There are 156 million unchurched people in the United States. With that in mind, many churches are making initiatives to recruit more long-term members to their religious following. But it’s not always easy to get new members to attend your church service. Even though about one-fifth of Americans now go to religious services a few times a year, there are several challenges that can impede the process if you’re not careful. Here are just a few proven tips to help your church grow and gain new members.
Prepare For Growth
Before starting your new member initiative, make sure your church has the space to accommodate an excess number of guests. Remember that buildings comprise the second largest area of expense for churches. A permanent building comes with an array of ongoing and hidden costs. There’s maintenance, repairs, cleaning, electricity, Internet, phone and security services. Together, these costs can comprise between 30% to 40% of a church’s budget. However, finished portable buildings can make a budget-friendly and safe alternative to traditional church construction. Plus, with a controlled manufacturing environment, modular construction has fewer weather delays or damage than traditional construction. Projects can be completed 40% faster.
Encourage Current Member Involvement
Another great strategy to foster church growth is to encourage current members to get more involved in the recruitment process. Start by holding a ‘friends and family’ day, where current members bring their friends and family members to see what the church is all about. By this time, your modular church construction additions should all be in place to accommodate the increased number of guests.
Use Online Innovation
Finally, more and more churches are starting to stream their services online, so if you feel as though your church could develop a unique online following, you may want to give this strategy a try.
Overall, modular construction decreases design and construction time by up to 50%, with fewer change orders, earlier occupancy and improved cash flow. Knowing how to accommodate physically for the growing number of members at your church is the best way to make the most of the space and retain new members. For more information about finished portable buildings, contact ABS.