About Pastor Tracy

Hello, and welcome! I am glad that you found your way here. My blog is about practical, simple, concrete actions you can take each Sunday to grow your church. I strive only to recommend things that are proven to work in multiple churches and that I have actually used in my own churches with success.

If you are worried about your church because it is aging or in decline, then you don’t have the time, energy, or money to waste on unproven strategies or airy advice. You may not have the wherewithal to sort through those lists of 100 great ideas to jumpstart your youth group. You may not know what is indeed cost effective. You can’t afford to waste a whole lot of effort that leads to nothing.

It is my sincere desire to help small churches that may have only one person like you who is still trying to find a solution and turn their church around. You may be a minister, you may be in church leadership, you may be sitting in the pews. Most likely, you are already wearing too many hats. But you love your church and know it has something to offer. So you are still willing to try something new if you are convinced that it will make a difference in bringing new people into your church, even if you have to do it all by yourself. You have grit, and I want to help you.

I send out a blog each week via email so that you can be ready for next Sunday. I break down complex growth strategies into simple, concrete actions that anyone can do. I discuss the most commonly recommended strategies and steer you away from the ones that really don’t work or aren’t cost-effective. Occasionally I ask you to try something that I’m pretty sure will work, but I want to test it further before I am 100% convinced. I may need your help and feedback before we recommend it to other churches. In all things, I strive for evidence-based, practical actions that real people who aren’t necessarily growth specialists can do.

I am a church growth specialist who has been growing churches as a Minister, Outreach Chair, Director of Youth and Family Ministries, grant writer, workshop leader, and growth consultant since 1998. I was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ in 2012 and have served multiple churches in California.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog so that I can send you a simple, concrete action before next Sunday. I promise I won’t spam you, and I promise that you can unsubscribe any time you want to. If you subscribe today, I will send you a list of 14 tried-and-true methods for increasing your tithes and pledges.