Churches of Service Are Growing
In recent years, many churches continue to decline in health because the overall trend towards a decrease in attendance, aging membership, and a stable decline in giving. In 2010, more than 25% of the church had weekly attendance an average of less than 50 and almost 50% had less than 100 people in weekly services. More than 80% of the trial noted that the current recession has a negative impact on finance.
Overall, only 3 to 5 percent of those who donated money to church tithing (give 10 percent) their income. Changing the perception of his followers about his mission forever, Jesus once confirmed, “On this stone I will build my church, and the gate of hell will not win against it”; However, it is clear, many American Churches flound in their efforts to remain relevant, solvent, and vital when people shift culturally and struggle financially.
At the same time, many other churches develop. They not only grow in size and resources, but in the relevance and importance for the community where they serve. Over the past 10 years, the number of mega churches, a church with 2,000 or more present every week, has increased by almost 100%. Thom Rainer, President and CEO of the Christian Lifeway Resources, recorded a clear trend in the healthiest American churches.
One trend is a tendency to the presence of the missionary community where the church sees their community not only as a pool for prospects. “Instead, they love their community. They serve their community. They live in their community. They have a deep relationship in their community,” said Mr. Rainer. Mr. Rainer also noted that “healthy churches are high hope churches” where “Church members are expected to serve, give, to be in small groups, and are responsible to others.”
In short, the growing churches are the church that serves. They understand the needs of their church and also their community needs. These are churches that identify priorities in the community and the church, setting goals that focus on outreach and evangelism, and apply plans to achieve these goals.
Let’s compare this trend with the actions of good Samaritans in Luke 10 with an understanding that obeys Jesus’ warnings to “go and do the same” lead to the process of discovery, involvement, and three-step actions.
First, good Samaritans ensure the needs of men who are brutally beaten. He knew that descending from his donkey requires a long-term process. This man needs more than backup changes and “God bless you.” What is the need in your community?
Many churches apply programs and services without first knowing the needs of the community. If you will become a developing, visible church, it is important to first conduct the assessment of community needs to identify the fields of priority needs (les guidance, child care, education, etc.). Then, a trial must make him aware of the existing resources to overcome the specific problems identified.
The church can then focus energy and resources where the gap in the service exists than in duplication of services that put you in competition with other churches or non-profit organizations. Data from the assessment of community needs can be synthesized and outlined to identify the best outreach opportunities and the best opportunities to collaborate and support existing services.