Simply Strategic Growth: Attracting a Crowd to Your Church

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Simply Strategic Growth to the rescue! This great new resource will help with the practical and creative sides of planning church services. Includes advice on facilities, parking, church environment, children's ministry, promotion, programming, and philosophy.
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Overview

Simply Strategic Growth to the rescue! This great new resource will help with the practical and creative sides of planning church services. Includes advice on facilities, parking, church environment, children's ministry, promotion, programming, and philosophy.
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What People Are Saying

Jim Mellado
Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
Every leader knows the power of ideas that work! Great churches like Granger are built on them, and Tim and Tony serve them up by the dozen. If you're a leader in the church, please read this book. Your church will be better for it.
Leonard Sweet
Don't let the 'attractional' language fool you. This book is really about 'missional' Christianity and meeting the culture where it's at, not where you wish it were. This series just keeps getting better and better.
—(Leonard Sweet, Author of Out of the Question, AquaChurch, and Summoned to Lead and chief contributor to preachingplus.com)
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Ed Young, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Church, Grapevine, Texas
Tim and Tony have compiled some phenomenal ideas that can help any church, regardless of its size, experience strategic growth by doing ministry in ways that reach out to this generation. These fresh and practical insights can provide the fuel for a new move of God in your church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764428654
  • Publisher: Group Publishing (CO)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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There are few things in life that are more enjoyable for the two of us than talking about the ministry of the local church. Over the last few years, we've had conversations with hundreds of church leaders throughout the country. It's been a fun dialogue. We've learned a lot along the way that has benefited our ministry at Granger. And it's our prayer that some of what we've shared has helped to shape the ministry of other churches.

We're particularly excited about this book. Probably more than the first two, this book really reflects the personality of Granger Community Church. Because of that, it may also be the most challenging for other churches to digest. Our philosophy in presenting the material hasn't changed-we're still giving you the nuggets of the strategies we've found helpful in our ministry setting. We certainly acknowledge that not all 99 ideas will work in every church. We do hope, however, that your church embraces the dialogue that some of these ideas will generate. Our purpose is not to create division within the church; it's to fuel conversation and innovation and opportunity. We want churches to constantly reconsider their approaches to delivering the gospel message in ways that remain meaningful to today's culture and future generations.

That's what this book is all about. It's the story of growth at Granger. It contains many ideas that have worked throughout our journey. In reality, it also reflects a bunch of lessons we've learned because of risks we took that didn't pan out. But this is one of the reasons we love ministry at Granger so much: The leadership and the ministry team are willing to take risks.

We realized long ago that our methods must regularly change but our message must always remain the same. Even as we put these ideas into print, we know our strategies will shift. By the time you read this, some of the ideas will most likely be "past practice" because we will have already learned something new that has generated greater ministry success.

The thing to remember as you're digesting this book, however, is that not every church is like Granger. In fact, we would argue there are no churches like Granger. Each ministry has a unique mission that God has provided. Each church is led by pastors with different gifts and personalities. Each church reaches out to a community with a unique culture and demographic. Because of that, we neither expect nor encourage you to try to replicate every strategy precisely the way we've implemented it at Granger. Instead, we hope you'll read and discuss these ideas with your team and then determine which ones to address and how to apply them to your unique setting. Don't try to mimic Granger's applications. Do try to wrestle with the core principles that challenge your current thinking in an effort to improve how your church offers Jesus to your community.

Underlying all of the principles in this book is our belief that attracting a crowd to your church is not the goal. It's just a means to an end. Your goal is to attract a crowd so that you can turn that crowd into believers who are growing and making a difference in the world. Without that as the objective, your church is just a weekend inspiration station.

The world needs more growing churches. The world needs Jesus. With that in mind, we pray that your church will experience simply amazing growth! —Tim and Tony

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Chapter 1: Pop Culture Can Be Your Friend
Chapter 2: Encourage People to Sleep In on Sundays
Chapter 3: The Story of the Padded Cow
Chapter 4: If the Shoe Fits Your Target, Wear It
Chapter 5: The Three Faces of Creativity
Chapter 6: Embrace Entertainment
Chapter 7: Don't Use the "R Word"
Chapter 8: Find a Friend With a Harley
Chapter 9: When Your Worst Critic Is Another Pastor
Chapter 10: Create Some Buzz
Chapter 11: The More You Announce, the Less Is Heard
Chapter 12: Reduce the Drool Factor
Chapter 13: Scratch People Where They Itch
Chapter 14: Growing Churches Have Growing Crowds
Chapter 15: Use Secular Music for Redemptive Purposes
Chapter 16: Consider Adding a Choir
Chapter 17: Give Them a Reason to Attend
Chapter 18: Offer Frequent "On-Ramps"
Chapter 19: Parking Lots Don't Have to Be Painful
Chapter 20: Make a Stump Speech
Chapter 21: Thou Shalt Stop Using Christianese
Chapter 22: Attend One and Serve One
Chapter 23: Start Acting Bigger Than You Are
Chapter 24: Every Church Needs a Help Desk
Chapter 25: Interpreting vs. Packaging
Chapter 26: Give People Room to Create
Chapter 27: Ideas That Work
Chapter 28: Go With the Flow
Chapter 29: Altar Calls That Work
Chapter 30: Nothing Competes With the Weekend
Chapter 31: How Well Do You Know Your Competition?
Chapter 32: Help People Take Their Next Steps
Chapter 33: History Can Help You Plan
Chapter 34: Talent Matters More Than Ever
Chapter 35: Be Nice, but Be Honest
Chapter 36: Invite Your Church to Invite Their Friends
Chapter 37: A Schedule That Simplifies
Chapter 38: It Takes More Than Prayer to Grow a Church
Chapter 39: Change Is Good
Chapter 40: Prepare for Christmas in September
Chapter 41: Read Your Audience Before It Reads Your Bulletin
Chapter 42: Engage People in an Experience
Chapter 43: New People Reach New People
Chapter 44: Experiment With the Times
Chapter 45: The Invitation Is in the Mail
Chapter 46: It's All About the Numbers
Chapter 47: Paint a Picture for Growth
Chapter 48: Safety First
Chapter 49: Share the Load
Chapter 50: Get 'Em In, Get 'Em Out
Chapter 51: Launch on Easter
Chapter 52: Sweat the Titles
Chapter 53: Spend All Your Money on Missions
Chapter 54: Become an Entertainment Expert
Chapter 55: Stay on Message
Chapter 56: Give Parameters and Get Out of the Way!
Chapter 57: Define Excellence, Then Strive for It
Chapter 58: The "Up-and-Outers"
Chapter 59: One Service Is Never Enough
Chapter 60: Creative Geniuses Are Hard to Lead
Chapter 61: Expect Complaints
Chapter 62: Please Turn It Down!
Chapter 63: Zonk-Proof Your Church
Chapter 64: Be a Student of Your Community
Chapter 65: Always Preview
Chapter 66: Changed Lives, Change Lives
Chapter 67: Big Churches Are a Pain
Chapter 68: Determine If It's Music to Their Ears
Chapter 69: Don't Mess With a Gift
Chapter 70: Find Someone to Own the Programming
Chapter 71: You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover
Chapter 72: Provide an Opportunity to Respond
Chapter 73: The Tunnel of Conflict
Chapter 74: Serve the Right Food to the Right People
Chapter 75: Your Service Is Too Long
Chapter 76: Take Time to Talk About Money
Chapter 77: A Small Group Is Just a Method
Chapter 78: Trying to Win People Back Is a Trap
Chapter 79: Who Cares?
Chapter 80: You Have to Give Ministry Away
Chapter 81: Creative Redundancy
Chapter 82: Be Proactive With the Media
Chapter 83: Give Up to Go Up
Chapter 84: With Success Comes Responsibility
Chapter 85: The 80 Percent Rule Is a Rule for a Reason
Chapter 86: Bigger Is Better
Chapter 87: 1.4 People Per Car?You Can Count on It
Chapter 88: Big Church Is for Big People
Chapter 89: Assume Everyone Is a Newcomer
Chapter 90: Everyone Doesn't Need to Know My Name
Chapter 91: Don't Blame God
Chapter 92: Love Your Guests
Chapter 93: Hire Promise or Experience?
Chapter 94: Program for Your Guests
Chapter 95: If It Feels Empty, It Will Feel Dead
Chapter 96: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Chapter 97: You'll Never Run Out of Ideas
Chapter 98: Give Hope to the Hopeless
Chapter 99: Don't Hoard Good Ideas
Discussion Guide
Topical Index
About the Authors
About WiredChurches.com
Also in the Simply Strategic Series
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