We have talked about strategies for churches on this podcast, but Rev. Jim Hollis of Proactive Ministries has been putting them into action for almost 20 years. He started off by giving up much of his own minist
ry to follow his heart and what he thought God was calling him to do. Now he has a staff that travels the world helping churches put into places strategies and practices that lead to long lasting church growth.
If I had to summarize this episode it would be that the status quo has got to go. Jim Hollis is out helping churches and he sees where “Doing the same thing that we’ve always done” just isn’t working anymore. Jim points out that many churches are spending time fixing up the inside of their church that visitors and guest just aren’t going to see.
Focusing on community instead of commitment will make people want to come to church because they enjoy it – instead of coming to church because they have to. Where we matter and count where is where want to spend our time.
You may qualify to have Jim’s team come in and work with your church (and you would only pay for travel expenses). They can come in and help evaluate your church, and implement training for your church. The idea is to do more than come in and get people excited for a weekend. The goal is to implement long term growth for the churches. If you have a small church, Jim often works with small churches who work together to create learning groups for 24 months of training and learning. This then helps build relationships in local area.