All healthy and living things grow. Healthy churches will grow; both qualitatively and quantitatively. What stops churches from growing and remaining healthy and strong? Here are some solid reasons from Ron Edmondson.
Originally posted by Ron Edmondson
I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer.
Honestly, I dont know. There are probably different reasons for every church that stops growing.
But, this church is seeking answers. So, I decided to share Some thoughts to consider. And, I’m sharing them here.
Obviously, God is ultimately in charge of a churches growth. There are times where God is giving a season of rest and preparation for a church for something to come. In some situations, God may have even taken His hand from the church.
God is into church growth, however. I’m convinced He likes it when a church grows.
It’s our mission as believers to produce disciples and our model example of the first century church was a growing church, so outside the God factor, there are usually reasons for stagnation in a church. Because the church is an organization made up of people, these reasons are often similar to those you may find true as to why growth stalls in the life of an organization also.
In my experience, the are some common variables when growth stalls.
Here are 5 suggestions:
YOU GET COMFORTABLE
It’s okay to be comfortable, but when you hang out there too long, it can be dangerous, because you stop trying new things to spur growth and excitement.
YOU QUIT DREAMING
Dreams inspire, challenge, and grow people and organizations. What could the church accomplish to reach its community? You’ll never dream bigger than the dreams God has for you or your church.
YOU STOP TAKING RISKS
You can’t succeed at anything without a measure of risk. Playing it safe never grows anything. The call of God always involves risk-taking.
YOU START MAINTAINING
When you fall into the mode of protecting what you have, you’ll be less likely to encourage growth for fear of losing ground.
YOU FAIL TO WALK BY FAITH.
Especially for the church — we are a faith-based organization. If you aren’t walking by faith in what you are doing it is impossible to please God. (That’s Biblical. Look it up!)
Those are my quick thoughts.
Obviously, there is so much more to this issue and to each one of these answers. These are general responses and there are specific issues with every church or organization. Hopefully thinking through each of these as a paradigm for brainstorming may help trigger thoughts towards actions which can spur future growth.
But, I’ve also learned that activity leads to activity. Maybe just having the discussions will begin to stir new momentum. Pray hard and ask God to stir big.
What would you add?