Transfer growth occurs through at least two sets of circumstances with the obvious one being the arrival or departure of a new minister. The leader brings such natural initial enthusiasm and charisma to the ministry that people from other churches are attracted there perhaps even out of curiosity. The opposite is also possible when a minister leaves so do a segment of the congregation who were unhappy for a number of reasons. Perhaps these people are bored with their former church, had a disagreement, or something else causes them to get itchy feet! During a new pastor's "honeymoon period," or initial six months in a church, this kind of transfer growth tends to happen, much to everyone's encouragement at the time. "See," he says to his bishop, "I've been here only three months and the congregation has increased by fifty percent already!" The bishop pats him on the back and counsels, "Let's wait and see, shall we?" When the dynamic minister leaves then so do many of his people.✞
Carey Nieuwhof, speaks and writes about Church Transfer Growth. "Transfer growth has several challenges that, unattended, can wreak havoc in your church. Not all transfer growth is bad. But you have to be careful. And transfer growth is inevitable. As much as you shoot for 100% of your growth to be from the unchurched, if you've got a great ministry, transfer growth will happen. But it does come with challenges.✞
1. THE DISCONTENT THAT DROVE THEM FROM THE LAST CHURCH OFTEN DRIVES THEM FROM YOURS.
2. OVER-ENTHUSIASM INITIALLY OFTEN BECOMES ANGER EVENTUALLY.
3. THEY COMPARE YOUR CHURCH TO THE LAST CHURCH THEY LEFT.
4. A CONSUMER MINDSET CAN LEAVE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE BLEACHERS.
5. UNDERSTAND THAT ALIGNMENT AROUND YOUR STRATEGY WILL BE THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR TRANSFER GROWTH.✞
Consider your own church, is it a friendly group to be with? If the pastor moved, would many of your people leave too?✞