Looking for “Myth Busters”
by admin under Church Growth
There are a few myths I keep running into that I feel are hurting churches chances of reaching the unreached population in the U.S. So I thought I would share five of the biggest myths I’ve heard lately.
- Myth One: An acoustical service is a great way to reach new people. The fact is the only people it normally reaches are the few people who decide to do it. Acoustical services remain small due to their design and function. I’ve yet to find a church with an acoustical service over 100 on a regular basis. If you know of one be a “Myth Buster” and respond
- Myth Two: A service at some other time than Sunday will reach people. The truth is you can resign yourself to the fact that the most you will get any other day but Sunday is 10% of what you have on Sunday morning. When you see the big Friday night services you will see huge Sunday morning services. If you know of a place that gets significantly more than 10% of its Sunday crowd at some other day be “Myth Buster” and respond.
- Myth Three: All you have to do is start a contemporary service and the church will grow. While it is true that starting another service is the best way to grow a church, it’s not true that just starting a contemporary service will cause the church to grows. People aren’t looking for a contemporary service; they are looking for a contemporary church. If you know of a dead, unfriendly, self-centered, take-care-of-the-members-first church that started a contemporary service and the service exploded with growth, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.
- Myth Four: If we build it they will come. This myth goes two ways. First, I’ve seen church after church build a Family Life Center (fancy word for Gym) and expect the youth to use. Problem is they will only allow the youth to use it when adults are present so it just sits there empty. Second, the vast majority of church build extra space and do not increase their staff and they wonder why they don’t grow. Folks, buildings don’t keep people. A new worship center or location may bring in more people for 18 months later they’re gone because the church grew by 30% and never added staff. If you know of a church that greatly enlarged its facilities and didn’t add staff and grew significantly and had a large portion of that growth two years later, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.
- Myth Five: If we only had more money. Now I know you can’t do ministry without money. But the truth is most of the ministries that grow a church don’t cost money. You know the best way to grow a church- inspire your people to invite their networks either to church or some “side door” activity where they rub shoulders with Christians. That costs nothing. If you know of a church that grows simply because it has the money to grow, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.
Want to be a destroyer of “Myths?” Let me know of the myths you feel are hurting the church. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll publish them somewhere along the way.
And if you have any thoughts as to why people buy into myths without checking out the facts, share that with me also.