If your church has spent more than five years in an attendance range of between 290 to 490, you are stuck at the 400 barrier.
In my experience, more senior pastors reach out for help at this size range than any other. That’s because the complexity of issues they confront at this size are fundamentally different from what had to be addressed to break the 100 and 200 barriers.
If you keep bumping up against this size range, consider these five most common reasons why this might be happening.
1. The Governing Board Still Operates a Small-Church Leadership Structure
As a church grows from 100 to 400, frequently the senior pastor has changed, and the church has changed, but the governing elder board has not. To move past this barrier, the board must evolve.
I’ve written elsewhere about the by-law shift that must take place at this size, so I won’t repeat that here. Governing board members must wrestle with this question: “Are we willing to change (and even lose our positions on the board) to reach people far from God?”