleship must start here.

Secondly, discipleship involves teaching how to love others. The intention is to love our neighbor more than we love our selves.

When we love like this, people will be drawn to the church, and it will grow. It will not only increase in numbers, but the people will also continue to grow in their knowledge and experience of Christ.

#3 Ministries

The third way to grow a church fast is ministries. People flock to ministry, and if your church doesn’t have it, then people will not feel obligated to stay. Ministry gives a people the feeling of importance. It makes them feel like they are needed. And they are!

Getting people involved should be a primary goal of any Pastor. People want to contribute to good causes.

Some ministries to consider:

  • Help around the church
  • Help in the community

There’s always work to be done around the church, and opening the doors for volunteers will make people feel needed and important. The deacons don’t have to be the only ones to serve…

Now, when Paul was sent out from Jerusalem, the Apostles wanted him to remember the poor (Galatians 2:10), which he was diligent to do. Ministering to the poor will grow a church.

The Bible says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Churches that minister to the poor are more likely to grow, because God will send people there who have the means and heart to contribute.

All of the large churches around me that are continuously growing give huge amounts of food and gifts away every year; they also have attracted some very wealthy people too.

Now I’m not saying sell your convictions, but I am saying that good Christians have money, and they want to give it! It’s important for every church to visit and minister to the poor. Every church that provides for the people in and out of the congregation will grow, because God will add to it as He sees fit.

Final Thoughts

There are three effective ways to grow your church fast 1) soul-winning, 2) discipleship, and 3) ministry. Every church that practices these three scriptural methods for church growth will multiply. All members should be trained to share Christ effectively, and they should constantly find encouragement to teach others the commands of Christ.

We all want to feel like we belong to something good, so opening the door to impact the world with ministry will attract appropriate people to contribute various ways. There is more than one way to impact the world for Christ, but they all take commitment.  It’s time to take action and get involved with what Jesus is doing all over the world today…

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