If your church is not growing, there is one thing you must do to get it growing. You must ask yourself this question every time you are about to something or spend money – “If I do this today will it result in more people in worship tomorrow? If not, I better have a good reason to do it.”
What would be a good reason? A good saint dies and its time for the funeral. Otherwise, don’t do it or spend it if it won’t result in more people in worship.
Increasing the number of first-time visitors is the number one priority of any church, much less those that are declining. The Great Commission was the last will and testament of our Lord, so it should weigh heavy on our thoughts.