I’m closing in on 20 years working in and with churches. Along the way, I’ve seen many amazing ministries. But I’ve also seen churches do some crazy things. Here are 10 examples of things I’ve seen churches do that lead directly to church splits.
Author Tony Morgan
The preservation phase is a challenging season for churches. The signs of decline and lack of health become obvious, but the pain typically isn’t bad enough to foster a desire for change. Wondering if your church is stuck here? Here are some of the characteristics of churches in the preservation phase.
According to recent research, 4 out of 5 people aren’t regularly listening to a podcast. Personally, I have found podcasts to be a valuable tool. I’m sure there are many reasons for those statistics, but I started to wonder if at the most basic level, the majority of people still don’t know exactly what a podcast is or how they could benefit from taking the time to figure it out. So, I wanted to provide a basic rundown of what podcasts are and hopefully answer some questions you may have.
Leading from a scarcity mentality about volunteers can get your church stuck. Here’s what that looks like in the local church and how it can stunt growth.
Churches are typically in the maintenance season for months or even years before they realize it.
Most churches start, grow, thrive, decline and eventually end. But I believe God’s plan for our churches is that they grow in maturity towards a peak of sustained health. How can you avoid getting stuck in one of these phases and succeed in experiencing sustained health?
When churches are small, relationships drive everything. Relationships are the reason people show up to events. But that dynamic is different in large churches. If the goal is to encourage relationships that foster spiritual growth, bigger events actually make it more challenging. So how should large churches define what is a “win” for their events?
I’m always amazed at the number of relatively-large churches I encounter that are still operating like small churches. Why do churches continue to embrace structures that impede healthy growth?
We’re celebrating something that happened last month: we officially served our 200th church. Here’s what’s crazy. It took us a full six years to serve the first 100 churches, and less than two years to serve the second 100 churches. With that growth and momentum, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some of these may seem obvious, but I’m hopeful they encourage and maybe challenge you to consider your next steps.
Going multisite can quickly turn organizational cracks into significant gaps. Catch a video replay of our recent webinar on the four most common mistakes we see churches make when launching a new campus.
Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen when a church is built more on the big personality of the pastor than Jesus. But actually… that’s true of any personality type.
As I sat across from this senior leader at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed because I saw his organizational chart before I walked into his office. Every leader of every ministry in the church reported directly to him, which is not an uncommon structure for small and mid-sized churches. That can work for a season. In my experience, though, when a church grows to 1,000 or more attendance, that structure will begin to buckle. The lead pastor’s span of care becomes too large.