On Sunday afternoon, Jim Griffith talked about what younger churches can teach older churches. He said the first thing to learn is that times have changed; and pastors and lay members should be trained to mimic what new church planters are doing. “There is a new generation to be reached, and with different eyes,” he said.

He also provided reassurance that church planters should not be worried about having a lack of members. He said that only 18% of people in Wisconsin attended a place of worship last weekend. “New church starts understand that there are enough people to go around,” he said. “There’s a lot of fish out there; you’re just fishing in the wrong pond. Church planters are trained to know where to go to fish for new members.”

Griffith said one of the simplest and most effective ways to get new people to come to church is simply to talk to new people. “Very few pastors are able to go out in the community and meet new people,” he said. “One of the things we have existing churches do is revisit their community. Continue to see more and more new people around you.”

But he reminded everyone, “The goal is not to get new church members. The goal is to make disciples. They make a difference in their community; they matter,” he said. “Dare to be disciples in the 21st century.”