Church Plant Growth Curve

Observations from N.A.M.B.‘s Ed Stetzer:

– In the early stages, a church plant grows from the sole efforts of the church planter.

– As a team gathers, the core group helps the church grow by inviting their social network.

– At launch, the church grows from advertising and outreach events.

– In the post-launch lull when social pools are tapped and money is gone, the church grows when non-staff people in the church start additional ministries and small groups.

– As momentum gains and ministries expand, the church grows through word-of-mouth.

– To grow any further, the church has to form sub-congregations within the larger whole. Second services, additional locations, age-based congregations, etc.

– At critical mass, the crowd draws other crowds.

– The final stage of growth is church reproduction… or else decline.

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