50% Increase in Your Attendance Over Last Year? That’s What This Pastor is Seeing

My brand new Senior Pastor Tele-Coaching Network starts next Thursday (August 30) and I still have room for a few more pastors – that’s got me thinking about what makes someone a good fit for the network…

Pastors apply for the network because they’re serious about reaching more people for Christ, making a bigger Kingdom impact, and realizing more of their potential (as individual leaders and as a church).

For example – here’s an email I got recently from Mark Snead, a member of my Tele-Coaching Network and Senior Pastor of Greater Life Church in Nampa, Idaho about his experience:

Hey Nelson,

I wanted to give you this testimony about our Church.

At the end of 2010, My wife and I read several books on first time guests, including “Fusion“. We began implementing the assimilation process and almost immediately saw the effects. We had a good majority of our first time guests return. We didn’t start growing immediately but you could sense we were gaining emotional and spiritual momentum.

We started 2011 averaging about 53 people per Sunday. We ended the year averaging about 61. We also took your advice about “what gets measured.” The first quarter of this year we averaged 63.1, with a total of 21 first time guests and 10 second time guests. By April, we were averaging 74.6 with 8.2 first time guests and 4.7 second time guests.

Last Sunday we had 91 people with 2 first time guests and 4 second time guests.

Implementing what you wrote in “Fusion”, planning and organizing our annual preaching calendar, promoting Big Days and Easter, all have had an effect on our attendance. Our attendance is averaging 50% higher than the beginning of 2011. We have had at least 68 first time guests and 32 second time guests… Almost as many first time guests as all of 2011.

We really do appreciate all of your help and guidance.

God Bless,

Mark Snead
Greater Life Church

Great stuff Mark! I look forward to hearing how God continues to use the network to grow and strengthen your church.

How about you?  Are you looking for some help and guidance to lead your church more effectively?

My new Senior Pastor Tele-Coaching Network starts NEXT WEEK – Thursday, August 30 – and I still have space for a few more pastors like you.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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