25th May 2017
Steve Nicholson, from Evanston Vineyard Church in Chicago, is a good friend of ours at King’s. A few years ago, during a coaching session with our team, he introduced us to two simple yet important words – flow and capacity. Put simply, churches grow when there is both a flow of new people coming to the church week by week and the capacity to seat, pastor and disciple them.
So from time to time, it is helpful for churches to ask the flow and capacity question. Last week, while away with our senior team, I took the opportunity to do just that. We began by looking at our latest trends, such as number of new contacts, numbers getting baptised and in groups, Sunday attendance etc. One indicator of flow stood out: since September 2017, King’s has received contact information from over 900 new people – that’s through all our ministries, groups and Sunday meetings. Yes, you read that correctly – 900 different contacts in just eight months! It may explain why we had our biggest ever Easter Sunday a few weeks ago!
Therefore, since flow is clearly not the issue, we spent most of our week away discussing capacity. How do we accommodate and serve the new people coming through our doors? How do we create more space in our buildings, in our kids’ work, in our small groups? How do we take people on a journey of discipleship? How many new sites do we believe we can plant in the next decade and who is going to lead them?
These questions and others are keeping us busy at the moment, as we pray and seek wisdom for answers.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.