Overview of all factors

'No single recipe' for growth

The findings of the Church Growth Research Programme didn’t reveal a “single recipe” for growth but the researchers found that there are a number of common factors which appear to be associated with growing churches of any size, place or context.


The findings highlighted eight common factors of growing churches. The toolkit contains a worksheet for each of the factors and the whole set can be downloaded from this page.


The 8 worksheets encourage you to take four steps to help you and your church talk about growth; Review, Choose, Plan and Act.


I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6

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Interview with Stephen Goundrey-Smith – Chedworth & District Churches, Gloucester Diocese

This case study shows how in a rural setting, a joint clergy and lay leadership team with a clear vision to grow is looking outward, prioritising families and children and engaging with village life to the full, while continuing to nurture and deepen faith in existing members.

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A Parish Prayer

This case study looks at how writing a prayer can lead to a clearer vision for growth in a parish and emphasises the crucial role of prayerful discernment when planning for growth.

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Growth through a Fresh Expression of Church

This case study looks at how a fresh expression of church was created from a small group of parents with a heart for their local school and community.

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Growth in an Urban Parish Church

This case study looks at how a parish church in Hackney, London listened to local people and its own congregation to help inform its five year Mission Action Plan, setting a strategy for growth and mission, and responding sensitively to the context and needs of its community.

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A Vision for Growth and Growth Action Planning

This case study looks at the strategic approach to growth adopted by a parish church in Bowdon, within Chester Diocese yet in the city of Greater Manchester; it highlights how identifying pathways of belonging and believing, appropriate to Bowdon’s context has increased the church’s connection with the community and led to significant growth.

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