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20 Steps to Planting and Growing a Church


There are proven, tested ways to grow any ministry, whether a new church or an existing congregation. Pastors often make big plans for their church while forgetting to take care of the little things. Below is a list of basic, common sense church growth tips from Dr. Paul E. Paino who spent his life building churches and helping others do the same.

Basic Church Growth Tips

  1. Make changes slowly.
  2. Set realistic goals.
  3. Chart growth in measurable ways.
  4. Announce office hours and keep them.
  5. Promote a preaching series on pertinent subjects.
  6. Never preach about problems.
  7. Keep your meeting place in good condition.
  8. Make sure classes and services start on time.
  9. Budget funds to bring in guest ministries.
  10. Never fire a volunteer, promote them.
  11. Create job descriptions for all positions.
  12. Develop a training program for teachers.
  13. Develop self-supportive leadership.
  14. Appoint and train elders and deacons.
  15. Use local media to promote the church.
  16. Develop contacts outside the church.
  17. Make connections with community leaders.
  18. Develop a visitation program.
  19. Reach out to the children, elderly and poor in your community.
  20. If someone wants to leave the church, let them go.

If you apply these basic principles your church will grow. It may take time, but persistence and determination will result in a stronger ministry that reaches the community in a powerful way.