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How to Start a New Service

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How to Start a New Service

17.20 18.99

No matter how many services your church has, adding a new style service will help you reach new people. This book answers all the questions you will have, along with some you wouldn’t have even thought to ask. Includes helpful worksheets to guide your church’s planning.

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Based on a five-year study conducted by Church Growth, Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), Charles Arn suggests that perhaps one-half of the churches in the United States should consider starting a new worship service immediately. Research of hundreds of churches that added new services to their existing programs showed that this is perhaps the single most effective way for a congregation to grow and reach new people. And for Arn, that is the fulfillment of what ought to be the most important goal for any church–reaching the unreached.

The adjective new is, according to Arn, an important one. The key to growth is for churches to broaden their appeal beyond their current membership base by adding worship services that are substantially different.

Readers will find useful guidelines and practical examples that illustrate methods successfully adopted in a number of churches as well as pitfalls that can be avoided. Both clergy and lay leaders will profit from the wealth of information presented here as they begin the planning process, gather support among congregational leaders, determine their target audience, and hold their first services.


How to Start a New Service demonstrates why Charles Arn is a leading spokesperson for the Church Growth Movement. Destined to be a classic, this strategic book presents both the why’s and hows of adding new style worship services which will reach new people for Christ. Do you desire to see an increase in your total worship attendance? Then buy, read, and use this book.

Gary L. McIntosh
Church Growth Consultant, Author, and Seminary Professsor
The Church Growth Network