Eleven months ago, my wife, son and I relocated to Chandler, AZ to lead a nondenominational, parachute drop church plant.
One Church launched weekly worship services yesterday with 118 in attendance, 96 adults and 22 kids! (This photo was taken at the very beginning of the service before 3 more rows of people showed up.)
Our strategy has been to grow through word of mouth and social media, in addition to 30 grand opening signs placed around the city and our A-frame directional signs placed Saturday mornings. We tried targeted and saturation mail with a very low return. I will probably not use mail anymore in this area (direct mail worked well for me in Columbus, OH, however).
Leading up to the launch, we held six monthly preview services and a Christmas Eve service. In the first preview service last October, the total attendance was 43. In last months preview service, the total attendance was 73. So, we grew from 43 to 118 in six months.
We’ll see what the second week attendance is next Sunday. Let the emotional roller coaster begin!:)