Every church experiences seasons of growth, plateau and decline.
It’s the natural rhythm of life and it affects individuals as well as organisations.
There a multitude of things that to consider when your church stops growing.
When churches stop growing numerically there are a few helpful things that that pastors and leaders can do to handle this season in a healthy manner.
A pastor’s walk with Christ is the foundation of both healthy leadership and a healthy church.
Therefore, pastors should occupy the place of prayer regardless of whether the church is growing, plateaued or declining.
If your church is not growing, then your place of prayer is the place to cast your cares and burdens upon Christ and discover that he can sustain you through this season.
A fresh season of prayer, fasting and immersion in the Word of God can energise a pastor and lead them into fresh ways of thinking about their ministry, call and church.
This focus on personal spiritual renewal will increase the leader’s trust in Christ and can also bring a different perspective to their current season.
2. Enjoy Christ’s Exploits
A lack of growth brings discouragement to every leader.
An effective way to counter those disheartening feelings is to focus in on the various ways Christ is working in your church.
Simply ask your leaders and members this succinct question: what is the Lord currently doing in your life?
Give people space to answer that question and you’ll discover that Christ is at work in a multitude of small and large ways in your church.
We can miss the simple, yet powerful ways Christ is working by focusing on what is not happening rather than discovering what is happening.