7 Signs Your Church Is (Finally) Reaching Unchurched People

reaching the unreached

So as a church leader you have a desire to reach new people with the good news of Jesus.

Reaching the Unreached

But how do you know your church is really finally (truly) reaching the unchurched?

First, you can (and should) use data to find out whether you are attracting transfer growth or truly unchurched people. Your welcome card can capture that data. For example, over half the people who come to our church for the first time check the boxes on our welcome card that indicate that they don’t attend church or come once or twice a year. We consider that to be ‘unchurched.’

But it’s not just the fact that people coming tell you they don’t attend church. You can also tell you’re making inroads because of how unchurched people change the dynamic in your church.

Your church will simply not be the same anymore. And that’s where it gets hard for many congregations and leaders.

Preparing to reach unchurched people is one thing (here are nine signs your church is ready to reach unchurched people). But when unchurched people actually start connecting with your church, things change deeply.

When you see these seven signs pop up in your church, you will know that you are finally (really) reaching the unchurched.

1. People Aren’t Singing Much During the Service

If you think about it, this shouldn’t surprise you.

Christians are about the only people left in our culture who sing corporately on a weekly basis. Unchurched people may like your music, but they won’t necessarily sing it. Be OK with that. We’ve learned to be.

While we’re trying to raise the passion level in our church services, it’s simply always going to be a tension between those who love to sing (committed Christians), those who are learning to sing and those who simply endure that part of the service (no matter how awesome the worship team is).

Churched people visit our church all the time and remark on how not everyone is singing. As much as we’re trying to engage people in worship, I’ve just decided it’s just a tension we need to live in.

Think about it: The goal is not to get unchurched people to sing…it’s to lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus.

To manage the tension, we limit the music to three or four songs songs. Christians get to sing. Unchurched people appreciate the band. And people’s lives get changed.

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Carey Nieuwhof
Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.