This comes from Dave Kraft.
Here Are 5 Issues That Can Keep A Church From Growing:
When the body begins to think “this is my church”, it will soon start
operating outside the complete power and utter dependency of the
rightful owner. It will then lose the Spirit’s power.
The lack of energy stagnates a church. This is not referring to
worship. You can worship to your taste, but energy is a part of any
movement of God. The church is the body of Christ. Don’t forget…our God
is not dead…He’s alive! A church is revived and reenergized when it
renews its vision. As a church grows closer to Christ, and introduces
others to Christ, it creates more energy for the body.
If you can’t get excited about the Gospel, you’re not looking at Christ
close enough. Anyone who can raise from the dead, forgive sins, and
reconcile us to God…that’s exciting! When the people who regularly
attend the church aren’t excited anymore, visitors aren’t likely to be
either. When a body becomes comfortable, it often becomes complacent,
and it loses the excitement it once had. It is then no longer attractive
The body needs all its members. When a few people do all the work
burnout is soon to follow. The church shouldn’t depend on paid staff to
do all the work, nor should ministry be limited to those with a
volunteer title of some sort. If assignments have to be made before
people are freed to do the work of the church, over time, the harvest is
plenty, but the workers are few.
When programs are so structured that even God couldn’t introduce
change, decline is imminent. Growing churches are always thinking how
they can improve. The cliche is true, the message never changes, but the
hearers do. Finding new ways to reach a changing culture with a Gospel
that never changes is part of a growing church’s responsibility.
Obviously there are many other
reasons; these are just a few I’ve observed. Whenever I work with a
church in decline, I will first look for one of these areas as a
+What have you seen keep a church from growing?