Managing a Spiritualist Center

Church Strategies for the 21st Century
By:Keith Evans

As churches try to maintain membership and even expand in the 21st century, church leaders are increasingly finding that aggressive strategies are sometimes necessary to preserve the church in the modern era. As churchgoers find themselves more rushed, under higher pressure and lacking time to commit to worship, a new approach may be necessary for 21st century congregations.

Get Consulting
Running a church can be difficult, as the pressures facing congregation members seem amplified at the church organizational level. To help cope with the new challenges facing 21st century churches, church consulting groups like Stadia provide a valuable and relatively inexpensive service. Explaining basic strategies for growth, management and membership retention, church-specific consulting services seem to be flourishing as church leaders struggle to expand amid increasing personal pressures and a harsh economic climate. In some regions, religious leaders may provide consulting services free of charge, and some local colleges or universities may offer management workshops from which church leaders can benefit.

Partner With Other Churches
Partnerships, incubated during the economic expansion periods in the 1980s and 1990s, have become common in 21st century commercial enterprises. Airlines, hotel chains, even restaurant groups partner together so customers can gain reap the benefits of a combined alliance. While frequent user points may not be explicitly applicable to church services, the commercial sector has demonstrated that partnerships among churches can be highly beneficial. Members can feel comfortable attending church services when they travel or move to a new location, and some partnerships may even help member churches overcome individual obstacles. Finally, church members who find themselves at issue with other church members can seek the unbiased advice of officials in a partner church without fear of social retribution.

Go Online
While the Internet may not be an appropriate venue for all denominations or individual churches, technology can be a powerful tool for expanding a church's reach and recruiting younger members. Tech savvy churches can benefit from a basic website that proclaims the church's message, and more advanced churches can employ online tools to answer questions and provide counseling to church members. For very technologically inclined church groups, live webcasts of sermons or church services can break geographical limitations, allowing potential members from around the world to tune in any time. By archiving recent services on the World Wide Web, churches also can cater to members who are unable to attend live services, further increasing the church's reach.