How to Build a Growing Church - 3 Strategies

A growing church is a church that’s introducing people to Jesus- that’s making Heaven more crowded!

But how do you go from being a small (or nonexistent!) congregation to sharing Jesus with people?

If you haven’t met me, I’m Chris- but my friends just call me Abbo.  I’ve been helping churches grow for years now, and my YouTube channel has some great tips on how to build a growing church!

But…  I’m not going to assume that you want to binge-watch my entire channel.

So in this article I’m cutting right to the chase and sharing my best videos (and tips!) for how to grow your church.



How to Grow Your Church Congregation

This is my most popular video I’ve ever created…

It has a 7-part framework that I’ve introduced to some churches to recently and it even helped a small church get over 200 new visitors in the first 5 months.

It has over 12,000 views so far and it is the video that pastors talk about the most when I go to conferences.

You can check it out here:

I’ll also show you how this strategy helped a church of:

  • 15 people grow to 50 in 2 months
  • 60 people grow to 110 in 3 months
  • 130 people grow to 200 over the summer

No matter what There might be a few ideas in here that could help you reach a few new families.


Hope you find it helpful, my friend πŸ™‚

And if you’d like my team to do the work for you, then you’ll want to sign up for the CMU Grow Wait List.

How to Grow a Church from Scratch

16,000 churches will close their doors this year because they haven’t figured out how to get the word out about their church.

This is one of my most popular YouTube videos and it outlines a simple strategy for making sure that your church isn’t the best kept secret in town, and what to do if you already feel like your church is invisible:

Here are some of the things I cover in the video:

βœ… How a small church plant spent $50 and got 9 new visitors

βœ… How we increased our first time visitors by 113% in one month

βœ… The 3 things you have to do in order grow your church

βœ… Facebook Ads vs Direct Mail Examples

βœ… The #1 church growth mistake that most pastors are making (that actually keeps people AWAY from your church)

If you’d like me (and the Church Marketing University team!) to personally help you grow your church, then you want to sign up for the CMU Grow Wait List. Here’s a link to be the first to hear when we open up new slots!

How to Welcome Visitors to Your Church

I’ve done a lot of research over the years about how to attract new visitors, how to take care of them when they show up, and then how to get them to come back again.


So I made a short video and put all of my best tips and strategies things that have helped our church grow (along with some of our biggest mistakes) and it’s up on the Youtube channel:

Here are some of the things I’ll talk about in the video:

βœ… Exactly what to say (and what NOT to say) to a new visitor

βœ… How to reach new families and shorten the assimilation process

βœ… The strategy we used to increase our first time visitors by 42% in the first month

βœ… How to get more guests into your Next Steps or Membership class

βœ… How to get 80% of your 1st time guests to come back for a 2nd visit


And that’s it!

You’ve now seen 3 of my best trainings on how to build a growing church (no matter where you live or what you’re starting with!) Hope it’s a blessing!

And, if you’re serious about growing your church, then you need CMU Grow. Sign up for the wait list so you’ll be the first to find out when spots open up.