The Four Ways Almost Every Growing Church Does It

Episode #763
August 23, 2022
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Every person who joins your church is a unique story of God’s grace. These individual stories are important and should be celebrated. From a statistical standpoint, however, there are four main ways churches grow. Thom and Sam discuss how most church growth occurs through conversion growth, transfer growth, biological growth, or demographic growth.

  • Conversion growth occurs when someone accepts Christ and is assimilated into the body as a new member and new Christian.
  • Transfer growth occurs when an existing resident moves from one congregation to another congregation within the same community.
  • Biological growth occurs when existing families in the church have children.
  • Demographic growth occurs when new residents arrive in the community and begin looking for a church.




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