How to Start and Grow a Church

One of the things that make the United States arguably the freest society on the planet is that the first amendment of the Constitution protects citizens’ freedom of speech, association, and religion. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has done a number on many churches across the country, causing some of them to shut down permanently.

As cities reopen and people start back going to designated places of worship, many people will be without a church to call home. If you have a passion for worship and feel like you have a calling to become a minister, then you should consider starting your own church. If you’re new to ministry, then this short how-to guide will give you an idea of how to start and grow your own church.

Attract congregates.

Many people mistakenly confuse the church for the building where services are held, but it is in fact the people who make up the church. So, the first step to launching and growing your church is to build your congregation.


One of the challenges that many ministries face is attracting congregates, and this is due in large part to their inability to connect with younger generations. As society evolves, then it’s incumbent upon the church to evolve with the people it serves.

One change you could make that may improve your odds of attracting young people and keeping them is to change the way you deliver your message. Nowadays, many ministers employ Powerpoint presentations to help drive their message home in a more engaging manner. By using the best Powerpoint template for your needs and skill level, you can craft a brilliant, animated visual aid that will help breathe life into your message.

Upgrade your place of worship.

Even though churches aren’t normally for-profit ventures, you still need to approach it like you would the launch of a startup. If you don’t have the funds to open your own worship space, then you need to find people who share your vision and are willing to help. You have to be willing to ask for financial help.

Your congregation is the first resource you should tap for the funds for your house of worship. Even if your congregation already follows and believes in you, you need to put together a presentation that makes your vision tangible for them. People are more likely to invest when they see what their investment will accomplish.

Building a place of worship is all about providing your community of believers with a safe and functional place of worship. Most churches take up a special offering called a building fund for the purchase and maintenance of houses of worship, and you’ll be surprised by how eager your congregation is to help.

Being that churches are nonprofit organizations, you may also be able to get a grant to fund your building project. When crafting your grant proposal, you need to detail how this new building will be beneficial to your congregation and the community in which you want to build.

Find a vendor for your church supply needs.

Part of growing your ministry is about making sure that your church has the supplies that your staff and the rest of your congregation needs. Whether it be bibles, communion glasses, or pulpit robes, Cokesbury has everything your church needs to support its growing congregation. No matter your denomination, they have robes to fit your church’s tradition and color scheme. In addition to their church supplies and choir and clergy robes, Cokesbury also has a plethora of products and study materials to aid with your congregation’s spiritual growth.

Remember the mission.

The most important part of growing your church is to stay committed to your mission to help people grow spiritually and lead fulfilling lives. Too often, ministers focus on growing their following and forget what initially drew them to ministry. However, as long as you remember to focus more on helping the people in your church than you do on adding members, then your congregation will grow your ministry for you.


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