Those ’10 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Growing’ Lists Aren’t Motivating, But Discouraging

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Please stop beating us down for what you think we’re not doing. Guilt doesn’t motivate, it discourages.

I love my church. I want it to be strong, healthy and growing.

That’s why I read church ministry blogs and books, go to conferences and seminars, listen to podcasts… whatever I can get my hands on. I’m always looking for the best advice I can find.

But I’m not going to read any more ‘10 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Growing’ lists. At least for a while.

Why? Take a look at some reasons for lack of church growth that I’ve read recently:

  • There’s no priority to reach the unchurched
  • Disobedience to the scriptures
  • Honoring the building more than people
  • Selfish attitudes
  • No vision for the future
  • There’s an attitude of “We like our church just the way it is…which is without you!”

Oh my. The truth is, a church with those attitudes will not grow. And it shouldn’t grow. Because it’s not healthy.

So why have I stopped reading those posts? Because they’re based on a false premise. They presume that if a church isn’t growing numerically, it must be filled with self-serving, petty attitudes.

That presumption isn’t just incorrect for most churches and their pastors, but hurtful. And it damages the very people they’re trying to help.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters