“A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I’m not trying to disrespect them . but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him. I don’t have to go to church.”To tell the truth, this isn’t a real surprise coming from someone his age, is it? Do 17 year olds see the value in church? And if they don’t, what can we do to fix it? Is the solution in trying to get them to conform to our Sunday morning 11:00 format? Or is there a better solution for the church than the Sunday AM gathering that our parents and grandparents flocked to? What do YOU think? SOURCE
- 100 – This is a group of people who are circling around a good vision-caster. This group likely knows everybody. They are really vision based … and giving can be strong with a key/sending group. One key ideal/vision is the reason for this group to have developed. 6 months in is a tricky season at this level … stagnation can hit around this mark.
- 300 – This group of people essentially are the typical church. 2 to 3 staff. Duct tape systems & processes. Not everyone in the church knows each other. Typically, I see a pastor change here … after one or two attempts of trying to grow the church but unsuccessful. Churches that grow out of this stage … change their mindset on scaling … and start to really believe in the power of small groups AND volunteerism.
- 600 to 800 – This church is now a small organization. 3 to 5 staff. Volunteers emphasis is imperative. Church goes from church of 300 to 600/700 by developing (maybe for 1st time) systems & processes. Refinement of ministries tied to mission/goals likely happens. This is where people who attend are challenged with church not being about them – and an attack on consumerism by attendees. Churches often make the mistake of building something here as THE solution to growth.
â€œIâ€™ve gone for 30 years now,â€ he wrote, â€œand in that time I have heard something like 203,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I canâ€™t remember a single one of them. So, I think Iâ€™m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.â€OK… let’s have your best answer… Todd