Why is my church not growing?

Freedom House Church has experienced significant growth since its inception and we often get asked why. God, of course, is totally responsible for our growth. However, in church, business, or practically any venture we have the opportunity to position ourselves for growth or failure. In church there are several particular things that can hinder growth, but really these can apply to almost any undertaking with just a minor tweak in the wording. If you have been a part of something that never grew, or perhaps your venture is stagnating now, consider these areas as you look for the reason:

1.The facility
2.Ministry model
3.Congregation mindset
4.Community dynamics
5.Competency of the staff
6.Pastor’s heart
7.Irrelevant style

Did you find something??

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~ by pennymaxwell on December 13, 2007.

8 Responses to “Why is my church not growing?”

  1. Another good point is the “Law of the Lid”. This principle was in John Maxwell’s book, 21 Irrefutable laws of a Leader. The Law of the Lid simply means that your organization will only rise to your level of leadership. As your leadership grows so does the organization. Whether it’s a church or a business the leadership must always be growing. We must be constantly expanding our knowledge and skills in leadership.

    If you are a pastor remember that your church is simply an expression of your relationship with God. God wants you to lead. Lead with passion. Lead with wisdom. Just LEAD! People are searching for a Leader.

  2. Ok babe so that can come under the pastor’s heart, congregation mindset, or the competency of the staff. It is there ya just have to find it. 🙂 Just kidding. I know what you are saying! Ha! Thanks for being such a great leader!!!!!

  3. What does 7.Irrelevant style mean?

  4. It means that the church has become irrelevant, out of touch. This can sometimes happen when there are no young people as the church grows older. A good example of this is the Apple computer company. They are the oldest computer company around but they realized they needed to connect to today’s people, the young. So they developed a Mac and now they are back on top again. The Mac is the computer that all of the young people use. Apple was able to have the stability of the old experience, but the freshness of the new/young. There needs to be a collaboration of old and young. Make sense?

  5. yes, thanks. But we can’t say that Mac is on top again. 😀 I happen to work at another great computer company.

  6. Well then that was the right example to use for you if you work at a computer company.

  7. you know i often fing my self asking God why the church is not growing but, but i had to come to understanding that it dont belong to me any way, he just chose me to run his church and and keep in line with his voice, and what he saying, i found myself trying to do to much on my own and it was not apart of gods plan, this cjurch was already in the plans of God before i was even though of Jer 1:5,29:11 so let pray that his will be done trough us as lader, God bless.

  8. @ Ellis Charles
    In my opinion…

    You really answered your own question with that statement. In reference to God “owning the Church”. Jesus was very specific when he said he was coming back for a Bride, therefore he has left it in our hands. WE OWN the Church, we build the Church, He left it in our hands and how we grow it and treat it, I believe we will be accounted for. Lack of ownership is what I would call the determining cause for a lack of growth.
    A Pastor is put in place to govern a Local expression of the Universal Church and that Local Church needs to have GREAT….

    1.The facility
    2.Ministry model
    3.Congregation mindset
    4.Community dynamics
    5.Competency of the staff
    6.Pastor’s heart
    7.Irrelevant style

    7 great points!

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