• clifford

    God bless you for those wonderful outline you listed for us, I believe we this and prayer the Church of Christ we move forward. ..PST Elliot

  • Darrell Jackson

    1 Corinthians 3:7 – “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” Only God provides the increase.

    • We absolutely agree. God alone opens hearts, converts souls, and bonds his body together. Absolutely no one deserves credit for the fruit produced besides God Almighty alone. We are commanded to keep on sowing, so we love helping people sow as effectively as possible.

  • KAB

    Prayer and the above will work. Prayer alone won’t grow a church, neither will just doing the above.

  • Preacher Jeremy

    Growing us great, but always remember you don’t have to be a big church to be a great church. You just do your part as pastor deacon and Christian etcetera and God’s will do his part and send souls for our labor!!

  • Pastor Cherry

    How would you break this down for a new church plant? We are only 2 years old and have 35 people. Growth burns in my soul. But I would love to know what I should do or not do in the next 5 years. Thank you.

    • Cherry, having planted myself, I can say that you will go through multiple phases as a pastor. You start out doing nearly everything, but your role from day one is to raise up leaders, equip and empower them, and give the ministry away.

      You do that in relationships. Have coffee or a meal with your key leaders. Spend time with them, loving them, and teaching them about ministry – not in a classroom but through friendship and conversation.

      When you get to 75 people, your role will begin to change a little bit to having one or two key leaders who help lead things. Then, when you have 125 people, you’ll be at the toughest barrier of all where you have to go from being “one” group to being a church of multiple groups.

      In the early days, it’s all about momentum. When you get stuck, make a change. We are five years in and have moved six times and added services. Each time we do, we grow. With every transition comes new people we weren’t reaching before.

      I hope this is a good start. Also, we have over 100 articles on this site related to church planting, found here: http://pastors.com/keyword/church-planting/

      And a Facebook group where you can ask questions anytime here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pdpastors/

      • Pastor Cherry

        Thank you. Yes this is very helpful. I’m excited for what God has for us this year. God Bless You!

  • Cynthia

    This is great information. Thank you

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  • Spot on with tip #1. Many established churches seem to go into maintenance mode and can find themselves in a rut after a few years. Working with many churches over the years at Flocknote, we’ve also found that your level and quality of communications (or lack there of) with your new/existing members can also have a big impact on growth.

  • pastor mutumba

    Thanks pastor Rick Warren , I’m assistant pastor in a church south Korea the number of people is ever up and down what can i do to solve this in order to have a stead growth of our church .

  • pastor isaac

    I love this, God bless you

  • Pastor Hope

    Have learnt a lot on this steps to church growth.
    Thank God I came across this piece by you.

  • Thank you Pastor Rick for continuing given us information about “growth” in many ways in the church. Our church has had a new pastor for almost 5 months now after having a pastor who was here for 26 years. When the new man came, things were exciting and we were seeing growth in many ways. Well, now the “honeymoon” is over and we are losing families and individuals almost every month. We are a medium sized Baptist Church in a small town where there are churches for anyone looking. It hurts me to see the church drowning. I guess I am asking for your prayers and maybe a few words of encouragement to the congregation. Thank you

  • Pastor Doug

    pastor Rick , I have a small Church with about 12 to 15 people in a drug invested town in Ohio what do i need to do to grow my church, i have mostly older people, so my wife and i have a big job holding it together I need help any ideas on this scale of people ?

    • dosh

      Pastor, Paul says in Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
      just show them love and accomodate them and the holy spirit will take control. Pray for them so you could win them since you have the light in you that needs to shine continually to attact those who are in darkness. Let you light shine to all. God bless you while you ask members of the congregation to at least bring one member from the community. else you can visit households and when you get there ask to share the good news with them(Rom 6:23, Rom 3:23) God wants you to work in season and when it does not favour us.

  • Pastor Doug

    pastor Rick , I have a small Church with about 12 to 15 people in a drug invested town in Ohio what do i need to do to grow my church, i have mostly older people, so my wife and i have a big job holding it together I need help any ideas on this scale of people?

    • Marcus

      You have not cause you ask not


    This 8 steps will grow our to millions . From today we have and Idea to take our church where we want it to be. Thanks pastor for sharing this message special to me.

  • Koshilning Maring

    Thank you pastor Rick for your steps for growing church. I have learned many things inside. May God bless you. Again one thing I would like to connect with you and your ministry to help one of the local church dying for many years. The name of the church is Bethel Church. The is totally manipulated by their local pastor later who went to Westminster ministry and the church members are totally innocent and less education. Only few members are remaining so they need more suggestions for how to grow the church from dying church to living church. At the same time the members are too slow in understanding and having lack of unity. Plz kindly pastor do help me to strengthen that church.

  • Bright Beckley

    Pastor Rick Warren God richly bless you for the message which gave me much enlightenment.l ask God’s annointing upon your life.

  • Ernest Obeng

    I’m highly favoured for these points they are really true

  • ajibola philip

    Great work

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  • Ronke Adegbile

    Thanks a lot, that was so enlightening remain blessed

  • Raymond Sogah

    Thanks Pastor. Am so enlightened

  • Ritchie

    That’s powerful pastor ,I’m so blessed by your teaching ,God bless you in Jesus name

  • Luke

    You lost me at #4, the first 3 are pretty good, but I defy you to find the biblical precept for “putting another hook in the water”.

    How bout we live the gospel in word and deed and make disciples. You don’t even mention discipleship and it was Jesus’ greatest charge in our lives. Just more rhetoric to convince christians to cannibalize one another and steal sheep from the church down the street.

    Don’t be fooled folks church growth does not hinge on where you meet or planning to have BIG days. Every day is BIG day in the Kingdom of God


    I am a Bishop of Zionist church,our congregation strength fluctuate every Sunday,when I am not around many don’t come to church service,

  • Rick I would like for you to expound upon #8 please.

  • Adeyeba Ereola Timothy

    Pastor Rick, May God Bless U. I’m A poor Nigerian Yet God Showed Me To Go To Saint Petersbug And Start A Church There. Suprisingly, I Live In One Village In Nigeria Without Help. No One Even Take Notice Of Me. How Can Such Vission Come True? Do You Have Any Advice Or Help For Me?


    blessed day pastor

    am humbled for the powerful word.may the God lord bless you.

    with thanks

  • Samuel Kwasi Gbormenu

    Thank you Pastor Rick. God richly bless you. I am a police officer in Ghana ,West Africa who has a congregation of 60 . My prayer is that you help me with materials to assist me build the Church of God. My ambition is to go into full time ministry in two years time. Am so grateful . Minister Samuel Gbormenu. Accra, Ghana,

  • Floyd Long

    Well tank you the book it really was amazing I just came back to God after many years of hard stuber worldy thinking I just came back God and thinking of trying to get ordained I do got really amazing testimonies I no God is only reason I am here alive he book help me so much long with mom praying for me I would like wright u my story God bless keep you


    I’m glad to réadaptation thé 8 steps crowth church .I Will take à moment to shar them Witherspoon anothers friends in Christ. Personelly I Will explan IT.
    I tank Pastor Rick for your teaching.May m’y God bless you.

  • pastor praise Ajor

    Thank you sir for this wonderful revelation about church growth. May the Lord increase you on every sides.

  • Thank you Father Warren for all you teach. I sure will be able to use them for growing my Church. Please pray for my church as we struggle and labor to grow.

  • Rev. Samuel Olusegun Agosu

    Dear Pastor Rick, thanks for this message. By God’s grace I have follow many of your teachings for years and it has bless me and change my perspective about ministry. God bless you richly in Jesus name.
    Sir can I have your email for ?

  • Kingsley Theophilus

    These ideas will certainly grow any church.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Isaac Boateng Antwi

    Fanatic , Rick these 8points for Church Growth are very Impactful.
    Grateful for sharing. Amen.


    Man of GOD may theLord bless you.

  • Rev Desmond Chukwuemeka

    Thank you , I fill becoming growing already
    I wish I could get more Ideas from you by getting
    Some relevant tools for Church growth because I have
    a Church I have been running it over ten years now but
    much happen there so I more ideas from you.

  • Saint Phiri

    Excellent insights about church growth. Kindly post any further materials to me. I am hungry to see God use me to bring many to Christ.

  • Aggrey

    Thank you. This was helpful.

  • Pastor Themba Mbothwe

    Thank you for this motivation man of the most High God .May the almighty continue to use more and more

  • Donna Heath

    Thank you so much for this information.

  • Ohwofusu Emmanuel

    more grace sir,i enjoyed your material.God gave me a ministry newly that has not be commission but i believe God very soon it will start by his grace.sir i need your prayers and impactation with counseling.

  • pastor richard barnes

    pastor warren this is pastor pastor barnes in evansville in the information was
    very helpful would you come to evansville?

  • Vidya sagar

    Thank you pastor. This is break through for me

  • Sir, more anointing in Jesus’ name

  • Thank you Pastor Rick.. I am encouraged as a Pastor and the article is so uplifting.

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  • paul

    When rick started his church, did he do alot of oureaches like passing out flyers?

  • e.samuel

    Thank you Rick, this is very helpful, we have been praying for some helpful ideas

  • This was a great article. Try Churchpalm.com they’ve helped our church grow its finances, thus it has helped grow our church!

  • Butterfly 7

    Where does the idea come from that the church is to focus on the number of chairs filled? If the pure, uncompromised Word of God is preached, they will come. The church service like the Bible is for BELIEVERS. We must quit dumbing down the message to make seekers more comfortable. It’s when we are uncomfortable with our sin that we come to Christ. He comes through a broken heart not a contented one. Charles spurgeon never cared for the comfort of his
    Congregation. Frankly this whole seeker thing is an affront to The Lord.
    These are the days and this is the false teachings The Lord warned about.
    Where is prayer, where is prayer, where is prayer?

  • Anita Horak

    Thank you Rick, this is very helpful, we have been praying for some helpful ideas. We have already discussed multiple services and special events but to have the pastor delegatesome of his duties , with his leadership of course, thats just what I think is needed here. Thanks again and God bless!

  • Robert V. Deuel

    I am sad to see that prayer was not mentioned as part of this list; however, I think also we often forget that a hindrance to church growth is the distinction between gaining in attendance and making disciples. To effectively grow we must be making disciples that continually work to produce other disciples. More often or not we find that we are great at making “converts”, using that term very loosely, but horrid at making biblical disciples. This is not to say that this is the case at large churches as Saddleback Church. In fact I believe the principles that Rick Warren has shared with us are a great reminder; however, I believe we must remember to keep the main thing the main thing.

  • Cool Church

    prayer is the answer to helping a Church grow.

  • Keep it coming. What you share WORKS…I’m a living witness. It’s sad however how some just criticize EVERYTHING…They are Christian Professional Critics – they do their job well.

  • Krizzie

    Wow I just can’t believe that there is nothing here about prayer effort? That’s where the real power is. We need to make sure we are more God driven than man driven.

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  • Andrew Mason

    Profound principles here! #1 and #6 really stand out to me, but they’re all very helpful.

  • I really appreciate the reminder that growth begins with our desire and the practical reminders that we must be willing to make structural and systemic changes. I think there are three deeper questions worth asking as well:
    1. Why do you want to change? Too much of our growth is motivated by a desire for ‘success.’ If you’re not making radically devoted followers out of the people you have, is your desire for growth likely motivated by a desire for making new followers?
    2. Growth at what cost. We are also called to worship and fellowship. I agree that these are NOT to become more important that seeing the lost found, but are to be held in harmony.
    3. Is growing your church in one place the healthiest way for you to grow? What is your leadership capacity? Can you impact the kingdom more by sending new congregations vs building bigger?

    Thank you Rick and pastors.com for your incredible support. May God Bless you and your family.

  • Mine Oh mine this is profound, yet simple. How I wish there is a way to share this with all pastors who are becoming depressed because all their effort at seen their churches grow has not yielded enough results. Thanks God bless U!

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  • Lawrence Onochie

    Thanks a lot Pastor Warren for sharing this simple but profound truth.

  • I love to hear from you again.

  • CS

    And #9 (which should be #1) … Prayer

    • Krizzie

      Spot on! It is soooo important and soooo overlooked.