How Your Church Can Grow During the Summer

Leadership Factory 9: Making the Most of Your Summer

Listen to this inspiring episode of Leadership Factory: Building Leaders with Purpose where you’ll discover the keys to grow your church or ministry during the summer:

1) Decide that your church should grow.

It’s the Great Commission, not the Casual Suggestion!

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Things that are alive and healthy naturally grow.

2) Decide that your church can grow.

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7

3) Decide that you want your church to grow.

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24

4) Decide that your church will grow.

Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! 1 Corinthians 9:16

What does Summer Growth Look Like?

Consistent attendance during the summer becomes increased growth in the fall.

Summer Growth Strategies
Reach out during the summer
Have fun during the summer
Serve during the summer
Stay focused and consistent during the summer with your messages
5 Reasons to do a Movies Message Series during the summer
1) It’s a tested method of increasing excitement and growth during the summer.
2) The biggest movies of the year are released during the summer.
3) Leverage the millions of marketing dollars Hollywood pours into the new releases.
4) Teach different topics that you need to address during the summer.
5) It gets people buzzing about what’s happening at your services
10 Ways to make the most of a Movies Message series
1) Promote it big time.
2) Plan some fun group events around the movies.
3) Use movie clips as illustrations. (,,
4) Serve movie theater snacks for free.
5) Visit your local theater to borrow movie posters.
6) Send first time guests free movie tickets.
7) Send people who invite guests free movie tickets.
8) Have movie characters visit your service either in the lobby for pictures or on-stage as hosts.
9) Have a red carpet area for social media pictures.
10) Use a song from the movie of the week in your service.

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Cole Phillips

I'm a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them. I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith. I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.