There are over 300,000 churches in the United States.
That averages to be about 6,000 churches per state.
(I learned math in high school.)
So… if 300,000 churches were running on all cylinders, wouldn’t we see things drastically different in this country?
The truth is… most churches are mediocre (at best).
Chuck Lawless offers some insight into why churches are mediocre. See if any of these sting just a little:
1. No evaluation. Do you evaluate anything? Your worship services? Your sermons? If you’re not evaluating anything, there is little chance that anything will ever change for the better.
2. Tolerance of mistakes. If you allow things as simple as mistakes in the bulletin, or unplanned worship services… your church is screaming mediocrity. (Please don’t count the typos in this post).
3. Poor maintenance. Untrimmed bushes, potholes in the parking lot all communicate that you really don’t care all that much.
4. Internal building maintenance. Chipping paint, light bulbs that are out, worn carpeting communicate that you’ve stopped caring in most instances.
5. You con’t count. This will ruffle some people that say all people do is count numbers. But numbers count. And if you’re not bothering to keep attendance records, there is a reason. Really… there is a reason.
6. No clear discipleship plan. Discipleship doesn’t just happen without a plan (usually). Do you have one?
7. Tolerance of sin. If your congregation allows blatant sin to continue and does nothing about it, you have to ask yourself why that is.
8. No membership class. Some churches don’t have a membership class because one isn’t needed. This is a really good sign that you’re resting on your laurels.
9. No vision. Yep… the people will perish.
10. No outreach. Does your church have a global passion (or, even just a passion for your local community?)
11. No new workers. When was the last time a new person served at your church? Are you regularly assimilating new people into service?
12. Lack of ‘healthy chaos’. Most churches are chaotic. But healthy churches, according to Lawless are “continually evaluating and stretching themselves while deeply holding to the Word and the truth of the gospel.” A big of chaos is the norm.
How are you doing?
How mediocre is YOUR church? What can you do to change it today?