Healthy people grow. Healthy animals grow. Healthy trees grow. Healthy plants grow. Healthy churches grow. Growth is a characteristic that God supernaturally breathed into all living things. And the body of Christ—the local church—is a living thing.
So, when a church is not growing, it is helpful to ask: “Why?” If we understand the reason for a church’s lack of growth, it is easier to accurately diagnose the cause and to prescribe the cure. Here are the five most common “growth-restricting obstacles”…
Growth-restricting obstacle #1: The Pastor.
There are three different causes if the pastor is inhibiting the growth of a church:
1. The pastor does not have a PRIORITY. Churches grow when they have a priority for reaching the unchurched. When the pastor doesn’t, the church won’t. (See Luke 19:10)
2. The pastor does not have a VISION. Growing churches have pastors who believe God wants to reach people in their community and assimilate them into the Body. No vision for outreach is as much a barrier as no priority. (See Acts 16:9)
3. The pastor does not have the KNOWLEDGE. Working harder is not the secret to effective outreach. The secret is working smarter. Unfortunately, little is taught in most seminaries or Bible schools about how…Continue Reading