I read another one of those church growth blog posts recently. You know the ones. A list of steps your church can take to break through whatever growth barrier you’re facing.
It was a very good list. Every one of the principles was about church health. In fact, as I read it, something started feeling very familiar. As I finished reading, I realized where the feeling of familiarity was coming from.
“Hey, that’s our church!” I said with a smile – to an empty room. “We do all those! We’ve been doing them for years. Cool!”
Yes, the picture the author drew of a healthy, growing church was an accurate description of the church I pastor. In all but one way.
Despite years of following every healthy step on the church growth list, our church hasn’t broken the numerical growth barriers.