It’s not easy. It’s demanding. It requires patience and endurance to make it happen. You may be thinking, “What is not easy, demanding and entails a great deal of patience and endurance.” I am referring to growing a Southern Baptist church. In today’s world, churches face many challenges – generational, worship, program, vision, and financial. But, I believe the greatest challenge facing our 2,058 churches is “how are we going to reach the unchurched people in Mississippi?” On any given Sunday, two million people are not attending any church in our state. Over the past years, Southern Baptist churches have not grown numerically in proportion to the growth of our state. To meet this challenge, every Mississippi Baptist must embrace the concept of church growth. Each person must grow spiritually and help their church grow numerically.

Resources are available from the Church Growth Division to assist the local church develop strategy that will result in an effective healthy church. Church growth will happen as the church disciples the believer and ultimately “Helps to Bring Mississippi and the World to Jesus.”