Clear mission & purpose

A church that has a clear mission and purpose and whose clergy and congregations are intentional about growth

The research showed that churches that wanted to grow in numbers and set out a clear plan to do so were more likely to grow. It is important as a church to have a clear sense of who you are and where you’re going along with clear plans for getting there.

Key facts from the research:

  • Of churches who report a clear sense of mission and purpose, 64% had grown compared with 25% that had declined.
  • When asked a question about which type of growth was their top priority, only 13% of the church leaders surveyed selected growth in numbers, but these churches were more likely to be growing.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

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Growth in a multi-parish rural Benefice: Chedworth and District Churches, Gloucester Diocese

This case study shows how in a three parish Cotswold benefice, a clear vision and strategy for numerical and spiritual growth is bearing fruit.

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A Vision for Growth and Growth Action Planning: St Mary's, Bowdon, Chester diocese

This case study describes the development of a growth strategy at St Mary's, Bowdon, Greater Manchester.

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