Church growth is vital to church health… and not just when it comes to numbers. Perry Noble shares 8 reasons why your church may not be growing. Here are the first four:
1. THE VISION IS NOT CLEAR
If people don’t know where a church is supposed to be going, then it will attempt to go everywhere and eventually wind up nowhere. Want to run an interesting experiment? Ask people this coming Sunday at your church, “What is our vision?” and see if they give you the same answers or different ones.
2. THE FOCUS IS ON TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE
There is no church on the planet that will make everyone happy every single week, and according to the Scriptures that isn’t really supposed to be our obsession. Too many times we become so concerned with offending people that we actually offend Jesus.
3. PASSIONLESS LEADERSHIP
When leaders do what they do for a paycheck and not because it’s their passion, it’s over. I’ve said this over on my site before: I want difference makers, not paycheck takers. Also, it’s hard to be passionate about a place when a person’s average stay at a church is two years or less.
4. MANUFACTURING ENERGY
If a program is dead in a church, then it needs a funeral and the people need to move on. Investing time, energy, and money into something that is dead will not revive it. Celebrate the fact that “that” program had its day and then move on. Also, quit trying to fire people up over events that you would not attend if you were not on staff.
Matt Steen and Todd Rhoades discuss on this edition of Ministry Briefing… Click the video below to watch, and get the link to the other four reasons that Perry sites:
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