Idea: Reach Families Affected by Mental Illness

How Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., effectively helps and loves families affected by mental illness.

Plug First-Time Guests Into the Church Immediately After the Service

Experience Life Church helps first-time guests evaluate where they are on their faith journey immediately.

Idea Starter: Home-Based Small Groups Reach Out to Neighbors and Friends

How One Church Does It: EastLake Church asks group leaders to open groups to acquaintances to connect them to church.

A Triumph in Detroit: #1 Fastest-Growing Church

Here's a quick profile from the fastest-growing church in America. What makes them tick? They make it (almost) impossible to miss church.

Allow Volunteers to Shadow Mentors Before They Commit to a Ministry

Living Stones Church matches its members to service that fits their interests.

Offer Neighborhood-Based Connections

Christ’s Church of the Valley offers small groups based on geography and neighborhood.

Offer an Online Portal to Make Options for Growth Easy to Recognize

Hosanna Lutheran Church attributes GROWlink online program to the church’s retention.

Emphasize Relationship Building

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship offers “small churches” to create intimate connections within a large church.

Offer Small Groups Trimesterly, With Start and End Dates

Next Level Church offers trimesterly small groups to account for the community’s snowbird culture.

Let Newcomers Know They Can Belong Before They Believe

Flatirons Community Church appeals to its non-religious community by disarming them when they begin to explore Christ.