The Power of Systems to Grow Your Church (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, in the first part of this blog series, I defined a S.Y.S.T.E.M. as any ongoing process that Saves You Stress, Time, Energy and Money, and continues to produce results.

Good systems function under the surface to keep things running smoothly so that you can concentrate on more important priorities. We may not be aware of a good system when it’s running well, but there is no mistaking when something isn’t working like it should.

The same thing can be true in the church.

We know that the church is a body, so it follows that the church also has systems working beneath the surface. Even if you don’t know how to identify those systems, much less keep them healthy, they are there, both simple and complex, ready to help you achieve God’s purposes for your church.

The eight systems of every church are interconnected. While some may be more developed than others, none of these systems can stand alone. And since a church is a living entity, like us, the well-developed systems run whether we are thinking about them are not. Still, to make sure that all of our church’s systems are running correctly, we should take them in for a periodic checkup.

Healthy churches have healthy systems. Eight systems, to be exact:

  1. Assimilation: How we move people from first-time guests to fully-engaged members
  2. Evangelism: How we attract more unchurched and mobilize our people to reach more people for Christ
  3. Stewardship: How we develop extravagant givers at our church
  4. Ministry: How we mobilize people for significant ministry

Tune in next week for the remaining systems.

Click here to read Part 1 of this series.

Your partner in ministry,


P.S. – If you want to learn more about the systems of a church, and receive practical teaching that you can use in your ministry, meet me in Orlando on July 25th for our annual three-day Church Systems Check-up and Bootcamp. Hurry though, this event is almost sold out.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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