January 6, 2015 Tony Morgan

#2 in 2014: 20 Politically Incorrect Thoughts on Church in America

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and I’ve decided I’d like to offend some church people today. On a good day, I’ll catch myself before I speak. Today is not a good day. Here are…

20 Politically Incorrect Thoughts on Church in America

  1. It’s not possible to offer three different types of worship services and do them all well. It’s also confusing to the people you’re trying to reach.
  2. Sunday school competes with kid’s ministry for space and volunteers. Kid’s ministry should be the higher priority.
  3. There are many dead and dying churches that don’t have any debt. Eliminating debt is not the win…no matter what Dave Ramsey says.
  4. I think LifeChurch.tv and North Point will thrive after Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley are gone because both churches embrace team teaching, develop leaders and establish healthy systems. Many large churches lack all three.
  5. Worship music is too slow and too repetitive. Worship music is too slow and too repetitive. Worship music is too slow and too repetitive.
  6. Once a church gets beyond a few hundred people, it’s really dysfunctional for boards and committees to be involved in day-to-day decision-making around purchases, facility maintenance and staffing issues.
  7. When you feel like you are the only person in the room bringing ideas to the table, you are the problem.
  8. Churches don’t effectively engage women in senior leadership roles.
  9. Every church should be actively planning to add a service, add a campus or plant a church.
  10. I’ve never seen an unhealthy church with too many volunteers. I’ve seen many unhealthy churches with too many staff.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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