December 13, 2015 Tony Morgan

20 Politically Incorrect Thoughts on Church in America

ChurchRewindOver the past couple of months we have been celebrating a decade of TonyMorganLive.com. It’s been so much fun looking back at some of the posts that have really stood out over the past 10 years. I think this post actually happened because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. And even though it offended some church people, it was one of the most popular articles in the history of my site.

The top post of 2014 was:

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.
  11. I still don’t understand what a “missional” church is.
  12. Shared leadership doesn’t work. When all the leaders are equal, no one is leading.
  13. People visit the website before they visit the church. That should frighten most churches.
  14. I’d always hire a kid’s pastor before I’d hire a youth pastor.
  15. Contrary to Rick Warren’s books, most churches are still program-driven. Churches still think getting people involved in more activities helps people become more like Jesus. That doesn’t work.
  16. Churches without lay leadership accountability within the church are one moral failure away from collapse.
  17. We spend a lot of money to send people on sightseeing trips and to repaint buildings on the other side of the world.
  18. Every church should do a marriage series, a money series and a series on life purpose every year. Christians need it, and I’m guessing unchurched people do too.
  19. It’s impossible to rally people around a vision unless it’s specific and measurable. And I really do believe NewSpring Church is going to reach 100,000 people in South Carolina.
  20. Most churches say they’re outward-focused, but their worship services and calendars indicate otherwise.

It’s probably just better for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Carry on with your regularly scheduled programming.

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. 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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