Churches are certainly not alone when it comes to decline.
Many organisations get stuck and decline into maintenance mode and sadly even into impotence.
If that were not true we would never see new organisations starting up with the kind of frenzied activity we see every day around the globe.
What causes this decline?
Are there definitive reasons as to why churches stop growing?
What impedes healthy growth and accelerates decline?
What stops churches from growing?
7 Reasons Churches Stop Growing and Decline Into Impotence
1. Unhealthy Focus on Growth
When churches focus on growth as an end in itself they begin to obsess about numbers and focus on stats.
I’ve been in this unhealthy place.
It is death to your soul as you ride the inevitable roller coaster ride of strong or poor attendance and other indicators such as people leaving.
As a consultant and coach, my focus is on church health.
While I don’t neglect growth I don’t see it as an end. Making disciples of Christ is our end goal.
I also refuse to neglect or ignore the need to grow however I recognise that every church has an optimum size. This optimum size is determined by a range of factors including demographics, leadership capacity, community connections and so on.
Karl Vater’s infographic shows perception can be quite different from reality when it comes to the optimum size for a church.
When churches run with the mantra of growth, growth, growth and more growth it breeds an unholy discontent with a relatively productive status. However, it’s not being enjoyed because of this wild chase after growth.
Conduct a health check on your church.
This will involve analysing key stats such as baptism numbers, attendance relative to membership, the percentage of adults serving and in small groups.
Also, check on the spiritual vitality of your key leaders. Healthy leaders will lead you to a healthy church.[Read more…]