ARTICLE – Key Factors for Parish Growth According to Rich Birch

Rich Birch  is a church consultant, speaker, and author who specializes in church leadership, growth, and processes. He has worked with numerous churches and provides insights and practical advice to help churches drive growth and increase their impact. 

In his book “Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church” he identifies several factors that contribute to parish development. These factors include:

  1. A clear vision and mission: A clear and compelling vision and mission can help the parish focus its efforts and resources on what really matters.
  2. Strong leadership: Strong leadership is essential for driving growth at a parish. This includes both pastoral leadership and lay leadership.
  3. Effective communication: Effective communication is key to engaging parishioners, reaching out to seekers, and promoting events and programs.
  4. A welcoming environment: Creating a welcoming environment for guests can help them feel comfortable and connected to the parish community.
  5. Excellent programming: Providing excellent programming for children can help families feel valued and connected to the parish community.
  6. Assimilation processes: Having effective assimilation processes in place will help new attendees become fully engaged members of to the parish community.
  7. Outreach efforts: Reaching out to seekers and unbelievers in the community with the Gospel message is essential for driving growth at a parish.
  8. Leadership development: Identifying and developing lay leaders within the parish is important for sustaining development over the long term.

Pierre-Alain Giffard
Director of Pastoral Work

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