If you’ve ever been a part of a fast-growing church, you know how much fun it can be. New people who are unfamiliar with Jesus begin attending, friends are bringing friends, you’re adding new staff members, you’re building buildings, you’re starting new ministries, and (most important of all) people are meeting Jesus and being baptized. But here are 5 of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen fast-growing churches make:
Browsing: Growing Strategies
When was the last time your church experienced interruption? Not a baby crying during a sermon or technology glitch during worship — an interruption on your current course. If your church hasn’t experienced an interruption recently, there’s a good chance you need one. Here’s why:
Every investment in your children’s ministry is an investment in the future of your church. Here are three critical elements to a thriving children’s ministry:
As a church experiences growth, their weekend experience often does not grow alongside it. However, your weekend experience can be critical to your growth.
I’ll be honest: this is one of the hardest topics for me to address. There are times when a church has entered what I call the Life Support season of the church life cycle. In other words, they’re near death. The doors of the church are about ready to close. Take a look at these 4 characteristics so you know the warning signs.
You have probably heard it said, “A camel is just a horse designed by a committee.” That is pretty funny once you get up close to a camel and are aware of all its oddities. Some of the churches we work with at The Unstuck Group also have their own oddities, what we refer to as “stuckness,” due in part to their large amount of boards and/or committees.
Sometimes short-term decisions feel like wins but, in reality, these trade-offs are drifting you further and further from your mission and vision.
A few weeks ago we hosted a private webinar for folks who pre-ordered their copies of The Unstuck Church. The group that participated sent in questions ahead of time, and we thought a few of them might be good ones to answer for blog readers as well. Here were a few of those questions and how we answered them:
Most pastors of small churches want to reach and impact more people over time. Adding a second service at the right time and for the right reasons can help them in that effort. However, church leaders and congregants in smaller congregations often raise passionate objections whenever this topic is considered.
The activities may be different today, but the majority of smaller churches we meet are still operating with a 1970s mindset.
It’s commonly said that you can tell if a church is insider-focused or outsider-focused by how they make decisions. Do they make decisions based on whom they’re trying to keep or whom they’re trying to reach? Oh, if it were only that simple.
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.