The challenge of a growing congregation

How do you grow in fruitfulness as a widespread church whose congregation is drawn from three communities? Letchworth Garden City Church’s Carl Johnston explains.

What does fruitfulness look like? That’s the question Letchworth Garden City Church is asking itself as it seeks to grow in discipleship and expand its ministries this year.

For pastor Carl Johnston (pictured above, inset, on photo of a Letchworth church baptism), the answer lies in strengthening the church, building on recent initiatives and nurturing future leaders.

Since the pandemic, LGCC has grown in numbers, so one practical question Carl and his team are addressing is how to cater for an expanding but widespread congregation.

“We’re in a small commuter town on the A1 corridor out of London and since Covid we’ve seen a lot of people migrating out to places like Letchworth, which means we have around 500-600 people taking part in church life,” Carl said.

With just half of LGCC’s congregation living in the town and others travelling from north Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, one avenue being explored is additional services in new locations.


Read the whole article in context in the March 2024 issue of Direction Magazine.

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Direction is the official monthly publication of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK, and is packed with all Elim's latest news, inspiration, vision and teaching. Find the latest edition and many back issues of Direction here.

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