As we continue to look back at some key ideas that will help churches prepare for fall, today we want to dig deeper into creating momentum through your church’s discipleship strategy.
Here are seven of the latest trends, insights, and opportunities you should know as you look for ways to improve your church’s community-building efforts this fall:
- It starts with valuing in-reach as much as you do outreach. Many churches think they can either excel in evangelism or in discipleship — but not both. However, if we look at the early church, we know that’s not true. If you want to effectively strike the balance between outreach and in-reach to create momentum in your church’s community building, here’s a principle you need to understand.
- Community building requires more than teaching. Teaching has the potential to shift someone’s thinking, but systems have the potential to shift behaviors. If you want your church members to truly become more like Christ, here is one thing you can do to ensure they’re growing through Gospel community.
- Churches are using data for discipleship. Data might not be the first word you think of when it comes to improving discipleship, but more and more churches are starting to utilize member data to create custom growth opportunities, rather than using a shotgun approach. If you want to learn how to effectively adopt this emerging trend in your church, here are three steps.
- Understand technology’s role in making disciples. While technology is critical for collecting data, there are numerous ways it can improve our church’s disciple-making strategy. From watching hundreds of churches, here are a few ways technology can enhance a church’s discipleship, whether it’s a 100-year-old church or a new church plant.
- Don’t miss this discipleship opportunity. Speaking of 100-year-old churches, one of the discipleship opportunities that most churches miss is an intergenerational community. Here are a few thoughts for taking advantage of a natural discipleship opportunity and moving your church from multigenerational to intergenerational.
- Learn how to use technology to increase small group effectiveness. We realize that you don’t want your small groups to simply be a place for people to connect. You want them to actually be a catalyst for growth and genuine disciple-making. Here are four proven ways technology can support you in this goal.
- Ensure people aren’t slipping out the back door of your small group ministry. While you may use technology to plug people into small groups, it’s equally important to understand how to use it to make sure people aren’t slipping through the cracks. Whatever strategies your church uses to engage small group members on a weekly basis, here are three ways technology can secure the back door of your small groups, even when the storms of life roll in and threaten to dislodge a few folks from their groups.
Be sure to revisit our previous posts created to help your church prepare for the busy ministry season ahead: how to set your church up for financial success and how to optimize your volunteer system.
What are you doing to improve the discipleship and community within your church over the coming months?