Here are 5 trade-offs many churches are making today:
1) Trading long-term health for more people in seats.
I get it, numbers matter. Every number is a name, every name has a soul and every soul matters to Jesus. Whether you are part of a church of 100 or 10,000, growth is extremely important. However, there is a big difference between drawing a crowd and building a healthy church. Concerts draw crowds. Sports events draw crowds. Crowds come and go. Simply getting people in seats is never a wise trade-off for long-term health. A wiser approach may be to
2) Trading strong volunteers and leaders for non-committed followers.
Be honest with yourself here: How important are people to you? Do you communicate their importance to them? When was the last time you paid attention to the turnover rate of your staff and volunteers?
If hanging on to dynamic leaders is a challenge, there is a strong possibility that you have stopped caring for and developing the people who are serving in your ministry. We know that staff and volunteer health is definitely
3) Trading your goals for things that don’t matter.
This is definitely an issue. Many
For example, many churches pour time and resources into events and programs for people who already attend their church, thus neglecting to have any effective external impact. Now, investing in your congregation matters. But, as a church, it is our mission to reach people outside of the church and introduce them to Jesus. We can’t do that if we are internally focused. Churches also often pour resources into
4) Trading wisdom for speculation.
Too many churches are guessing about whether or not they are winning. One of the first steps to leading change is finding out where you are and developing a plan to move forward. This is why our team developed
5) Trading fun, upbeat, creative services for boring and predictable experiences.
Are your attendees bored out of their minds? Seriously, are they? Look around on a Sunday morning. If people look sleepy and disengaged, something is off. It might be time to
While it often feels easier to trade long-term results for short-term effects, healthy change takes time. It’s important to stay focused on your vision and the steps it will take to get there. If you feel like your church could use an outside perspective to clarify your vision and craft a strategic plan to move forward effectively, take a look at